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District Court Forces IDB/IIC to Waive Immunity

Bea Edwards, June 23, 2009

On June 19th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), could not claim immunity from a lawsuit for unjust enrichment by an independent consultant. The lawsuit will now proceed. The case, Vila vs. the IIC, is the second case this year to force international organizations to waive their immunities and submit to lawsuits brought against them in the United States (the other is Osseiran vs. the International Finance Corporation).

Burning of Dangerous Mustard Agent Continues

Dylan Blaylock, June 17, 2009

On Friday, June 12, GAP argued in court against the burning of mustard agent at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. The burning could elevate the risk of cancer in humans, especially children and adolescents whose immune systems are more vulnerable to dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately, the issue was not resolved and the burning will continue until the hearing resumes.

Hearing Excludes Whistleblowers from Testifying on FAA Safety

Dylan Blaylock, June 11, 2009

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, (Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security) is holding a hearing today entitled: Aviation Safety: FAA’s Role in the Oversight of Air Carriers. Surprisingly, the subcommittee, according to its witness list, has failed to include any FAA whistleblowers to testify. This is indicative of a perpetual problem for the federal government – the continual failure to address the role that whistleblowers can play in safeguarding the flying public.

GAP Submits Comments on Obama's Scientific Integrity Policy

Dylan Blaylock, May 23, 2009

GAP has submitted and is posting comments on the President’s scientific integrity policy. On March 9, the White House announced the draft policy and specified that it should include agency by agency whistleblower policies, for which it requested guidance. GAP’s comments analyze seven core recommendations to:

Reports of Sexual Assault at the United Nations

, February 27, 2009

In the past month, GAP has been approached by three separate whistleblowers who have raised concerns about sexual assaults involving United Nations employees as victims, witnesses and perpetrators. (Similar disclosures have also surfaced on the website Wikileaks, as described in a separate blog entry). Although the specifics of these confidential cases vary, the similarities suggest that the United Nations may have a systemic problem in how it handles this serious physical crime.

GAP Letter To World Bank Asks for Debarment Clarification

Bea Edwards, January 14, 2009

GAP has been pursuing disclosures concerning the relationship between the World Bank and the scandal that ultimately brought down Satyam Computer Services, Ltd. of India. After repeated investigative media reports, Bank officials admitted last month to GAP that the World Bank had, in fact, debarred Satyam from direct contracts for eight years due to financial misconduct.

GAP Releases Report on Proposed UN Office of Staff Legal Assistance

Bea Edwards, January 03, 2008

After an independent UN panel found the existing justice system at the organization to be “…inefficient, dysfunctional and lacking in independence,” the international body embarked on the process of internal reform. As part of these reforms, the panel proposed and the Secretary-General endorsed plans to replace the current Panel of Counsel with a new Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA).

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