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Organized crime groups profit from asymmetric globalization, says UNODC Chief

May 26, 2017

Transnational organized crime groups are exploiting gaps in law enforcement to create new markets and expand their operations, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov said at a high-level security conference today.   During the conference opening, Mr. Fedotov delivered welcoming remarks on behalf of UN Secretary-General António Guterres who thanked the Russian Federation for hosting the […]

Hungary: EU-funded Projects Contributed to the Orban Family’s Enrichment

May 15, 2017

While Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been criticising the EU and clashing with its values for years, companies owned by his family have been profiting from EU-financed projects, an investigation by OCCRP partner Direkt36 revealed. The companies’ involvement remained hidden because they were hired by the winning bidders as subcontractors. In Hungary, public procurement databases contain information only about the […]

Transparency International School on Integrity 2017

May 12, 2017

We are delighted to announce that applications for Transparency International School on Integrity 2017 are open! Transparency International School on Integrity is an annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. It exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability and offers real opportunities to try and implement their ideas in practice. This […]

Can whistleblowers be recognized as refugees?

May 3, 2017

A Berlin-based NGO has launched a campaign to have whistleblowing defined as grounds for seeking political asylum. Top international lawyers support the initiative. In early July 2013, just over a week after his arrival in Russia and less than a month after the first details of his revelations about mass government surveillance were published, Edward […]

Millions from Ukraine’s corrupt schemes found in 41 countries

April 27, 2017

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau said that millions of dollars in proceeds from domestic corruption have been found in 41 countries, the Kyiv Post reported Tuesday. Businesses in at least 10 countries have helped funnel the illegal money out of Ukraine, the bureau said in an April 24 Facebook post. Some US $208 million went to […]

European Press Prize 2017 Award Ceremony in Amsterdam

April 21, 2017

Big upset in the European Press Prize Ceremony in Amsterdam as the Serbian Centre for Investigative Journalism beats the Pulitzer Prize winning Panama Papers team in the prestigious Investigative Award. Distinguished Writing appears to be a German trait, with Felix Hutt of Stern, and Dialika Neufeld and Claas Relotius of Der Spiegel sharing the award. […]

European Human Rights Body suspected of bribery by Azerbaijan

April 21, 2017

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) has been ordered to investigate allegations that its members were offered bribes for votes against reports criticizing Azerbaijan’s president, the Guardian reported Thursday. The Guardian quoted Arif Mammadov, a former Azerbaijani diplomat, as saying that a member of Azerbaijan’s delegation at the Council of Europe had €30 […]

Thousands of Slovaks protest corruption, demand ouster of PM Fico’s ally

April 19, 2017

Thousands of Slovaks joined a rally on Tuesday to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the interior minister, a close ally of Prime Minister Robert Fico, over his ties with a developer under investigation for tax fraud. Slovakia’s economy has boomed and living standards have risen sharply since it joined the European Union in […]

G20 countries are breaking commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption

February 27, 2017

Research published today by Transparency International and the Web Foundation finds that five key G20 countries are failing to meet commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption. If the data was publicly available it could be used to curb criminal activities, including money laundering and tax evasion. In 2015 the G20 agreed that in […]

Whistleblowers will be protected by EU

February 23, 2017

In sharp contrast to the approach to whistleblowing being proposed in the UK (Whistleblowers ‘face full-frontal legal onslaught’, 13 February), last week the European parliament debated and voted for EU provisions to be drafted to protect whistleblowers, building on a draft law created by the Greens in 2016. While in the UK the Law Commission […]

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