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last update: july 14th, 2016

july 7th, 2016

Board Members George Clooney and John Prendergast Remember Elie Wiesel

"Unless you’re 88 years old, most of us have not lived in a world without Elie Wiesel. We had a champion who carried our pain, our guilt and our responsibility on his shoulders for generations."

 

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june 21st, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Congo's Kabila Problem"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Foreign Affairs.

 

In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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last updated march 22nd, 2016

march 22nd, 2016

Djibouti Corruption Case Dismissed by UK Courts

A U.K. court recently dismissed a claim made by the Government of Djibouti against a powerful businessman who had fallen out of favor with the government. The politically-connected businessman, Abdourahman Mohamed Mahmoud Boreh, is credited with playing an integral role in the development of the nation’s ports, oil storage, and duty free facilities. The government is petitioning for control of these facilities that are currently owned by Dubai-based DP World and other subsidiaries. Its argument rests in how bribery and fraudulent agreements for consultancy payments infringe upon investment and infrastructure agreements that are already in effect. Justice Flaux asserted that the legal proceedings were jumpstarted by Boreh’s lack of support for the president running for a third term, noting a break in their former friendship.

 

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march 21st, 2016

Wildlife Trafficking and Poaching - A Threat to Animals, Atrocity Prevention, and Transparency

Thursday, March 3rd 2016 was World Wildlife Day. This year, with the theme of protection of elephants in particular and recognizing the links between wildlife trafficking and the perpetration of atrocities in central and eastern Africa, NOOW partner The Enough Project is calling on U.S. Congress to pass critical anti-wildlife trafficking legislation.

 

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march 17th, 2016

South African Court Rejects Impunity: “Decision Not to Arrest Bashir Inconsistent with Law”

Earlier this week, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) rejected the government’s appeal of a lower court decision over its failure to arrest suspected international criminal and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir. Bashirtraveledto South Africa last June to attend an African Union (AU) summit. The lower courtheld that the government violated South African law by allowing Bashir to leave the country before a court could rule on whether South African officials should arrest him due to his two outstanding International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants.

 

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march 16th, 2016

Staggering Amounts of Dirty Money in London

In a recent article in the New Statesman, author James Nickerson focuses on the issue of money laundering in London and the United Kingdom. With an estimated £48 billion laundered through the UK, accounting for 2 percent of GDP, London is now the world’s leading place for corruption-based money laundering, he writes. Additionally, around £120 billion worth of British property is owned by offshore entities. Transparency International has emphasized the significance of establishing a register of beneficial ownership for properties owned by foreign companies in the UK. This would yield greater transparency around the identity of investors and the source of their funds.

 

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march 12th, 2016

Nicholas Kristof South Sudan Op-Ed: "Where the Soldiers Are Scarier Than the Crocodiles"

Nicholas Kristof writes on the current state of South Sudan.

 

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