Topic: Corruption


Equatorial Guinea’s Obiang Prepares for New UNESCO Prize Bid

There are signs that Equatorial Guinea is laying the groundwork for a new bid to persuade UNESCO’s board that, after 32 years of dictatorial and repressive rule, President Teodoro Obiang is a man worth honoring.

September 07, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz

Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources

Reviving corporate liability for pillaging natural resources is not simply about protecting property rights during conflict—it can also play a significant role in preventing atrocity.

September 2011 | James G. Stewart
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Equatorial Guinea: Young People Lose Out as Summit Nears

Equatorial Guinea hosts this year's youth-themed African Union summit, despite a continuing stream of human rights abuses and the endemic corruption that has left the majority of citizens in this oil-rich country mired in poverty.

June 06, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz

Kasabova v. Bulgaria

The case, involving a journalist found liable for criminal libel, raised questions about the burden of proof and liability standards that ought to apply in criminal defamation proceedings.

Last update: April 19, 2011

Justice in Guatemala: Stranger Than Fiction

In a country well-acquainted with murder and twisting tales of deceit, there's a sense of having seen it all. Then along comes the story of Rodrigo Rosenberg.

April 05, 2011 | Robert Varenik

"God" of Equatorial Guinea Takes a Hit at UNESCO

The decision to suspend the UNESCO "dictator prize" is a testament to the power of an informed global citizenry to strip away the veneer of untouchability from a corrupt human rights abuser with a god complex.

October 22, 2010 | Erica Razook

Amidst UNESCO Scandal, President Obiang Gives Schools Notebooks in His Image

In the last several months, the UNESCO-Obiang Prize in Life Sciences has generated more controversy than the organization has seen in decades. Facing a global outcry, the president of Equatorial Guinea has tried to fire back with some good old-...

October 14, 2010 | Ken Hurwitz
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Briefing Paper

Briefing Paper: The UNESCO-Obiang Prize, Corruption, and Abuse in Equatorial Guinea

This Open Society Justice Initiative briefing paper provides background on the UNESCO-Obiang Prize and problems with corruption and abuse in Equatorial Guinea.

September 2010
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Obiang Regime Shows True Colors with Executions

A sordid saga of cross-border kidnapping, a kangaroo trial, and high-speed executions shows that the president of Equatorial Guinea takes his own solemn promises to reform no more seriously than anyone else.

August 26, 2010 | Ken Hurwitz

UNESCO Must Get Out of the Reputation-Laundering Business

The hypocrisy of an award recognizing scientists whose work has improved the "quality of life" being named after the leader of one of the worst-governed nations on earth is galling.

May 28, 2010 | Erica Razook

Criminal Force: Torture, Abuse, and Extrajudicial Killings by the Nigeria Police Force

Police in Nigeria commit extrajudicial violence and extortion with relative impunity, according to this report by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria.

May 2010
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Equatorial Guinea: No Room for Rights?

It's a shame that Equatoguineans had to go to Switzerland just to have a chance to address their own government. But the inclusion of their voices is a small but critical step towards achieving accountability, rule of law, and the protection of...

March 22, 2010 | Erica Razook

Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Primary Justice Services in Sierra Leone

This paper focuses on Timap for Justice, a pioneering organization expanding access to legal services in rural areas of Sierra Leone. This updated edition includes a new foreword by George Soros.

March 2010
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Briefing Paper

Corruption and Its Consequences In Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is one of the world's wealthiest nations, yet the country's citizens live in desperate poverty. This OSI paper raises the question: if money from the sale of natural resources isn't benefiting its citizens, where is it going?

March 2010
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APDHE v. Equatorial Guinea

This complaint challenged a small clique of ruling families in Equatorial Guinea who reap huge profits through corruption and monopoly control of the national petro-carbon industry, while ordinary citizens live in poverty.

Last update: December 03, 2009

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia continues to face pressing challenges that require immediate and ongoing attention, said a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

August 2009
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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

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The Cambodian government must address grave flaws in the tribunal set up to try senior members of the Khmer Rouge for crimes against humanity, warns a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 2009
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Justice, Interrupted

Recent operational and procedural irregularities risk the legitimacy of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia as a credible court of law, writes Open Society Justice Initiative's James Goldston.

December 14, 2008 | James A. Goldston

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The Extraordinary Chambers in Courts of Cambodia must do more to address allegations of corruption at the court and protect employees who speak out about it, according to a new report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

October 2008
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