Newsi: Protecting whistle-blower rights strengthens accountability in the UN system

Protecting whistle-blower rights strengthens accountability in the UN system This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. Development donors who provide funding support to the UN System are mainly interested in the steady relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of their funding support in developing countries. Such multilateral development funding support guarantees [...]

Press Statement: Latest UN exposé shows need for urgent reforms: Civil society organizations call for an independent inquiry into whistleblower retaliation complaints

30 June, 2022 Latest UN exposé shows need for urgent reforms: Civil society organizations call for an independent inquiry into whistleblower retaliation complaints On 21 June 2022, a damning documentary on the UN’s mistreatment of whistleblowers aired in the UK. The Whistleblowers: Inside the UN, a BBC production, examines the fate of several individuals who [...]

Letter: Coalition Calls for Permanent Inspectors General at the Defense and State Departments

Coalition Calls for Permanent Inspectors General at the Defense and State Departments The Honorable Charles Schumer Majority Leader U.S. Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader U.S. Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Washington, DC 20510 Dear Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell, We, a diverse [...]

Press Statement: Leading whistleblower protection NGOs call for urgent reform after latest UN whistleblower firing

Leading whistleblower protection NGOs call for urgent reform after latest UN whistleblower firing 13 April 2022 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) terminated the employment contract of whistleblower John O’Brien, who reported corruption in UNDP climate change projects. Government Accountability Project, Transparency International and the Whistleblowing International Network are gravely concerned about the continuing trend of UN whistleblowers [...]

2022-06-28T12:38:42-04:00April 13th, 2022|International, Press, United Nations, Whistleblower Rights|

The American Prospect: How Oligarchs Stash Money in Foreign Real Estate

How Oligarchs Stash Money in Foreign Real Estate This article is written by Government Accountability Project’s Investigator, Zack Kopplin, and was originally published here. On his website, Virginia property lawyer Dan Withers boasts that he can make your money invisible. From offshore companies to private trusts, he offers “innovative legal strategies” to his mega-rich clients [...]

42 Orgs Challenge Biden’s NDAA Signing Statement

February 10, 2022 The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr. President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Biden: We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our serious concern with your signing statement for the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Presidential signing statements that signal the [...]

UN climate change whistleblowers must be protected

Mr. Steiner UNDP Administrator United Nations Development Programme One United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 USA 2nd February 2022 Dear Administrator Steiner, We are writing in response to your letter of 13 December 2021 on issues related to the UNDP GEF Russia Standards and Labels project and whistleblower protection, and in particular in relation [...]

Coalition Letter Urging U.S. Government to Stand Up for Democracy at Home

January 31, 2022 The Honorable Susan E. Rice Domestic Policy Advisor White House Domestic Policy Council 1650 17th St NW Washington, D.C. 20502 The Honorable Jake Sullivan National Security Advisor White House National Security Council 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Ambassador Rice and Mr. Sullivan: We, the undersigned organizations, write to [...]

CTV News: Canada has ‘abysmal’ whistleblower protections, advocates call out Trudeau directly for inaction

Canada has 'abysmal' whistleblower protections, advocates call out Trudeau directly for inaction\ This article features Government Accountability Project’s Legal Director, Tom Devine, and was originally published here. Canada ranks among the worst in the world when it comes to protecting whistleblowers, according to a recent report. The Washington-based Government Accountability Project ranked 61 countries on their [...]

2022-01-31T11:04:42-05:00January 31st, 2022|In The News, International, Whistleblower Rights|

Toronto Star: Justin Trudeau should show he has nothing to hide and fix the whistleblower law

Justin Trudeau should show he has nothing to hide and fix the whistleblower law This article excerpt features Government Accountability Project, and was originally published here. It’s the first time the Liberal government has shown any willingness to address the law, which was ranked — in a tie with Norway and Lebanon — as [...]

2022-01-28T09:40:23-05:00January 28th, 2022|In The News, International, Whistleblower Rights|