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Congress Overhauls Rights for VA Whistleblowers

Tom Devine, October 12, 2016

Before Congress adjourned, HR 5325 - Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Prepardness Act, was enacted. Tucked into the bill is language to systematically makeover how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responds to whistleblowers.

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 Welcomes Recent Appointment of António Guterres for Position of UN Secretary General

Staff, October 11, 2016

GAP welcomes the appointment of António Guterres for the position of UN Secretary General. Widely respected throughout the international community, Guterres has spent nearly half a century in public service addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.

WIPO Director General Retaliates Against Whistleblower

Bea Edwards, October 04, 2016

At the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the UN, former Deputy Director General James Pooley, filed a misconduct report through proper channels in April, 2014. The subject of his report was Francis Gurry, the Director General, whom Pooley alleged had influenced a procurement process to steer a contract to an acquaintance, among other things.

The US Prepares to Abandon WIPO Whistleblowers

Bea Edwards, September 30, 2016

The legal counsel to the Staff Council at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIIPO) has written a strongly worded letter to all Ambassadors at the United Nations specialized agency, headquartered in Geneva. (link to letter here).

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.
 

Tribunal Ruling Shows that UN Whistleblowers Cannot be Protected

Bea Edwards, August 30, 2016

In the whistleblower world, we were discouraged to read the ruling the UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) released on August 24th in the case of Nguyen-Kropp & Postica vs. the Secretary General. The final decision in the case was, of course, communicated months ago, but the UNAT’s argument to support its ruling was new to us.

Continuing Cover-up at the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization

Bea Edwards, August 26, 2016

Last week, the Chairs of the General Assembly and the Coordinating Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delivered their assessment of a United Nations investigation to the WIPO Member States. It is awful.

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