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Special Rapporteur Tells the UN to Practice What it Preaches

Bea Edwards, October 26, 2015

States may restrict access to information in specific areas and narrow circumstances, yet the disclosure of information relating to human rights or humanitarian law violations should never be the basis of penalties of any kind…

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

From the VA to the NSA, Weak Whistleblower Protections Cause Chilling Effect

Staff, October 23, 2015

“People who expose wrongdoing on national security and intelligence issues around the world are often given weak or no protection and are often subject to retaliation, creating a “chilling effect on people speaking out”, a United Nations report has found.”

Brandon Coleman Continues the Push for Accountability at The VA

Arielle Waller, October 20, 2015

For years, Veterans Affairs facilities across the U.S. have gotten away with retaliating against those who expose their wrongdoings. Amongst many of these brave whistleblowers is Brandon Coleman, a Marine Corps veteran and Addiction Therapist at the Phoenix VA. As an employee, during his time at the Phoenix VA, Coleman has witnessed a plethora of improper and possibly unlawful practices within the facility.

Rick Piltz’s Legacy: One Year Later

Louis Clark, October 19, 2015

Read the full article here at CSPW!

Snowden Revelations Continue to Pave the Way for Surveillance Accountability

Gaurav Laroia, October 16, 2015

Last week, the European Court of Justice issued its landmark Schrems decision showcasing the powerful reverberations the Snowden disclosures continue to have around the world. It held that due to the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, a European person’s data may not be stored in the United States. The court invalidated the ironically named “Safe Harbor” agreement, which allowed U.S.

UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Delivers Strong Guidance on Whistleblower Protection

Bea Edwards, October 14, 2015

David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the United Nations has released his report on the topic with a series of strong recommendations for governments and intergovernmental organizations on protecting whistleblowers.

Key Witness Asks UN Secretary General to Stop Investigation of Kompass

Bea Edwards, October 13, 2015

Today, Miranda Brown, the former Acting Director of the Africa Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) wrote a letter to the United Nations Secretary General asking that he stop the investigation of Anders Kompass, the OHCHR official who reported sexual abuse of children at a camp for the displaced in the Central African Republic last summer. Dr.

Accountability at the VA Can’t Wait!

Staff, September 29, 2015

“Whistleblowers from Veterans Affairs facilities across the country are back at home now after a trip to Capitol Hill. A small group was invited to testify in front of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee regarding retaliation after coming forward with claims of falsified records, chronic delays for care, and some questionable medical practices.”

UN Rep Fears Australian Witnesses of Migrant Abuse Will Face Reprisal

Staff, September 28, 2015

Alternative Law Journal“This threat of reprisals with persons who would want to cooperate with me… is unacceptable.”