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Report: Injustices, Not Economics, Drive Youth Recruitment in Armed Groups

Date: 
April 20, 2015

Experiences of injustice, rather than economics, drive youth to armed movements, according to a new report by Mercy Corps, Youth & Consequences: Unemployment, Injustice and Violence. According to the report, a growing body of evidence finds no relationship between unemployment and young people’s willingness to engage in or support political violence.

Study: Hanging By a Thread- The Ongoing Threat to Somalia's Remittance Lifeline

Date: 
February 23, 2015

On Feb. 19, 2015, Adeso, the Global Center on Cooperative Security and Oxfam, released Hanging by a Thread: The Ongoing Threat to Somalia’s Remittance Lifeline, which details how bank account closures impact many Somalians who depend on remittances,  in order to fulfill basic survival needs and invest in small businesses.  Remittances are handled by Money Transfer Operations (MTOs) who rely on banks to transfer the funds internationally.

UN Releases Report on the Impact of Multilateral Organizations on Civil Society, Freedoms, Citing FATF

Date: 
October 17, 2014

The UN has released the report of Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of assocation, that "addresses concerns about the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral organizations," generally defined as groups made of up of three or more countries.

Summary and Analysis: President Obama’s September 2014 Civil Society Memorandum and Initiatives

Date: 
October 13, 2014

One year after President Obama’s speech at the United Nations on the need to protect civil society globally the White House released two documents that set out an ambitious agenda to strengthen civil society.  First, a Presidential Memorandum directed federal agencies that conduct international work to take proactive steps in four concrete areas, and to report back on their progress annually.  The second document, a

Report: Terrorist Listing/Delisting Process Unconstitutional, Needs Reforms

Date: 
July 24, 2014

In July, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) published a report on the violations of due process rights in Treasury Dept’s terrorist designation and delisting process.  The report covers the problems caused by the process, the legal framework that has allowed Treasury to violate due process rights, and the legal problems that must be addressed to correct the system.

Report: The OFAC List: Due process challenges in designation and delisting by LCCR of SF Bay Area

Date: 
July 18, 2014

A July 2014 report by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area examines the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of Treasury process for listing (designating) and delisting people and organizations as terrorists or supporters of terrorism. It points out the lack of adequate due process for challenging a listing or remedy for being wronged.

Report Uncovers Over-Hyped Material Support of Terrorism Prosecutions by U.S.

Date: 
July 3, 2014

Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms released the May 2014 report, “Inventing Terrorism” a study illustrating the abusive and overall ineffective nature of anti-terrorism laws to protect America from terrorist attacks.  The study states that fewer than six percent of cases that the Department of Justice (DOJ) have listed as “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions,” involved real terrorist threats.  The remaining 94 percent of cases are preemptive prosecutions or cases

Study: The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts by EISF

Date: 
June 19, 2014

The European Interagency Security Forum published The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts, An Analysis of Transformational Factors Affecting Humanitarian Action in the Coming Decade, a report on the evolving landscape of humanitarian action.  It finds that humanitarian action has seen  massive changes resulting in a need for increase security for organizations working in conflict areas.  For example there are now many more parties involved, including governments, private sect

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