petition signed by a diverse group of former ambassadors, foreign policy experts and peacebuilders, including former President Jimmy Carter, was sent to Secretary of State John F. Kerry on June 20 asking that he exempt peacebuilding activities from the ban on engagement with groups on the terrorist list. It was delivered the day before the third anniversary of a Supreme Court ruling that upheld federal restrictions on peacebuilding activities that are conducted with listed terrorist organizations.

See also: Time to let peace builders do their job written by Thomas R. Pickeringand Amb. Nancy Soderberg