The Ibori Loot: The controversy surrounding the destination of the returned money

This is a guest blog by Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi, a journalist at Nigeria’s Peoples Gazette. For any inquiries, you may contact her at elfretutle.ei@gmail.com. On 18th May 2021, the Nigerian government received the expected £4.2 million from the British Government, recovered from family members and associates of the oil-rich former Delta State Governor, James Ibori. In the months preceding the Read more about The Ibori Loot: The controversy surrounding the destination of the returned money[…]

WEBINAR | Cuidado digital para la sociedad civil luchando contra la corrupción

Cuándo: 26 de Mayo a las 16:00-19:00 Tiempo universal coordinado (UTC)Idioma: EspañolGrupos: NGOs trabajando en el campo de ante-corrupciónPlataforma: ZoomSubscripción: Por favor, inscríbase aquí La pandemia de Covid-19 no solo aumentó el tiempo que la sociedad civil gasta comunicándose en línea, sino que también aumentó el riesgo alrededor de la comunicación digital. Esto ha sido Read more about WEBINAR | Cuidado digital para la sociedad civil luchando contra la corrupción[…]

WEBINAR | Digital security for civil society fighting corruption

When: 11th May 2021, 14:00-17:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)Language: EnglishTarget group: NGOs and activists working in the anti-corruption fieldCost: Free upon accepted registrationPlatform to be used: ZoomRegistration: The number of spaces is limited so please sign up here The COVID-19 pandemics has not only increased the time civil society spends communicating online but it Read more about WEBINAR | Digital security for civil society fighting corruption[…]

WEBINAR | Segurança digital destinado à sociedade civil no combate à corrupção

Quando: 6 maio de 2021, das 14h às 17h Horário de Verão da Europa Central (CEST)Língua: PortuguêsGrupo alvo: Ativistas da sociedade civil que trabalham na área de combate à corrupção. Custo: Gratuito, mediante aceitação do registoPlataforma a ser usada: Zoom Inscrição: O número de vagas é limitado, por favor inscreva-se A pandemia da COVID-19 fez Read more about WEBINAR | Segurança digital destinado à sociedade civil no combate à corrupção[…]

The EU and UK are releasing the money of deposed dictators

Why is the EU lifting sanctions on politicians accused of corruption in Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine, when so little money has been recovered? On 12 March, the EU lifted sanctions against nine Egyptians responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian state funds and unfroze the suspected proceeds of corruption, claiming that “the regime had served its Read more about The EU and UK are releasing the money of deposed dictators[…]

EU MISAPPROPRIATION SANCTIONS TEN YEARS ON – FACTSHEET 2021

BACKGROUND Following the revolutions in 2011 in Tunisia and Egypt and 2014 in Ukraine, the Council of the European Union imposed misappropriation sanctions on people suspected of corruption from the ousted regimes. These require that any assets relating to people on the list, including real estate and bank accounts, are frozen in all EU Member Read more about EU MISAPPROPRIATION SANCTIONS TEN YEARS ON – FACTSHEET 2021[…]

The new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime lacks corruption focus

On 7th December, after years of talks and preparatory works in 2020, the European Council announced the adoption of the new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. This new sanction regime does not have a specific geographic focus and will allow the EU to target individuals and entities involved in serious human rights violations and abuses across Read more about The new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime lacks corruption focus[…]

Can international anti-corruption sanctions help advance sustainable development?

On 3rd September 2020 CiFAR participated in the first Global Forum on Illicit Financial Flows and Sustainable Development, organised by the German and Norwegian governments. One of the workshops we organised focused on the potential of international targeted sanctions to fight corruption.

Hunting Saleh’s treasure – CiFAR’s interview with the Zenith magazine

The assets of Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was murdered in 2017, are probably distributed among at least 20 countries. The repatriation of the illegally accumulated funds is proving to be particularly tricky. In early 2020, CiFAR published a report Yemen’s Stolen Assets: Past and Future, explaining both some of the challenges that led to Read more about Hunting Saleh’s treasure – CiFAR’s interview with the Zenith magazine[…]

Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions

This article is drawn from Clara Portela’s report for CiFAR – Sanctioning kleptocrats: An assessment of EU misappropriation sanctions written for CiFAR’s EU Sanctions Watch project. The blog was initially written for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and can be read in full on their website.  Sanctions for ‘misappropriation’ have proved their worth in forging ties Read more about Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions[…]