Topic: Corruption

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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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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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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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Angola Must Comply with United Nations Freedom of Expression Ruling

In an open letter to Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, the Open Society Justice Initiative and INTERIGHTS called on the country to comply with its international human rights obligations.

August 26, 2005
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Experts Call for Russian Electoral Reform

The misuse of state resources in Russian election campaigns was the subject of a report prepared by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Center for Anti-Corruption Research.

January 27, 2005
Advocacy update

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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Civil Society Groups Urge U.S. Caution in Equatorial Guinea Corruption Settlement

Civil society groups are calling on the U.S. to exercise caution over a possible anti-corruption settlement with Teodorin Nguema Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

August 05, 2014
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European Parliamentarians Urge Proper Investigation of Magnitsky Death

The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed a call from European parliamentarians for the Russia to fully investigate the death in custody of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

January 28, 2014
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UNESCO Warned on Obiang Probe Risk

Open Society Justice Initiative and other groups raise questions about source of funding for prize that would honor Africa's longest-ruling autocrat.

September 29, 2011
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Swiss Decision Undermines Efforts to End Conflict Resource Trade

A decision not to prosecute Argor-Heraus, a Swiss precious metals company that handled pillaged African gold, undermines international efforts to eliminate the illegal resource trade that fuels conflicts around the world.

June 02, 2015
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European Rights Court Seeks Answers from Russia in Magnitsky Case

The European Court of Human Rights has taken up a complaint filed by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, the whistle-blowing Russian lawyer who died in 2009 while in pre-trial detention.

December 15, 2014
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Long-Awaited Agreement to Tackle Corruption at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Contains Major Flaws

The United Nations risks jeopardizing future efforts to secure international justice unless it reconsiders a new anticorruption plan for the court in Cambodia trying senior members of the Khmer Rouge, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 24, 2009
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Report Issues Stinging Indictment of News Censorship, Abuse of Public Money, Across Latin America

Rampant government interference with press freedom threatens editorial independence and access to unbiased news in seven Latin American countries, according to a report coproduced by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

August 11, 2008
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Guatemala Must Reaffirm Commitment to Combating Corruption

Any attempt to interfere with CICIG’s work would be a setback to efforts to battle corruption and restore government accountability in Guatemala.

August 24, 2017
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UNESCO: Cancel Dictator Prize

UNESCO should use this month’s executive board meeting to cancel its prize named after and funded by Teodoro Obiang, the president of Equatorial Guinea, said the Open Society Justice Initiative and partner groups today.

October 05, 2010
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UNESCO Fails to Investigate Obiang Prize Money

UNESCO has no process for screening funds from prize donors to prevent money laundering, the Open Society Justice Initiative and partner groups discovered after filing a complaint.

September 28, 2010
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UNESCO: "Dictator Prize" Suspension Only a Temporary Fix

UNESCO’s decision today to delay awarding a controversial prize named after and funded by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea is a positive initial step, said the Open Society Institute.

June 15, 2010
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Statement on UNESCO-Obiang Prize from Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined in calling on UNESCO to cancel the international prize, named for a president whose rule has been marked by corruption and abuse.

June 11, 2010
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Torture, Rape, and Killings Pervade Nigerian Policing

Nigeria's leadership must pay serious attention to police reform if it hopes to succeed in restoring public safety, according to a report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria.

May 18, 2010
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