CSN Events Overview

April 26, 2011

Know Your Rights Series

Charity & Security Network hosts a series of webinars on knowing your rights and protecting your nonprofit organization. Please check our website regularly for additional webinars in this series. For additional resources, see the Know Your Rights section of our website. 
November 13, 2018 Webinar - Responding to Congressional Investigations
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Abstract: UN Special Rapporteur Calls for End to Attacks on Civil Society

May 14, 2019

In her report to the Fortieth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on the role of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on closing space (Advance Unedited Version, A/HRC/40/52, February 18, 2019), Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláin urgently calls for action to be taken against the increasingly aggressive efforts to close civil society space, ostensibly in the name of counterterrorism. In doing so, she makes connections between several seemingly unrelated topics, including the role of international bodies like the Financial Access Task Force (FATF), increased dangers to journalists, the lack of cohesive definitions of terrorism and violent extremism, the useful vagueness of “material support” and de-risking of charities (particularly Muslim charities).

Abstract: Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation

April 30, 2019

In Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation, authors Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik and Emily Myers, through the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, seek to identify where peacebuilding programs have “directly correlated to reduced levels of violence” in order to design more targeted programs that directly impact violence and its causes. This is especially relevant because as of the report’s publication, levels of global violent conflict are at a 25-year high, with 402 current violent conflicts and warfare “bleeding more and more from the battlefield into the domestic space.” Traditional peacebuilding methods are not adequate to address national, subnational, or ethnic conflicts, which are far more common than international conflicts.

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Abstract: Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework

April 15, 2019

In her report Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework, Alice Debarre poses the question of how UN and UN member state counterterrorism frameworks affect and interact with International Humanitarian Law (IHL). She does this through exploring what prevents IHL and counterterrorism frameworks from working together, specifically the principle of impartiality, which is significantly complicated by the lack of consensus on a definition for terrorism, terrorist act, or terrorist, and how designated terrorists should be treated under IHL. In this section she also references a status that has negatively impacted many an NGO: material support. Because medical personnel and aid groups are bound by medical ethics as well as IHL (specifically impartiality) under both UN and their host country’s counterterrorism laws, delivering aid becomes ever more difficult and risky as more and more counterterrorism laws are applied.

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Summary of UN Security Council Resolution 2462 on Counter Terrorist Financing

April 4, 2019

The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2462 to “Combat, Criminalize Financing of Terrorists, Their Activities” on March 28, 2019. It is binding on all member states and can be enforced by UN sanctions. Sponsored by France, Resolution 2462 is the results of intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, including efforts by civil society to include clear safeguards for humanitarian and peacebuilding activities as well as cautions against further bank derisking of nonprofit organizations (NPOs). It is the first comprehensive UN resolution on countering financing of terrorism (CFT), incorporating a patchwork of previous resolutions and broadening CFT efforts to address new threats and improve investigation and enforcement activities.  Notably, Resolution 2462 requires member states to take international humanitarian (IHL), human rights law (IHRL) and refugee (IRL) law into account and make CFT efforts consistent with these existing legal obligations. These safeguards, which are weaker than what civil society proposed, will require civil society engagement at both the UN and member state level to build understanding of what IHL, IHRL and IRL require and advocate for appropriate implementation. This engagement will be a major factor in how Resolution 2462 impacts civil society, as there are no clear enforcement mechanisms for violations of these human rights and humanitarian standards.

Abstract: 2019 State of Civil Society Report

April 2, 2019

CIVICUS’s "State of Civil Society Report 2019: The Year in Review" is an urgent, clear call to action for all those who participate in or rely on the work of civil society organizations (CSOs) throughout the world. Noting the increasing criminalization of assistance to migrants as an example, CIVICUS Secretary General Lysa John says civil society confronts a “rising tide of global mean-spiritedness, a public compassion deficit.” She calls for a global campaign to restate and protect the right to humanitarian action, based on a new narrative that is clear on what civil society stands for and envisions ambitious but achievable change.

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Abstract: NGOs and Risk

March 20, 2019

NGOs & Risk: Managing Uncertainty in Local-International Partnerships is a massive and unprecedented forward step in quantifying and strengthening partnerships between International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and Local/National Non-Governmental Organizations (L/NNGOs) at a time when regulations and security concerns are making humanitarian work increasingly more difficult. Co-authors InterAction and Humanitarian Outcomes, with the support of USAID, explore partnership types, risk ownership and allocation in partnerships, and risk management, and conclude with recommendations for all parties involved with humanitarian work.

Abstract: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

March 12, 2019

In Untangling a Marriage of Convenience: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism, authors Tracey Durner and Danielle Cotter argue that, although anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) efforts have much in common, this melding places “undue burden on the private sector to understand the intent of criminals behind the actual transactions.” Some even contend that “misguided” CFT policies are leading to ineffective, and perhaps even harmful results.

USIP Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States releases "A New Approach"

March 6, 2019

As the humanitarian and financial costs of terrorism continue to increase, the United States Institute for Peace’s (USIP) Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States has issued a new report calling on Congress and all Americans to adopt a bold new paradigm to prevent vulnerabilities and foster peace. The report, Extremism in Fragile States: A New Approach, shifts the focus to prevention. “If we can mitigate the underlying conditions that allow extremism to emerge and spread in these states, the United States will be closer to breaking out of the costly cycle of perpetual crisis response, pushing back against the growing threat of extremism, and positioning itself effectively for strategic engagement with its competitors,” USIP said. (Read more.)

Abstract: "Shrinking Space" Report Exposes NGO Monitor

January 22, 2019

NGO Monitor is a politically motivated organization that maintains close coordination and cooperation with the Israeli government, according to a report issued last year by the Policy Working Group, NGO Monitor: Shrinking Space: Defaming human rights organizations that criticize the Israeli occupation. "It consistently shields and promotes government policies that seek to perpetuate, consolidate and expand Israel's occupation of, and control over, the Palestinian territories," the report states.