‘The penalties threatened and burdens imposed by the US government actively discourage charities from doing vital work in the world’s most troubled areas’ – this is among the conclusions of research by the Global Nonprofit Information Network (GNIN) into how counter-terrorism measures hamper non-profit activity. GNIN released seven factsheets on the subject last month which argue, among other things, that the role of charities in terrorist financing has been greatly exaggerated. Since 9/11, no US charity has been convicted of materially aiding terrorists. None the less, counterterrorism measures continue to inhibit charitable activities, targeting programmes designed to address the root causes of terrorism.
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