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WIPO Draft Whistleblower Protection Policy Falls Short of International Standards

Bea Edwards, August 18, 2017

This summer, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, is circulating the draft of a new whistleblower protection policy for the consideration of WIPO Member States.

Notes from Underground: Pipeline Wars – Back where we started, only worse

Adam Arnold, August 16, 2017

The fossil fuel cancer comes out of its brief remission

After a moment of optimism, during which it seemed the United States might finally begin planning for a future free of fossil fuel dependence, pipelines are back.

Since the November election, the pendulum of public benefit versus private gain has swung sharply in the wrong direction, and pipeline companies are riding the wave. After months of slow progress during the closing months of the Obama Administration, it became evident following the Trump victory that the fossil fuel empire was striking back.

WIPO'S Gurry Refers To US Congress as a "Kangaroo Court:" Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Continues Unchecked

Bea Edwards, August 08, 2017

Francis Gurry, the embattled Director General of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), publicly denounced the US Congress as a ‘kangaroo court’ because it has been scrutinizing his dubious dealings with the North Korean government and his treatment of WIPO whistleblowers.

GAP Files WPA Complaint for Founding Member of VA Truth Tellers

John Whitty, August 01, 2017

Army Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) employee Christopher “Shea” Wilkes first disclosed secret patient wait lists at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2013, and the retaliation soon followed.

Early last month, GAP and co-counsel Richard M. John, of Smith & John, Attorneys at Law, Shreveport, Louisiana, filed a retaliation complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on behalf of Mr. Wilkes.

A Third Whistleblower Unsuccessfully Seeks Protection from Retaliation At UN/OHCHR

Bea Edwards, February 01, 2017

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has learned of a third whistleblower from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the United Nations in Geneva.  In addition to Anders Kompass and Miranda Brown, a Human Rig

Make It Safe Coalition Praises House Vote to Make Contractor Whistleblower Rights Permanent

Staff, December 07, 2016

Action follows Senate passage institutionalizing landmark reform

The Make It Safe Coalition (MISC) praised House action to unanimously approve S. 795, legislation that makes permanent a 2012 pilot program creating best practice whistleblower rights for contractor employees outside the Intelligence Community (IC). The Make It Safe Coalition consists of whistleblowers and 75 NGO’s whose common mission is stronger protection for employees who use free speech rights to challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust.  

AT WIPO, the US Mission Ignores Reprisal

Bea Edwards, October 12, 2016

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to UN/Geneva Pamela Hamamoto drove the last nail into the coffin of an investigation that might have protected whistleblowers at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

GAP Joins 33 Organizations in Demanding Stronger Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Community

Staff, September 14, 2016

GAP has joined 33 organizations in signing a letter that endorses stronger congressional oversight of the intelligence community, including strengthening Congress’ capacity to engage with whistleblowers.

Oversight Committee Demands Answers in Mistreatment of Whistleblower

Shanna Devine, August 25, 2016

In a series of unyielding hearings and letters, Congress has demanded answers around the retaliation of nationally vindicated U.S. Federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean.