Dana Gold, April 27, 2017
Bea Edwards, April 24, 2017
This letter to the Secretary General and General Assembly of the United Nations from the Presidents of the UN Staff Associations speaks for itself.
In brief, the Staff Associations protest the conduct of Francis Gurry, the Director General of the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), who, among other things, fired the President of the WIPO Staff Association (Moncef Kateb) after he objected to Gurry’s improper actions.
Louis Clark, April 21, 2017
Exactly seven years ago last night, late into the evening, I remember first hearing of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. My immediate suspicion was that the disaster was far worse than the companies were reporting, there were probably whistleblowers and they were ignored. All assumptions based on bitter oil industry practices and incompetent federal government oversight proved true.
Bea Edwards, April 17, 2017
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, poses increasing difficulties for the United States and for whistleblowers. The real problems became public in 2014, when the US-nominated Deputy Director General, James Pooley, submitted a Report of Misconduct to WIPO’s Internal Audit and Oversight Division.
Zack Kopplin, April 17, 2017
Science, free from political influence, should be a non-negotiable priority of our government. Evidence-based, publicly transparent science protects the public and the environment from present harm and is essential to securing the future of our country and planet. But in the past several months, government scientists have faced increasingly restrictive conditions.
Bea Edwards, April 07, 2017
According to the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey results recently released at the United Nations, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has a leadership problem. OIOS is the Office responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct, as well as retaliation complaints submitted by United Nations (UN) whistleblowers. Because UN managers enjoy legal immunity with respect to the legal systems of the Member States where the Organization operates, OIOS is the only investigative body many wrongdoers inside the United Nations will ever confront.
Bea Edwards, April 04, 2017
In February, approximately 4,000 United Nations staff members completed the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey (click here for the survey results), and the tabulated results were released internally in March.
Anne Polansky, April 04, 2017
Bea Edwards, March 15, 2017
On February 24, 2017, United Nations whistleblower Miranda Brown wrote to the Secretary General Antonio Guterres and proposed that he name a Special Adviser on whistleblowing. The Government Accountability Project (GAP), which has represented her for two years, also wrote to support the proposal and to promote her candidacy to fill the post. Neither she nor GAP has received a response.
John Whitty, February 23, 2017
The People’s Law Library (PLL) of Maryland, which just celebrated its twentieth anniversary, is a legal information website designed primarily for self-represented citizens of Maryland. Starting out in the 1990s as a University of Maryland law school clinical project, it has operated under the auspices of the Maryland State Law Library for almost a decade. It is widely used, with 2.1 million page views in the last year alone.