The Platform

The Civil Society Platform on the FATF has been set up to ensure that civil society is effectively engaged in the debate on anti-money laundering and combatting terrorism financing. Our vision is to have a free and fully-enabled civil society operating space.

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FATF has revised Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note at the recently concluded plenary meeting. 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 and its sustained advocacy on the matter.
The changes to the Interpretive Note are more complex and will take a while to analyse. Your comments are welcome. The press release is here. 

Detailed calendar of countries coming up for FATF assessment 

Countries due for assessment in the next few months: Panama/Dominican Republic/Barbados/Bermuda – 2Q/3Q 2016 Sweden – May/June 2016
Mauritius – June 2016
Zambia – July 2016

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 revise its 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. 


Tedx talk by Ben Hayes on how international rules on combatting the financing of terrorism are being used as a pretext for restrictive regulatory regimes that adversely affect the legitimate activities of non profit and civil society organisations across the world.

Civicus interviews representatives of the global coalition engaging with the FATF on the impact of anti-terror and anti-money-laundering legislation on civil society space and on what civil society organisations can do to combat this. Read the full interview here.