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The UN’s Independent External Panel on Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers in Africa Not Independent, Not External

Bea Edwards, July 30, 2015

The independent external panel of the United Nations, established by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to explore the issues surrounding the sexual abuse of children by non-UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic last year, has begun its work.

Another Contract Farmer Speaks Out Against Big Chicken

Sarah Damian, July 29, 2015

In an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of retaliation, it takes a lot to speak out against powerful chicken corporations. But Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell is taking a chance and bravely speaking about the lies that Perdue told him and about the harsh reality that chicken farmers face just trying to make ends meet. What they are told when they sign up to become contract farmers doesn’t match reality, and if farmers don’t do exactly what the big chicken companies say, retaliation could very well follow.

Stop Cyber Surveillance

Staff, July 29, 2015

Congress is at it again. Mere months after civil liberties and privacy activists were able to stop the reauthorization of some of the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, the Senate may be on the verge of passing a surveillance bill in disguise – CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.

Whistleblower Safety Equals Public Safety

Staff, July 24, 2015

“A government watchdog has ordered the CIA and the Pentagon to re-investigate retaliation allegations brought by two intelligence employees who accused their agencies of major institutional failings.”

Taking Stock of the Success of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions

Dallas Hammer and Jason Zuckerman, July 21, 2015

Read the full story here!

Accountability at the United Nations

Bea Edwards, July 17, 2015

On June 11, 2015, accountability took a step forward at the United Nations. The UN Dispute Tribunal issued a judgment recommending that a manager be sanctioned for retaliation and cover-up, and a whistleblower be reinstated and compensated for damages.

The operative paragraphs of the judgment are quoted below.

Accountability of United Nations’ Managers

I Whistle, You Whistle – Looking For Best Practices Around the World

Tania Sanchez, Open Government Guide Coordinator, July 16, 2015

Whistleblower Harassment Now Extended to Those Who Tell Their Stories

Staff, July 15, 2015

Oscar, Pulitzer, and Academy Award-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, who told the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in her documentary Citizenfour, has been detained by US Border Patrol at least 50 times, without any legitimate explanation, upon trying to reenter the country. Now, she is fighting back!

If you see something, say something – unless we don’t want you to

Alison Glick, July 13, 2015

Alison Glick is GAP’s International Program Officer and WIN liaison

It shouldn’t be a crime to report a crime, but increasingly it is.

From the land Down Under to the U.S. hinterland, whistleblowers are being threatened with prosecution for exposing abuses in both the public and private sectors – a phenomenon that bodes ill for holding authorities accountable and for protecting basic rights to free speech and information.

The Reemerging Debate on Encryption

Staff, July 10, 2015

“The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned US senators that the threat from the Islamic State merits a “debate” about limiting commercial encryption – the linchpin of digital security – despite a growing chorus of technical experts who say that undermining encryption would prove an enormous boon for hackers, cybercriminals, foreign spies and terrorists.”