The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief shows the unitended consequences of AML/CFT laws on civic space and human rights. Civic space and human rights have been under assault across the world, and, in some settings, AML/CFT regulations have played a major role in legitimising and providing justification for these measures at the domestic level.
Measures taken under the guise of AML/CFT regulations include heavy restrictions on CSOs’ ability to register, operate, and access resources, as well as direct measures against specific CSOs, such as audits, investigations, prosecution, de-registration, closure and expulsion.
1. Overview of AML/CFT’s impact on civic space and human rights
a. Civil society’s role in countering terrorism and money laundering
b. Rising concerns about AML/CFT regulation abuse
2.FATF’s law-making process
a. Domestic repercussions
3. FATF and NPOs
a. Actual risks
c. Restrictions on foreign donations