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Good Government Groups Demand Transparency for CIA Nominee's Role in Torture of Detainees

, March 16, 2018

Today, the Government Accountability Project joined dozens of good government organizations in demanding the U.S. Senate not advance the nomination of Gina Haspel until all records of her past involvement in a CIA torture program are declassified and released to the public. You can read the full letter here!

UK Secretary of State Denounces Human Rights Abuses

Bea Edwards, March 05, 2018

In a statement delivered February 20 to the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for Development in the UK, addressed the deepening mistrust between the UK government and the United Nations: 

Retaliation against Whistleblowers Continues at United Nations

Bea Edwards, February 26, 2018

The correspondence linked below relates to the case of United Nations whistleblower Emma Reilly. Ms. Reilly, a human rights officer, disclosed to senior officials in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that she had been instructed to provide the names of Chinese human rights defenders (HRDs) to the Chinese Government ahead of Human Rights Council meetings. Ms. Reilly believed that such exposure would endanger Chinese human rights dissidents by exposing them to detention before they could leave China. As a whistleblower, Ms.

The UN High Commissioner Who Retaliates Against Whistleblowers Will Step Down

Bea Edwards, February 14, 2018

As whistleblowers and their advocates, we write into a void. Once a UN staff member becomes the bearer of unpleasant news, he or she is dismissed, demoted or silenced in one way or another. 

Notes from Underground (& Underwater): The Deregulation Crusade: A Pattern of Ignoring Warnings

Adam Arnold, February 08, 2018

Part 1: Leaks, Spills, & Explosions, On Land & Offshore

New NGO Fights for Whistleblower Rights in Europe

, February 06, 2018

For all of the attention on US and international cases, Europe has been home to some of the world’s most spectacular whistleblower revelations in recent years.

Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet withstood criminal prosecution after exposing sweetheart tax deals secretly granted to multinational corporations by Luxembourg officials. Bradley Birkenfeld served three years in prison after disclosing mass-scale tax evasion enabled by the Swiss bank UBS.

UN/WIPO: Trump Administration Must Protect UN Whistleblower on North Korea

Bea Edwards, December 15, 2017

At the Government Accountability Project (GAP), we understand that the US government has been withholding 100 percent of its contributions to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since April 2016 because the organization has failed to protect whistleblowers, including Miranda Brown who reported WIPO's shipments of US IT equipment to North Korea and Iran. The shipments circumvented US and other nations’ sanctions, but slipped through a WIPO loophole that officially left the authorization of such shipments to the discretion of the Director General, Francis Gurry. 

SOX Corporate Whistleblower Rights Go International

John Whitty and Tom Devine, December 04, 2017

An August 28, 2017 ruling by the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) is a little-noticed landmark decision that internationally expands corporate whistleblower rights under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002. In Blanchard v. Exelis Systems Corporation, ARB No. 15-031 (Aug. 29, 2017), the Board held that Section 806 SOX whistleblower protections apply extraterritorially where misconduct “affect[s] in some significant way the United States.”

GAP Questions UN High Commissioner for Human Rights About Revealing Names of Chinese Dissidents

Bea Edwards, November 13, 2017

Last week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) transmitted a letter to Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on behalf of GAP client Emma Reilly. 

Assault on the Environment: Scrapping the Clean Power Plan Symbolizes a Rejection of Law, Science, and Concern for People and the Economy

Adam Arnold, November 07, 2017

Bad policy decisions are creating a perfect storm for government whistleblowers


President Trump is going to save the coal industry. Or so he claims.