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An Uncertain Future for South Africa’s Rhinos

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Rhino mother and babyOn April 5, 2017, South Africa’s Constitutional Court legalized domestic trade in rhino horn against the South African government’s desire to keep the ban in place.  South Africa is home to 70% of the world’s dwindling population of rhinos, and the decision has sparked questions about the potential impact on poaching and rhinos’ survival in the country.… Continue Reading

World Wildlife Day Comes at a Turning Point in Wildlife Protection History

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
#DoOneThingTodayToday is UN World Wildlife Day, which marks the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was signed in 1973. Celebrated globally, World Wildlife Day raises awareness of the importance of our world’s wild animals and plants, and is more crucial now than ever before.… Continue Reading

Serbian Press Lauds Whistleblower Advocacy

Posted in International
SKSerbian news media recently published an interview with NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn. This fall, Kohn participated in the “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources” conference in Belgrade. The international conference, hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information brought together leading whistleblower… Continue Reading

UN, Governments and Advocacy Organizations to Recognize International Anti-Corruption Day National Whistleblower Center joins as Part of the Day’s Celebration

Posted in International
IACD2016_logo_ENWashington, D.C. December 6, 2016.  This Friday, December 9th, the United Nations and anti-corruption organizations around the world will celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day. International Anti-Corruption Day annually recognizes the critical fight against fraud and corruption, and provides a venue to discuss new strategies for tackling these issues around the world. This year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the… Continue Reading

SEC: Incentives for Whistleblowers Best Way to Uncover Securities Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International
Dodd-FrankWashington, DC, November 16, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program had its most successful year to date in 2016. The agency, which issued its annual report to Congress today, reports it issued awards totaling over $57 million in 2016—higher than all award amounts issued in previous years combined. The Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) received over 4,200… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Participates in International Anti-Corruption Conference in Belgrade

Posted in International
Today, the NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn will take part in the “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources” conference in Belgrade, Serbia. This international conference, hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information runs from Thursday the 27th through Friday the 28th of… Continue Reading

Brazilian Aircraft Maker Settles Bribery Charges for $205 Million

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, International
Embraer_190-335x223On Tuesday October 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a global settlement along with the U.S. Department of Justice and Brazilian authorities that requires aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. to pay more than $205 million to resolve alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).… Continue Reading

Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and Corruption

Posted in International
lynch-335x335Cites FCPA & FCA as powerful detection and enforcement tools In remarks delivered to a group of Italian and American leaders and law enforcement officials on Thursday in Rome, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch highlighted the powerful tools the United States is using to fight international fraud and corruption. Lynch also gave assurances to the group that the United… Continue Reading

Encouraging Whistleblower Legislation in West African States

Posted in International, Legislation
Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 3.58.19 PMThe Economic Community of West African States’, or ECOWAS, recently held a weeklong anti-corruption meeting in Monrovia, Liberia. Attendees included 13 West African countries, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Arms, and international partners. As Tunde Ajisomo, ECOWAS ambassador to Liberia noted, “Fighting corruption is everybody’s business, but we need to put in place appropriate legislation.” Ajisomo also underscored… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Group Demands IOC Allow Russian Whistleblower to Compete in Olympics

Posted in International, News
YStepanovaOn Sunday July 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova that she is not allowed to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite being given clearance by the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete as a neutral athlete. The IOC ruled that Mrs. Stepanova is allowed to compete because of her previous use of… Continue Reading

Russian Whistleblower—Olympics 2016

Posted in International, News
YuliyaStepanovaYuliya Stepanova, Russian 800-meter runner, has bravely and spectacularly blown the whistle on widespread doping inside her country. Stepanova and her husband, who worked for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), spoke out in 2014 about a sophisticated state-run doping system within Russia. A 95 page report, published this morning by the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed Mrs. Stepanova’s claims.… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center and World Bank Meet to Discuss Plans to Protect Wildlife Whistleblowers

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
imageLast week, the National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Expert Report Highly Critical of UK Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed Reforms

