Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have several opportunitites for advocacy around counter-terrorism financing (CTF) laws and policies that impede their work. At its April 18 consultation with NPOs in Vienna, Austria, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) agreed to accept written comments on revisions to its Recommendation 8 (R8) on nonprofits and look at NPO-suggested revisions to the Interpretive Note (IN).
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On February 25, 2016, 58 nonprofit organizations (NPOs), including umbrella groups with more than 300 member organizations, sent a letter to the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State asking them to convene a multi-stakeholder dialogue as part of a broader effort to ensure that registered, law-abiding NPOs are able to access the global financial system.
In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 50 organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, raise serious concerns about the UN's plans for preventing violent extremism (PVE), including a resolution and an upcoming panel on “human rights and preventing and countering violent extremism” at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
On January 15, 2016, 123 signatories from 46 countries sent a letter calling on the Financial Action Task Force “to open a process to revise Recommendation 8” as it inaccurately states that “Non-profit organisations are particularly vulnerable” to abuse by terrorists.