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last update: october 26th, 2009

october 26th, 2009

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Arrest and Torture of an American in Burma (And Why You Never Heard of Him)"

"While I was sitting in a Congressional House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Burma on a beautiful fall day last week, a Burmese-born American citizen who happens to live thirty minutes from Capitol Hill was languishing in Rangoon's notorious Insein prison. The Burmese courts have charged this American, Kyaw Zaw Lwin, with fraud and forgery, though the ruling regime's official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, has also accused him of terrorist activities. Kyaw Zaw Lwin's defense counsel has said that his client was physically tortured during his detention and denied any allegations that he was plotting to incite unrest. Last week, his trial began."

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august 11th, 2009

World Leaders, Governing Bodies Condemn Suu Kyi Prison Sentence

On Tuesday, leaders from the US, UK, France, Italy, Canada, South Africa, and Malaysia criticized the decision to sentence Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months under house arrest. Regional bodies, including the EU and ASEAN, said Suu Kyi's incarceration calls into question the legitimacy of the ruling military regime's planned 2010 elections. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement saying he "strongly deplored" the decision and called on the Burmese military government "to immediately and unconditionally release" the Nobel Laureate, and to "engage with her without delay as an essential partner in the process of national reconciliation."

 

Follow the jump for a full press round-up of the global outcry over the Suu Kyi verdict.

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last updated june 7th, 2016

june 7th, 2016

Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

With his divisive and derisive comments concerning civil society at the recent Kimberley Process (KP) mid-year meeting, the 2016 Chair of the KP, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, helped to remind the world of the critical issues facing the diamond industry...

 

Click through for a link to his comments, as well as a link to a joint statement response from the Civil Society Coalition.

may 24th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast: "The Paper Tiger in South Sudan: Threats without Consequences for Atrocities and Kleptocracy"

Click through for a link to a policy brief that adapts and expands on congressional testimony board member John Prendergast delivered on April 27, 2016 before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations in a hearing on “South Sudan’s Prospects for Peace and Security.”

may 17th, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Countering the Wizards of a Dystopian Oz"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Newsweek.

 

The Panama Papers leak and the Global Anti-Corruption Summit convened in London last week by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have focused attention on corruption and tax evasion, highlighting the extraordinary wealth being hidden to evade international regulation.

may 12th, 2016

The Yates Memo: Justice Department Prioritizes Individual Accountability in Corporate Cases

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is putting a new priority on accountability for individuals within companies when those companies break the law — and has enacted a new set of protocols to help make that happen in more of its cases.

 

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may 11th, 2016

NOOW Partner The Enough Project Hosts ‘A New Approach to Sudan’ Event on the Hill

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, NOOW partner the Enough Project held a panel discussion in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill focused on Sudan and the sanctions debate surrounding that country’s ruling regime. The event, “A New Approach to Sudan,” featured a number of speakers from various backgrounds in both the government and non-government sectors.

 

Follow the link for an overview and video of the event.

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