Turkey: placed on the FATF 'grey list' and warned about disproportionate regulation of the NPO sector


The just-concluded plenary of the FATF has seen Turkey being placed on the 'grey list', with a stark warning that the 'FATF continues to monitor Turkey’s oversight of the NPO sector. Turkey is urged to apply the risk-based approach to supervision of NPOs in line with the FATF Standards.'

This follows concerns raised about the "Law on Preventing Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction", which entered into force on 31 December 2020, and which seeks to regulate the NPO sector in a way that is neither compliant with human rights nor with FATF Standards (as outlined in this Global NPO Coalition letter to the FATF Secretariat earlier in May this year, and this intervention by the UN Special Rapporteurs).

Turkey has been urged 'to fully implement a risk-based approach to supervision of non-profit organisations to prevent their abuse for terrorist financing, conducting outreach to a broad range of NPOs in the sector and engaging with their feedback, ensuring that sanctions applied are proportionate to any violations, and taking steps to ensure that supervision does not disrupt or discourage legitimate NPO activity, such as fundraising.'