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Entries in United Nations (73)

Wednesday
Aug242011

The Case For Optimism

Will ours be the time when international public corruption is finally tossed into the garbage can of history? There are plenty of reasons to think so.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Will Nigeria Take Another Bite?

The penalty for paying bribes in Nigeria may increase following demands from a Nigerian NGO that the Nigerian government seek its share of the recent anti-graft bounty. Maybe…

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Military Equipment Maker Pays $16 Million In Settlement

Armor Holdings Inc., a military and law enforcement equipment company formerly listed on the NYSE and now owned by BAE Systems, will pay $16 million to resolve FCPA violations arising from bribes to secure U.N. contracts and covering the payments up.

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Monday
Apr252011

Respecting Human Rights Through Due Diligence

I’d like to elaborate on Jeff Kaplan’s post on March 31, which discussed the role of Compliance and Ethics Officers in enabling their companies to respect human rights.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

More Countries Debate Antibribery Laws

Following the lead from China and Russia, both Indonesia and India are working on their own versions of the FCPA.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Respecting Human Rights: The Role Of Compliance And Ethics Officers

On March 24, the United Nations published its Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, which, as described in an accompanying press release, offers “for the first time an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity.”

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Coming Soon: Russia's FCPA?

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of the DOJ's Criminal Division spoke today in Moscow at the 3rd Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States Summit on Anti-corruption.

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Monday
Jan242011

Naaman Argues For 'Time Served'

Enough already. Ousama Naaman's lawyers say he's already spent just shy of a year in prison in Germany awaiting extradition, and another seven months under strict conditions of release in the U.S.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

Yup, We're Still Thankful

America isn't always right. And the DOJ should answer some tough questions. But there's no doubt about America's unequaled contributions to global compliance.

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Wednesday
Oct202010

Where Is Canada, Really?

Why is Canada's anti-bribery enforcement moving at a crawl? Cyndee Todgham Cherniak says the answer may be found not in the similarities between U.S. and Canadian enforcement, but in the differences.

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Monday
Oct042010

Someone Tell The Lawyers

About half of the world's lawyers haven't heard of the FCPA. Seventy percent are unaware of the U.K. Bribery Act, and four in ten don't know about the OECD and U.N. anti-corruption conventions.

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Wednesday
Jun162010

Saving Guatemala

Carlos Castresana Fernández ranks as an anti-corruption superhero. For two-and-a-half years, the Spaniard headed the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG, a partnership between the U.N. and Guatemala's government. It was set up to reassert the rule of law in the country after 36 years of civil war. And it succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.

But last week Dr. Castresana resigned. The former Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Spain and a specialist in white collar and drug-related prosecutions said he needed a break. No one blamed him. His job was always dangerous because he took it seriously. Even through his resignation he managed to remove another corrupt official. This time it was the new attorney general, whom he accused in his final hours in the job of being tied to organized crime. Within a few days, the country's Constitutional Court ordered the AG out of office, the first time any court in Guatemala had acted against such a high-ranking office holder.

During Castresana's tenure, according to U.N. reports, some 2,000 Guatemalan police officers, or 15 percent of the force, were fired for corruption. Because of lack of cooperation, a prior attorney general, 10 prosecutors and three supreme court justices had been dismissed. Through criminal prosecutions, 130 people were sent to jail, including a former president as well as former ministers of defence, finance and interior. 

Castresana drove the process but credited success to "reliable police officers and prosecutors and with the support of some 90 per cent of the population and civil society and the private sector."

Police and judicial corruption is a special kind of nightmare. It strips power away from honest citizens and hands it over, irrevocably, to their enemies. Once that happens the system is powerless to fix itself. Outside intervention is the only way. That's where Castresana came in.

Guatemala hasn't been the subject of FCPA enforcement actions so it's off the usual compliance radar. But the country's 13 million people have suffered under the burden of corruption for a long time. No doubt they're worried today as their superhero packs his bags. They should be.

On Friday, the Guatemalan Times carried this item: "Yesterday also, four decapitated heads were discovered in prominent places of the city. Messages where attached to the heads directed at the Ministry of the Interior and the prison system. The real intent of this gruesome display of violence can also be interpreted as a very clear statement of the dark forces that promote impunity in Guatemala, who felt empowered after Dr. Castresana resigned. The groups wanted to send an unequivocal message to the population, to the justice system and to the President of Guatemala."