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.
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.
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.
New Death in Custody Case in Kyrgyzstan Reaches UN
The government of Kyrgyzstan’s failure to investigate adequately the death in police custody of a political activist is being brought before the UN Human Rights Committee by the Open Society Justice Initiative and a Bishkek-based lawyer, Kanat Djailoev.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Human Rights Commission Asked to Uphold Right to Information in Chile
The Open Society Justice Initiative and three partner organizations Tuesday urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to uphold the right to information in a case against Chile.
Open Society Justice Initiative Urges Release of Khmer Rouge Court Audit
The United Nations Development Program must make public the full audit report on personnel management at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Corruption Allegations at Khmer Rouge Court Must Be Investigated Thoroughly
Corruption allegations leveled at Cambodian judges and court officials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia must be investigated thoroughly, writes the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Swiss Criminal Investigation Targets War Crime of Pillage
Swiss prosecutors are investigating the alleged illegal trade of minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following a complaint filed by TRIAL International and the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Landmark Obiang Kleptocracy Settlement
A settlement in the first U.S. anti-kleptocracy case to target the family of a sitting head of state will yield $30 for people of Equatorial Guinea.
UN Must Investigate Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Tribunal
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the United Nations to investigate questions of "judicial independence, misconduct, and competency" at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
Freedom of Information Act Signals Consolidation of Nigeria’s Democracy
Long-awaited legislation will aid anticorruption, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public institutions, and support justice, stated the Open Society Foundations and partners.
UNESCO: End Alliance with Corrupt Dictator
UNESCO should conduct a full investigation into funding for a prize sponsored by Equatorial Guinea's President Obiang, said the Open Society Justice Initiative and advocacy partners.
Justice Initiative Urges Top-Level UN Engagement in Cambodia
The Open Society Justice Initiative has urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a senior-level advisor to lead UN participation in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.