Posted in International, News
Expert Report Highly Critical of U.K. Whistleblower Protection Laws, Calls for Urgently Needed ReformsA recent report published by Blueprint for Free Speech and the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found that UK law “does not–and cannot–adequately protect whistleblowers.” The report, entitled “Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK: A New Blueprint,” closely examines the UK’s existing whistleblower protection legislation, specifically PIDA (the Public Interest Disclosure Act), concluding that the law is outdated, “broken”, and in need of… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Proposes Oversight Reform in Response to Panama Papers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaIn response to the Panama Papers — the more than ten million leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, that exposed illicit financial activity and tax evasion through the use of anonymous offshore shell companies — the White House announced on May 6th that it would end the use of anonymous corporations in the United States and require… Continue Reading

Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Highlights Importance of Whistleblowers on World Wildlife Day

Posted in Events, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
#WWD2016 #InOurHandsToday, the Departments of Justice, State, and the Interior, co-hosted a panel discussion with the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to celebrate “World Wildlife Day.” John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, underscored the urgency of combating wildlife trafficking by reminding the audience, “If we don’t do better, we’re going to be telling… Continue Reading

Sounding the Alarm: U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS Investigation

Posted in International, News, Tax Whistleblowers
U.S. Whistleblower’s Involvement in French UBS InvestigationThis past Saturday, February 20, 2016, Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France revealed the contents of an internal UBS memo that discussed “navigating below the radar screen” to grow its business by enticing French clients to hide their money in Swiss bank accounts. The memo indicates that “UBS was perfectly aware of the risk” of its illegal practices.… Continue Reading

Statement of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on International Anti-Corruption Day

Posted in International, News
International Anti-Corruption Day. #BreaktheChainThe following statement was released by the United Nations: Message from UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2015 Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically. Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely — and rightly — understood as criminal and corrosive. The new… Continue Reading

UN Sets December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day

Posted in International, News
International Anti-Corruption DayNWC Urges President to Endorse Whistleblowing as Part of the Day’s Celebration Washington, D.C. December 7, 2015.  The United Nations has formally set-aside December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day.  As part of Anti-Corruption Day, the National Whistleblower Center is strongly urging President Obama to publicly praise the contributions of whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers are the key source of information on fraud and… Continue Reading

Strong Whistleblower Protection is Key to Fighting Corruption

Posted in International, News
Stephen M. Kohn discusses the importance of strong whistleblower protection laws in the fight against corruption.The National Whistleblower Center held a training seminar today for a group of female Afghan Members of Parliament. The training was part of the NWC’s outreach to improve protection for whistleblowers globally and was sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U. S. State Department. The training took place in Washington, D.C. The goal of this session was… Continue Reading

SEC Annual Report Highlights Success of International Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International
SEC Whistleblower Program SuccessWashington, DC, November 16, 2015.  The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower issued its annual report today highlighting the successes of the Office.  This includes payments of more then $37 million to whistleblowers in 2015 and a 30% increase in the amount of claims filed with the office.  The SEC also took enforcement action to ensure that corporations stop using restrictive… Continue Reading

International Visitors Learn Importance of Protecting Whistleblowers

Posted in International
DSCN1210On July 16, 2015, the National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn was a presenter at a round table discussion on the important role whistleblowers play in good governance, as well as whistleblower protections. The event was hosted by the international education organization World Learning as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Mr. Kohn delivered a short presentation to… Continue Reading

Whistleblower reinstated after two-year suspension credits assistance from National Whistleblower Center

Posted in International
Danko BogdanovićOn June 4, 2015, Danko Bogdanović was reinstated as of Chief of Customs office of Brcko, BiH, after a two-year suspension for reporting corruption in the Indirect Taxation Authority. Bogdanović, reported corruption to the Agency for prevention and coordination of fight against corruption (IPAK). The Center for Responsible Democracy LUNA assisted Bogdanović in filing an application under the Law on the… Continue Reading