Topic: Corruption


In fighting COVID-19, Sierra Leone Should Learn from Ebola Mistakes

As Sierra Leone works to contain the pandemic, there has not yet been a proper reckoning for the high-level corruption that tainted the country's ultimately successful battle against Ebola.

July 02, 2020 | Ikechukwu Uzoma
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COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.

Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 27, 2020 | James A. Goldston
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How Mozambicans Shoulder the Burdens of Corruption

While substantial progress has been made in identifying those involved in Mozambique's debt scandal, more must be done to secure a fair outcome for every day citizens.

February 29, 2020 | Yassir Khudayri
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Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.

Q&A: Mothers Are Leading the Search for Mexico’s Missing People

Mexico continues to break records for its rates of deadly violence and disappearances, but criminal accountability remains virtually absent. A group of mothers in the state of Coahuila have taken up their own fight for truth and justice.

August 22, 2019
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International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
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Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

May 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
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Legal Troubles in Spain Loom for Equatorial Guinea’s Autocratic Ruler

The leading Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported that a long-running police investigation has exposed a series of corrupt arms deals carried out between Equatorial Guinea and Ukraine.

January 05, 2018 | Ken Hurwitz
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Why a Trial in Paris Marks a Milestone for Anticorruption Activists

The vice-president of Equatorial Guinea faces charges of investing funds in France misappropriated from the national treasury in a precedent-setting trial in France.

June 16, 2017 | Shirley Pouget
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue at a table

Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

Mexico faces a deep national crisis of atrocity and impunity: extraordinary action is needed to address these crimes, and to strengthen the criminal justice system.

June 07, 2016 | Eric Witte
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Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains

Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.

October 06, 2015 | Ken Hurwitz

Global Goals: The Challenge for Justice and Rights Advocates

If we believe that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presents a genuine political opportunity to achieve change, some of us at least may have to adopt a different approach.

September 14, 2015 | Sumaiya Islam

Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres

Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.

September 25, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau & Emi MacLean

Ensure Space for Civil Society at the U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit

If U.S. and African governments are serious about using the summit to foster meaningful trade and development, civil society must be afforded a seat at the table.

July 22, 2014 | Peter Chapman & Jeggan Grey-Johnson

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t: Switzerland’s Troubling Gaydamak Affair

Arcadi Gaydamak is on the run from a three-year prison sentence in France, linked to the Angolagate arms-for-oil scandal. Switzerland arrested him; then let him go.

December 20, 2013 | Ken Hurwitz

Equatorial Guinea: Teodorin’s Celebrations Seem Premature

Equatorial Guinea’s presidential heir apparent, Teodorin Nguema Obiang remains the focus of international investigations into corruption, despite claims to the contrary.

October 28, 2013 | Ken Hurwitz

Whistleblowers and Secrets: Twelve Principles

A new set of global principles addresses the question of how to ensure public access to government information, without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall

Pretrial Detention and Corruption: Justice for Sale

Corruption is never good. But corruption in pretrial detention is especially insidious.

December 14, 2011 | Martin Schoenteich

U.S. Obiang Action Sends Message on Global Kleptocracy

A move by the U.S. to seize around $70m of assets held by the son of the ruler of Equatorial Guinea suggests Washington will no longer provide a safe haven for the corrupt proceeds of kleptocracy.

October 26, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz

Luxury Cars Worth $5m Add to UNESCO’s Prize Humiliation

The seizure of luxury cars by French police investigating corruption underlines why UNESCO should not go ahead with a prize honoring President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

September 29, 2011 | Erica Razook
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