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Ban Ki-moon Should Strengthen (Not Weaken) Whistleblower Protections at the UN

Bea Edwards, December 28, 2016

On January 1, Antonio Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and High Commissioner for Refugees, will become the new Secretary General of the United Nations. Before then, Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing Secretary General who has presided over cases of retaliation against UN whistleblowers at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Intellectual Property Organization, in numerous field offices and in peacekeeping missions, has an opportunity to improve protection for whistleblowers, as he has been urged to do by the General Assembly.

The New UN Secretary General Commits to A Culture of Accountability

Bea Edwards, December 27, 2016

Management and staff at the United Nations are marking the arrival of Antonio Guterres as Secretary General. Mr. Guterres is the former High Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister of Portugal. In his initial speech as the new Secretary General, Mr. Guterres turned his attention to UN management reform and spoke of a culture of accountability, including effective protection for whistleblowers.

In Memoriam: John Kim

Bea Edwards, December 08, 2016

We were profoundly saddened to learn of John Kim’s death on November 27th. John was a deeply ethical man who worked at the World Bank for nearly 30 years and was identified as a source for a journalist who criticized then Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. As a result of the exposure of wrongdoing by Wolfowitz, he and his top aides resigned in 2008.

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.  

GAP Whistleblower Vindicated for Veterans Affairs Disclosures

Staff, December 07, 2016

GAP client and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower Brandon Coleman has again been vindicated for his whistleblower disclosures!

World Bank and Global Financial Integrity Co-Host Event on Global Corruption

Luke Drabyn, November 14, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9 the World Bank and Global Financial Integrity co-hosted an event at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC titled, “Amplifying Integrity in the Fight Against Systemic Corruption.” Ten distinguished scholars from think tanks, non-profits and international institutions were invited to participate in two panel discussions on the evolution of global illicit financial flows. 

Pro Se Sarbanes Oxley Whistleblower Prevails in Jury Trial

Jason Zuckerman, November 01, 2016
“A very interesting read for whistleblowers. Below is a blog by Jason Zuckerman, who is featured in the piece “How to Help a Whistleblower” by Jan Wolfe in Corporate Counsel’s Novemember edition.” 


In Palmer v. Canadian National Railway, Major Relief for Whistleblowers

Tom Devine, October 14, 2016

On Friday, September 30 the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued its decision in Kenneth Palmer v. Canadian National Railway/Illinois Central Railroad Company. The case was widely viewed as a showdown for the survival of the modern burdens of proof that have governed all whistleblower statutes since passage of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act for federal workers.