Topic: Corruption


Magnitsky v. Russia

Sergei Magnitsky died in pretrial detention in Russia after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.

Last update: October 17, 2012

Marques v. Angola

This case is about freedom of expression, focusing on a journalist who was imprisoned after criticizing the president of Angola.

Last update: February 11, 2010

APDHE v. Obiang Family

This case before a Spanish court involves massive sums of money allegedly diverted by the President of Equatorial Guinea to buy property in Spain and the Canary Islands for his family.

Last update: February 06, 2009

Herrera Ulloa v. Costa Rica

The courts in Costa Rica convicted journalist Mauricio Herrera Ulloa and his newspaper ‘La Nación’ for publishing allegations that a Costa Rican diplomat was involved in illegal activities.

Last update: July 02, 2004
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New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico

A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.

May 03, 2018
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Swiss Gold Refiner Accused of Profiting from Proceeds of Corporate Pillage

A criminal complaint against a Swiss gold refiner isbased on the recognition that corporate involvement in pillage constitutes a war crime.

November 04, 2013
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Khmer Rouge Indictments Mark Progress, Yet Tribunal's Future Uncertain

The indictment today of four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders is a major development in the struggle for justice in Cambodia. However, the court’s ultimate success is far from assured.

September 16, 2010
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UNESCO: Pull Obiang Prize

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, said the Open Society Justice Initiative and 95 partner groups in a letter sent to UNESCO executive board members.

August 12, 2010
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Public Health Community Opposes UNESCO-Obiang Prize

Public health professionals and scientists from around the world have joined with the Open Society Institute to condemn a UNESCO prize named for the dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

May 26, 2010
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UNESCO: Obiang Prize Suspended Again

The Open Society Justice Initiative and five other groups have called for UNESCO to eliminate a controversial prize that would honor Africa's longest-serving autocrat.

October 05, 2011
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UNESCO Must Stop Discredited Prize

UNESCO should reject a new bid to honor Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea and now Africa's longest serving ruler, with a prize in his name, a group of nine human rights organizations said today.

September 26, 2011
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Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa Joins Latin American Writers in Condemning UNESCO-Obiang Prize

Prominent Latin American writers have called on UNESCO to cancel its award named for Equatorial Guinea's President Obiang.

October 07, 2010
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UN Should Create Top Post to Aid Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Political interference, corruption, and funding shortfalls may cripple the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, states a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

March 24, 2010
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Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s Achievements Threatened by Political Interference

An Open Society Justice Initiative report calls on the UN and the court’s donors to ensure the Cambodian government does not attempt to interfere with judicial or prosecutorial decisions.

November 23, 2009
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New Anticorruption Measures at Khmer Rouge Tribunal Are Insufficient

New measures to combat corruption at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal fall short, the Open Society Justice Initiative said in a new report.

August 17, 2009
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Cambodian Government Threatens Legitimacy of Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Ominous signs of political manipulation by the Cambodian government and a repeated failure to tackle corruption continue to plague the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, said the Open Society Justice Initiative in a report released today.

May 27, 2009
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Peruvian High Court Urged to Disclose Officials' Assets Declarations

The Open Society Justice Initiative intervened recently in a case before Peru's constitutional tribunal, urging full disclosure of the assets declarations of public officials.

November 29, 2007
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Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG

The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

August 22, 2019
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European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky

The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.

August 27, 2019
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Open Society Justice Initiative Cosponsor Police Reform Conference in Georgia

The need to create new institutional structures that will support democratic, professional, and effective policing in Georgia is the subject of “Policing Reforms in the 21st Century: Values, Structures, and Processes,” a major international...

October 07, 2005
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