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Nigeria’s National Assembly, anti-NGO bill and authoritarianism

4 January 2018, by Kolawole Olaniyan Nigeria’s National Assembly has turned its sights on NGOs, which are bracing for a crackdown in 2018. The Yakubu Dogara led House of Representatives is desperately pushing to pass the ‘NGO Regulatory Bill’ that…

GFAR civil society groups welcome return of stolen assets to Nigeria, call for more accountable asset recovery

Washington, DC, 6 December 2017 In a statement delivered at the closing plenary of the first ever Global Forum on Asset Recovery that ends today, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) welcomed the political will generated by the Forum…

Civil Society Statement for the Global Forum on Asset Recovery Closing Session

Washington, DC, 6 December 2017 At this first ever Global Forum on Asset Recovery co-hosted by the US and UK, with its focus on Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Nigeria and Ukraine, civil society organisations from these focal countries and international CSOs…

Civil Society Statement for the Global Forum on Asset Recovery

4 December 2017 On the occasion of the first Global Forum on Asset Recovery co-hosted by the United States and the United Kingdom in Washington D.C., USA, 4–6 December 2017, GFAR focus country civil society organisations, the UNCAC Coalition[1] Working…

Nigerian CSOs at the Washington GFAR Meeting Welcome MoU on the Repatriation of $321 Million Abacha Loot to Nigeria

Washington, DC, 4 December 2017 Nine NGOs representing Nigerian Civil Society Organizations at the 1st Global Forum on Asset Recovery, GFAR, inaugural meeting in the United States have hailed the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Nigerian government and the…

Uzbek Civil Society Open Letter

1 December 2017 Global Forum for Asset Recovery The StAR Secretariat 1818 H Street NW Washington DC 20433 USA CC: US Department of State; US Department of Justice; The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom From: Association for Human Rights…

Open letter to the Federal Council: Don’t release Egypt's Frozen Assets in Switzerland

27 November 2017 The Federal Council Palais fédéral ouest 3003 Berne Your Excellencies, Distinguished Members of the Swiss Federal Council, On 11th February 2011, the Swiss authorities decided to issue a decree following the Egyptian Revolution pertaining to the freezing…

Transparency International and UNCAC Coalition Letter to UNCAC COSP President and Secretary

Vienna, 10 November 2017 The Hon. Thelma Aldana Hernández de López Chair of the UNCAC Conference of States Parties UNCAC Bureau, UN Vienna Mr. Dimitri Vlassis Secretary of the UNCAC Conference of States Parties UNODC, Vienna Dear President of the…

Transparency International Statement at Plenary Session of 7th UNCAC COSP

Vienna, 8 November 2017 Mr President, distinguished delegates, My name is Delia Ferreira Rubio and I am the Chair of Transparency International. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today on behalf of Transparency International. I…

UNCAC Coalition Statement at General Plenary of 7th UNCAC COSP

Vienna, 8 November 2017 Juanita Olaya, Chair, UNCAC Coalition Honourable Mr Vice President and honourable delegates, dear civil society colleagues, Time and again we feel as if we are at a critical juncture in history, collectively choosing between one path…

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