Open Briefing has produced an essential guide to insurance policies for aid agencies, human rights groups and other NGOs working in hostile environments. The advice is primarily aimed at organisations purchasing insurance products in the United Kingdom; however, many of the principles are relevant in other jurisdictions.
Open Briefing is today launching a complete package of low-cost, high-impact intelligence, security, training and equipment services for organisations and individuals striving for social and environmental justice, particularly those working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes. Our new strategic plan sets out how we will deliver on our pledge to protect and inform all those striving for social and environmental justice. It is an ambitious and truly groundbreaking plan, but with your support we can achieve real change.
Open Briefing is committed to an ethical approach in all its activities and procedures. We are a a signatory of the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, bound by the Code of Conduct for Members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association, a certified member of Social Enterprise UK, and signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health and the Armed Forces Covenant. We also operate a 'no weapons policy' and do not knowingly make use of suppliers or services that invest in or have any links to unethical industries, including the arms trade and extractive industries.
As Open Briefing rapidly expands the scope and reach of its work, we are seeking to recruit several new advisers to our advisory board. Advisers are expert practitioners who provide strategic advice and support to the executive director. This is a voluntary, flexible role. We particularly welcome applications from potential advisers with at least 15 years professional experience in NGO security, aid and humanitarian action, journalism, human rights, environmental campaigning, fundraising or charity management.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in UN-backed government; Kurdish People's Protection Units launch major assault against Syrian government forces in Hasaka; violent clashes continue between police and pro-separatist protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir; and more.
Monthly briefing from the Open Briefing intelligence unit on developments in remote-control warfare. This month: NATO designates cyberspace as an operational domain and includes cyber attacks in Article 5; newly-released official estimates of casualties from US drone strikes step in right direction but too limited; Iraqi special forces play critical role retaking Fallujah from Islamic State; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Venezuela’s president orders military to regulate five of country’s largest ports and appoints defence minister as ‘co-president’; Papua New Guinea’s opposition issues no confidence motion in country’s prime minister; Lorry driven through Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, leaving 84 dead in attack claimed by Islamic State; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea rules on dispute between Philippines and China over latter’s claims to South China Sea; long-awaited Iraq Inquiry report finally published and leads to fresh calls for former British prime minster Tony Blair to face legal action over his role in Iraq war; opposition fighters launch attack on government-held districts in Aleppo, Syria, after government forces cut their last supply route into city; and more.