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“The decision [on whether he resigns] also has not been made,” Dhina said. “Technically it could also be another decision.”

According to the Treasury Department, last year Naimi “ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al Qaeda via al Qaeda’s representative in Syria, Abu-Khalid al-Suri, and intended to transfer nearly $50,000 more.”

Naimi also “reportedly oversaw the transfer of over $2 million per month to al Qaeda in Iraq for a period of time” and “provided approximately $250,000 to two U.S.-designated al-Shabaab figures” in 2012.

Prior to Naimi’s terrorist designation, the State Department routinely cited Al Karama’s work in its annual Human Rights Country Reports. A spokesperson for the State Department did not respond to questions about whether it would continue to use Al Karama as a resource for its reports.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has also touted Al Karama’s work, posting the group’s testimony on U.S. drone policy on its website.

Al Karama has tried to make inroads at the United Nations as well. Later this month, the U.N. Committee on NGOs is scheduled to rule on the group’s application for consultative status, which would allow it access to official U.N. events and human rights mechanisms.

The foundation has also worked with the media. Jeremy Scahill, a reporter for theNationparticipated in the group’s human rights award ceremony in Geneva on Dec. 6, just days before Al Karama’s president received his terrorist designation.

Scahill accepted the Al Karama award on behalf of Abdulelah Heidar Shaye, a journalist and accused terrorist currently under house arrest in Yemen. According to the U.S. government, Shaye is associated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Scahill did not respond to request for comment.

Al Karama maintains that Shaye was imprisoned because he “documented and denounced U.S. airstrikes in Yemen.” The group has advocated for his release.

Ahmady told the Washington Post in May 2012 that drones are “killing al Qaeda leaders, but they are also turning them into heroes.”

Ahmady complained about having his visa request rejected by the U.S. government, according to translation provided to the Free Beacon.

“For the second time Obama’s embassy in Sana’a denied granting me a visa to enter the United States of America to participate in human rights activities counter to American policies and abuses,” Ahmady wrote a week before he was scheduled to appear. “I am honored to be among those not accepted by the White House […] my great American friends will remain close friends […] I curse Obama and the traders of wars…”

“Why is it that the fighters of al­ Qaeda ‘the terrorists’ are the only ones who adorn a smile and whose faces show [God’s] acceptance after their death even if their faces have many injuries?!” wrote Ahmady. “A question that has been on my mind for a long time.”

Despite the addition of Al Karama leaders to terrorist watch lists, established human rights NGOs are not ruling out working with the group in the future. Human Rights Watch said Naimi’s terrorist designation should not detract from the rest of Al Karama’s work.

“The accused terrorist has resigned from Al Karama,” said Human Rights Watch spokesperson Emma Daly, referring to Naimi, who has not resigned. “Al Karama’s position would suggest it doesn’t identify with al Qaeda despite the unproven allegations against its former non-executive chair.”

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