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CiFAR’s mission is to amplify the voice for civil society worldwide on public stolen assets, to support civil society across the globe to be a strong and effective actor on stolen assets and to close the gap missing in global civil society asset recovery work. We provide civil society with skills, knowledge and network to advocate, inform, campaign and investigate cases where public and private officials are complicit in the illicit removal of public goods to private accounts and private ownership across country borders. We also ensure that civil society can be an active voice in ensuring the return and monitoring the use of confiscated stolen assets. We campaign against individuals and the structures that enable asset theft, we support cross-border civil society cooperation on asset recovery and we develop the expertise of civil society to be strong voices across the globe on asset theft.
our news and features
Civil society’s work to recover stolen assets is dominated by technical topics—from mutual legal assistance and secrecy jurisdictions, to beneficial ownership. Due to the complex nature of these technicalities, organisations that lead asset recovery efforts have mostly failed to engage the public and effectively transform angry citizens into an engaged citizenry. Civil society has an[…]
“A robust international framework for quick restitution of stolen assets is long overdue” Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria at the OECD, 30 March 2017. Last week we were at the OECD for the 2017 Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, an event billed as a follow-on to the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Conference and bringing[…]
After Hosni Mubarak was released from prison in March 2016 and the EU extended for another year the freeze of his and his family’s assets, what will happen to his billions? CiFAR had a chat with the French news outlet BFM Business. You can read the interview in French at this link. […]
Masses of people flooded the streets to protest the endemic corruption of their governments in Cairo, Tunis and many other Arab cities. Following these uprisings six years ago, sanctions were imposed on public officials for misappropriating public funds. Here’s a look at recent European Union (EU) actions, such as asset freezes and visa restrictions. Egypt[…]
As one of the last signatories in Europe to the UN Convention Against Corruption and sitting in 8th place on the 2015 Financial Secrecy Index, the German government has a chequered commitment to anti-corruption. In 2017 Germany has a chance to make a change and become a leader in the anti-corruption field as it passes[…]
It was the anger against the widespread corruption of Mubarak’s regime that brought millions of Egyptians on the streets in early 2011. In the aftermath of the revolution, Egyptians put a lot of hopes that they would get back the billions of Euros stolen by Mubarak and his family to invest them in building[…]
During the protests in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, which led to the removal of longtime dictators Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, the Council of the European Union did something remarkable and, at the time, relatively unprecedented – it issued a regulation to its member states which pre-emptively froze the assets held[…]
It was 2011 when Hussein Salem fled Egypt to Spain. He had been accused by the new, transitional authorities of having profited through his connections with the regime of Hosni Mubarak to the tune of several billion dollars in corrupt assets. Hussein Salem was a business tycoon, known as the ‘Father of Sharm El Sheikh’[…]
Many people are discussing passionately what the Trump era will look like. We should ask ourselves: what will happen to US policies on recovering stolen assets? Will the US administration continue in its anti-corruption efforts worldwide? Although we should wait to see what happens, the premises are far from promising. Many have criticised the conflicts[…]
Over the last 20 years, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his family and close circle of advisers enriched themselves through partnerships in powerful Egyptian companies, profiting from their political power and illicit enrichment from public money, according to numerous reports. Evidence shows that their wealth—obtained from illegal activities—was deposited or invested not just in Egypt,[…]