Launch of UNSR paper on 'The Human Rights and Rule of Law Implications of Countering the Financing of Terrorism Measures'
The UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights formally launched this important position paper on 'The Human Rights and Rule of Law Implications of Countering the Financing of Terrorism Measures' in New York on October 25. The event was hosted by the Irish Permanent Mission to the UN. The speakers at the launch event included:
The Special Rapporteur, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
The Vice-President of FATF, Elisa de Anda Madrazo
Global NPO Coalition co-chair and Exec. Dir. of HSC, Lia van Broekhoven
The panel was moderated by Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery (Global NPO Coalition and Charity & Security Network).
The speakers reflected on the rising misuse of countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) measures across the globe, including the targeting of human rights defenders, humanitarian actors, journalists and civil society. The evolution of State practices stemming from the applicable international legal framework, including the Treaty on Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 2462, as well as soft law standards like the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations was traced. Recent challenges to State compliance were then assessed, unintended (and intended) consequences such as de-risking/financial exclusion and the suppression of NPOs discussed, and collaborative solutions to the existing accountability gap (primacy of international human rights law obligations; increased and independent oversight) identified.