Topic: Corruption

Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Calls on U.S. to Deploy Global Magnitsky Act to Curb COVID-19 Rights and Corruption Abuses

The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the U.S. government to use the Global Magnitsky Act to address human rights abuses and corruption related to COVID-19 pandemic responses around the world.

July 09, 2020
Press release

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.

December 12, 2019
Press release

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
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
Press release

New Report Calls for an Internationalized Response to Atrocity Crimes and Corruption in Mexico

A new report argues that international participation and support will be essential to combating the political obstruction and partisan interests that currently impede Mexico’s troubled justice system.

May 03, 2018
Press release

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
Press release

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
Press release

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
Press release

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.

October 10, 2014
Press release

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
Press release

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
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
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
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
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
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
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Responds to Cambodian Government Comments

The Open Society Justice Initiative Underlines its Record of Support for Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

October 13, 2011
Press release

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.

October 11, 2011
Press release

UNESCO: Obiang Prize Suspended Again

The Open Society Justice Initiative and five other groups have called for UNESCO to eliminate a controversial prize that would honor Africa's longest-serving autocrat.

October 05, 2011
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