Topic: Corruption

Report

Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State

This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.

August 2015
First page of PDF with filename: broken-justice-mexicos-guerrero-state-eng-20150826.pdf
Briefing Paper

Repatriating Stolen Assets: Potential Funding for Sustainable Development

This background briefing was prepared for “We Want Our Money Back,” a civil society side-event at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, in July, 2015.

July 2015
First page of PDF with filename: repatriating-stolen-assets-background-20150727.pdf
Voices

Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres

Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.

September 25, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau & Emi MacLean
Voices

Ensure Space for Civil Society at the U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit

If U.S. and African governments are serious about using the summit to foster meaningful trade and development, civil society must be afforded a seat at the table.

July 22, 2014 | Peter Chapman & Jeggan Grey-Johnson
Voices

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t: Switzerland’s Troubling Gaydamak Affair

Arcadi Gaydamak is on the run from a three-year prison sentence in France, linked to the Angolagate arms-for-oil scandal. Switzerland arrested him; then let him go.

December 20, 2013 | Ken Hurwitz
Briefing Paper

The Criminal Complaint against Switzerland's Argor-Heraeus S.A.

The Justice Initiative is supporting a criminal complaint against a Swiss gold refiner, which accuses the company of illegally processing gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

November 4, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-pillage-case-summary-11042013.pdf
Voices

Equatorial Guinea: Teodorin’s Celebrations Seem Premature

Equatorial Guinea’s presidential heir apparent, Teodorin Nguema Obiang remains the focus of international investigations into corruption, despite claims to the contrary.

October 28, 2013 | Ken Hurwitz
Publication

Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment

Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.

September 2013
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiatives-legal-empowerment-20140102.pdf
Fact Sheet

The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Overview in 15 Points

A 15-point summary of the Tshwane Principles, which address the question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to combat national security threats.

June 2013
First page of PDF with filename: tshwane-principles-15-points-09182013.pdf
Voices

Whistleblowers and Secrets: Twelve Principles

A new set of global principles addresses the question of how to ensure public access to government information, without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall
Briefing Paper

Understanding the Tshwane Principles

A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-understanding-tshwane-06122013 +sc.pdf
Publication

The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)

The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.

June 12, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: global-principles-national-security-10232013.pdf
Publication

Arguments: Corruption as a Threat to the Rule of Law

Erica Razook, of the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that large-scale money-laundering is a threat to human rights and the rule of law.

March 2013 | Erica Razook
First page of PDF with filename: razook-pace-corruption-testimony.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and the Risk of Torture

Of the nearly ten million people in detention around the world, those held before trial or conviction are most at risk of torture.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-detention-and-torture-20130220.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and Corruption

Locking up prisoners for extended periods while awaiting trial feeds corruption; bribes are needed for food and water, for blankets and even to see a lawyer.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Corruption 02142013.pdf
Litigation

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
Briefing Paper

Briefing Paper: Abusing UNESCO

This 10-page briefing paper looks at the threat posed by President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea to the reputation and standing of the UN's educational, scientific and cultural organization.

February 2012
First page of PDF with filename: obiang-unesco-20120222.pdf
Voices

Pretrial Detention and Corruption: Justice for Sale

Corruption is never good. But corruption in pretrial detention is especially insidious.

December 14, 2011 | Martin Schoenteich
Voices

U.S. Obiang Action Sends Message on Global Kleptocracy

A move by the U.S. to seize around $70m of assets held by the son of the ruler of Equatorial Guinea suggests Washington will no longer provide a safe haven for the corrupt proceeds of kleptocracy.

October 26, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz
Voices

Luxury Cars Worth $5m Add to UNESCO’s Prize Humiliation

The seizure of luxury cars by French police investigating corruption underlines why UNESCO should not go ahead with a prize honoring President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

September 29, 2011 | Erica Razook
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