BEI President Mr. Farooq Sobhan spoke at the opening session of a 3-day regional conference for prosecutors titled “Good Giving – Countering Terrorist Financing and Violent Extremism in the Charitable Community”, Daily Sun, 8 December 2014
Call for concerted efforts to combat terror financing
Speakers at a seminar called on the state and non-state parties to make concerted efforts to combat terror financing in the name of NGO and charitable organisations.
They made the call at the inaugural session of a two-day workshop titled ‘Good Giving: Countering Terrorist Financing and Violent Extremism in the Charity Community’ at Hotel Sarina in the city jointly organised by the US Department of State and Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training Program (OPDAT) of the Justice Department on Monday.
William R Brownfield, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, said charities and NGOs collect millions of dollars each year for benevolent causes across the globe, but a portion of that money willingly or unwillingly is being used for terrorist financing.
He cited the example of financing the perpetrators of Mumbai attack and al Qaeda through charitable organisations and NGOs. They collected the money from Islamic charities and unwitting donors primarily from Gulf region.
He also underscored the need for concerted efforts of all countries to effectively combat the terror financing.
Elizabeth Joyce of Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) of United Nations said the government and civil society should join hands to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of terrorist financing.
She also said drug peddling has a link with terrorist financing. The matter should be kept in mind. The officials of law enforcement agencies and narcotics should work within the bounds of law.
Farooq Sobhan, President of Bangladesh Enterprises Institute, said Bangladesh has taken a hard line against terrorism. It has been working with other neighbouring countries of this region to stamp out terrorism.
He also referred to an agenda of SAARC to eliminate poverty and terrorism.