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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the Tshwane Principles
A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pretrial Detention and Corruption: Justice for Sale
Corruption is never good. But corruption in pretrial detention is especially insidious.
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.
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.