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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Sanctions, Bank-DeRisking, and the Squeeze on Human Rights: What is to be done?

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Are you concerned about how bank de-risking is negatively affecting human rights work globally? Are you a Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO)whose financial transactions have been stopped, questioned or refused by banks? Do you want to learn more about this growing problem, and meet others who are looking for solutions? If so, please join our us! Bank de-risking is increasingly affecting the operations of NPOs that support some of the most vulnerable citizens in the world, namely local human rights/humanitarian actors who live in conflict zones and areas thought to be affected by money laundering and terrorist financing. International sanctions regimes place the burden of enforcement on Banks. In turn, Banks are "de-risking" --meaning reducing their exposure to "risky transactions" that could be in violation of the widening number of sanctions regimes. For NPOs working in "risky" zones, they find their financial transactions questioned, refused, returned and accounts closed. NPOs cannot function without a bank. This session will be of interest to: i) Human right advocates; ii) NPOs that have been affected by bank de-risking; iii)government attendees who champion financial inclusion and/or represent the sanctions side of the issue; and v) banking industry representatives who have been delegated the burden of enforcement.

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Rafal Rohozinski

Principal, Secdev
Rafal is the co-founder of Secdev Foundation and has worked on digital rights issues for over 20 years.

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Deirdre Collings

Executive Director, The SecDev Foundation
Deirdre Collings is the co-Founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, which works globally to promote digital opportunity, safety and citizenship in conflict and fragile contexts. She is a specialist in conflict and development, identity-based politics and digital change... Read More →
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Sherine el-Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Sherine is an expert on aid, conflict and security in the Middle East and North Africa and Europe, with over a decade worth of experience in the sector. Her career has engaged extensively with the challenges of marshalling evidence to improve development and humanitarian policy and... Read More →
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Eline Kasanwidjojo

Eline Kasanwidjojo is a senior policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.
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Thalia Malmberg

Program Officer, Human Security Collective
Thalia Malmberg is a program officer at Human Security Collective (HSC), working on issues related to de-risking and the effects of counter terrorism financing measures on civil society. She previously worked for Women Peacemakers Program, an organization that specialized in gender-sensitive... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
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