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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.