What is Human Security Collective about?
Human Security Collective (HSC) is a foundation with a strong background in Development, Conflict Transformation and Security. HSC bridges the gap between people and security. We address the asymmetric character of decision-making in the domain of security by ensuring multi-stakeholder engagement, and protect and expand the operational and political space of civil society.
HSC connects local human security with global security, engages civil society with important security agendas on conflict prevention, counter terrorism and de-radicalization. It enables governments to build meaningful and trustful engagement and partnership with civil society on security matters. HSC is a hub and facilitates a network of civil society leaders working on a broad spectrum of security-related issues.
FATF REVISES RECOMMENDATION 8
FATF has revised Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note at the recently concluded plenary meeting (June 2016). The revisions to the standard on NPOs have been incorporated into the FATF’s main recommendation document, which is online here. The text is on pp. 13 and 54-59.
The revision of Recommendation 8 takes out the claim that the NPO sector is ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse. The new language is a big improvement and a victory for the NPO sector (including HSC, which is a core member of the Global Coalition of NPOs on FATF) and its sustained advocacy on the matter. Please click here for the press release.
NEW PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
‘Building Resilience with Tunisian and Dutch Youth in High Risk Areas’
Human Security Collective (HSC) has kicked off a project (January 2016) working with Dutch and Tunisian youth on issues concerning local security, social cohesion and resilience. This is being carried out in close cooperation with local civil society organizations. The project aims at engaging youth from Delft and six areas of Tunisia (Tunis, Ben Arous, Kef, Siliana, Kasserine and Medenine) in order to work on enhancing resilience, social cohesion and security in their communities. For more see here.
♣ Aug 15-21, The Netherlands: Dutch and Tunisian youth who are part of the Human Security Collective (HSC) project, Building Youth Resilience in Tunisia and The Netherlands, will be meeting each other in The Netherlands. This innovative part of the project will see the 12 youth leaders/mentors from Tunisia meet with their counterparts in Delft for a week of activities and learning exchange. The focus will be on learning from each other’s contexts and experiences of working on youth resilience in their respective communities. Also scheduled are meetings with local officials and practitioners to discuss policies on youth resilience.
♦ Sept. 12, Webinar, 1630 CET: Topic: ‘Nonprofits No Longer “Particularly Vulnerable”: What’s Next?’ The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofits to no longer characterize them as being ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse, and made important changes to the Interpretive Note to this Recommendation. NPOs are now wondering how their countries will react to these revisions and how they can ensure that national implementation is beneficial to nonprofits and in line with FATF’s new risk-based approach. Join us for a webinar to hear from the experts. We will discuss how we got here and what you can do to help shape the road ahead. Register for the webinar here.
♠ Sept. 21, London, UK: FATF Mutual Evaluation Workshop: The workshop will aim to facilitate a discussion on the experiences of NPOs in the FATF evaluation process, in order to identify good practice and challenges, and draw recommendations to improve the practical implementation of the process. This will be done by engaging stakeholders involved in recent evaluations (FATF evaluators, Governments and NPOs).The overall goal is to help the evaluation process evolve, and to discuss steps to improve the implementation of the FATF methodology and the training of evaluators with regards to Recommendation 8 and its Interpretative Note.
♥ Sept. 26, Dublin, Ireland: Workshop on FATF and its Effect on Civil Society Organisations
Given that Ireland is scheduled for an FATF Mutual Evaluation Review this year, the aim of this workshop is to get a good understanding of how the FATF system works, what the current issues at stake are for Irish actors, both State (Government, Charity Regulator, Garda Síochána, etc.) and NPOs; and to learn how NPOs can engage in the evaluation process. We will also share NPO experiences with recent FATF evaluations in other countries.
Time and venue: 1100-1500, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin.
Statement: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, called on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to improve its cooperation with civil society and consider the sector’s valuable contribution to the fight against terrorism. He commended FATF on its decision to reviseits controversial Recommendation 8 (R8), which requires FATF member states to ensure that nonprofits are not used to fund terrorism. In recent years, oppressive governments have used R8 to crack down on dissent. He said that 'the approach to countering terrorist activity needs to shift from regarding NPOs as part of the problem, to embracing them as integral to the solution'. See here for the full statement, issued 18 April 2016.
Radio: HSC on NPO Radio 1's Bureau Buitenland speaking about Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in light of the recent attack in the Ivory Coast (March 2016).
Report: The UN has released its detailed Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism (December 2015). Read here.
See here for the comments of the Global NPO Coalition on the FATF on the open, public comment process, seeking input from NPOs on revision of the Interpretive Note (IN) for Recommendation 8 (R8, non profit organisations). The IN is binding guidance for implementation of R8. Listen here to the webinar held on Nov 13 explaining the ins and outs of the proposed FATF policy-revision process.
Feature: On the de-risking by banks and its consequences, especially on remittances. Fulco van Deventer shares his thoughts in this article in De Groene Amsterdammer(Sept 2015)
Blog: Discussion on Countering Violent Extremism and Human Security in Mali by Siebrich Visser, June 2015.
Website: Go to the Civil Society platform on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to learn more about how civil society is effectively engaged in the debate on anti-money laundering and combatting terrorism financing. http//fatfplatform.org/