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The Charity Commission of England and Wales has reminded UK charities who provide humanitarian assistance in certain areas of the importance of avoiding terrorist activity. “Charities working in conflict zones or in regions where it is known that terrorist organisations operate need to manage risks to the security of staff, funds and aid materials. This is particularly so at the moment for charities working to provide humanitarian aid in Syria and surrounding countries and in parts of Africa.” The Chair of the Commission notes: “The misuse of charitable funds for terrorist purposes is a despicable perversion of everything charity stands for, and a betrayal of those working to deliver humanitarian aid and the public whose donations fund it.” For Canadian charities who want to operate outside of Canada and who are concerned about the potential of terrorism should review CRA’s Checklist on terrorism. Furthermore, any Canadian charity operating outside of Canada should implement the necessary measures of control as outlined in CRA guidance dealing with foreign activities.