Mohammed El Halabi was subjected to 50 days of administrative detention and interrogation before being indicted by Israel on Aug. 4, 2016. He is charged with diverting funds to Hamas during his tenure as head of World Vision’s Gaza office. His detention and interrogation raise questions about fair procedures in the investigation, transparency and realities of risks for aid groups working in conflict zones, as well as the restrictive legal environment for nonprofit organizations in Israeli law.
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In a July 21 letter to the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State, the Charity & Security Network thanks the Treasury for publicly stating that banks need not be infallible in applying their due diligence obligations reasonably and that U.S. nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are not by definition high-risk banking customers.
Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, concluded a two week visit to the US with a press conference on July 27 in Washington, DC, where he released his preliminary findings. Kiai addressed a wide scope of topics, from policing of demonstrations to labor rights to counterterrorism. His visit took him to Washington, Baltimore, Ferguson, Phoenix, New Orleans, Jackson, and the political convention sites in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
As the United Nations nears the end of a 10-year review of its 2006 Counter-Terrorism Strategy and deliberations of its Platform for Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, input to the process submitted by the peacebuilding community expresses concern with the "cognitive dissonance" between states' counterterror (CT), countering violent extremism (CVE) and development agenda.
Because the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide different viewpoints, tools, and expertise, the two agencies determined that a joint strategy utilizing the diverse strengths of both bodies is the United States’ best option for preventing and countering the spread of violent extremism (CVE). That strategy, released May 28, outlines the agencies’ plans for CVE moving forward, and will be updated every two years.