Topic: Corruption

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
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Press release

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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Press release

Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice

Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.

February 06, 2013
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
Press release

European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower

The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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
Press release

Khmer Rouge Tribunal: UN Must Act to Restore Credibility

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an independent panel of three senior international judges to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct.

November 15, 2011
Press release

Beyond Obiang: U.S. Needs to Broaden Anti-Kleptocracy Efforts

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to examine the role of international intermediaries such as bankers, lawyers, and accountants who collude in transactions evidently financed by the profits of corruption.

October 26, 2011
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
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Legal Move on Assets of Equatorial Guinea's Obiang Family

The US Justice Department has initiated a legal action that targets a $35 million mansion in Malibu, California, owned by the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea.

October 14, 2011
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