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Exec Summary – Study of the Impact of Donor Counter-terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action

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1 July 2013
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Exec Summary – Study of the Impact of Donor Counter-terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action

NRC and OCHA recently launched an independent study on the impact of counter-terrorism measures on humanitarian action. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee asked these organisations to commission this study in response to growing concern among humanitarians about the impact of international and national counter-terrorism measures on their work. Over the past ten years, many States have adopted or expanded counter-terrorism measures to respond to perceived increased risk following the attacks of 11 September 2001, to conform to United Nations Security Council and General Assembly decisions, and to ensure greater oversight and accountability for resource flows in unstable contexts. The study was launched in Geneva 17 July 2013 during the Humanitarian Segment of ECOSOC. It looks at the impact of donors’ laws and policies on humanitarian action. The major conclusion is that the humanitarian community and donor states need to work more closely together to better reconcile counter-terrorism measures and humanitarian action.

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