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Countering Terrorist Financing

The practitioner’s point of view

Edited By Mark Pieth, Daniel Thelesklaf and Radha Ivory

Terrorists need money to commit acts of violence and sustain their operations. Measures to combat terrorism therefore aim to prevent terrorists from raising, moving and using funds or other assets. The effectiveness – and the fairness – of these measures were considered at the second ‘Giessbach’ seminar on counter-terrorist financing (CTF) organised by the Basel Institute on Governance in October 2008.
This book contains essays presented at the seminar written by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the field of CTF. The authors offer a diversity of views on the domestic, regional and international initiatives aimed at detecting terrorist funds in the financial system, preventing terrorists from moving their money via alternative financial channels and facilitating the recovery of terrorist assets. The editors conclude with in-sights into the ongoing challenge of making CTF measures both effective and legally sustainable in the lead-up to Giessbach III in December 2009.


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SCOTT VESEL - Combating the financing of terrorism while protecting human rights: a dilemma? 205


SCOTT VESEL Combating the financing of terrorism while protecting human rights: a dilemma? Human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all human beings, are inalienable and are guaranteed by law. Their protection and promotion is the first responsibility of government. Respect for them is an essential safeguard against an overmighty State. Their observance and full exercise are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. Organisation for Stability and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Charter of Paris for a New Europe (1990) Peace and security in our region is best guaranteed by the willingness and ability of each participating State to uphold democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights…. We reaffirm that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law is at the core of the OSCE’s comprehensive concept of security. OSCE Charter for European Security (1999) I. Introduction One occasionally encounters the view that, when it comes to combat- ing terrorism, human rights and security are in conflict and that human rights must give way before the imperatives of security. As a matter of Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism Project Officer, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not repre- sent the views of the ODIHR, the OSCE or its participating states. Scott Vesel 206 principle, this view is inconsistent with the commitments of the OSCE and the United Nations Global...

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