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
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
The Harvard Law School/Brookings Project on Law and Security published a May 2014 study outlining the procedures humanitarian groups use to ensure their aid is not diverted to unintended recipients.
The Medical Neutrality Act of 2013 (HR 2033)is a bipartisan bill that makes medical neutrality a policy priority of the U.S. by withholding military assistance, including training and arms sales, to any government that restricts access to medical services.
The 2014 annual report from Front Line Defenders cites restrictive legislation as a major concern for global human rights defenders (HRDs). The report highlights many countries around the world that have used legal and regulatory measures to crack down on civil society and HRDs in particular. They also found documented instances of at least 26 HRDs who were killed for their work promoting human rights. According to the report:
A Jan. 30, 2014 study commissioned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found deficiencies in the evaluation process undertaken by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The FATF, a global intergovernmental organization that recommends anti-terrorist financing standards, evaluates government’s compliance with recommendations and publishes their ratings.
The changes in how lawyers approach the use of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in the post-9/11 landscape are discussed in a January 2014 law review. Naz K. Modirzadeh argues that "folk international law," a "law-like discourse that relies on a confusing and soft admixture of IHL, jus ad bellum, and IHRL" is being increasingly used as framework for the global war on terror.
Published by the Humanitarian Policy Group in December 2013, Talking to the Other Side –Humanitarian Negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia is an in-depth study that sheds light on dynamics and details of negotiations between aid organizations and Al-Shabaab, primarily between 2008 and the famine of 2011. It provides historical context to the impossible choices facing aid agencies and details how both Al-Shabaab and the actions of donor governments ex
In order to ensure that Department of Defense (DOD) funds are not awarded to individuals or groups that actively oppose United States (U.S.) and Coalition Forces, Congress included Section 841 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Section 841 permits DOD to restrict, terminate for default, or void a DOD grant with a group or individual determined to be “actively supporting an insurgency or otherwise opposing the United States or coalition forces in a contingency operation in the United States Central Command theater o
The Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation published the report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming: Practice and Progress in September 2013. It draws on the discussions of a symposium sponsored by the Government of Canada in conjunction with the Global Counterterrorism Forum and reviews the conceptual and operational