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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

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 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

NWC Program Educates Foreign Government Officials In Fight Against Corruption and Bribery

Posted in International
Foreign officials meet with Stephen M. Kohn of the National Whistleblower Center.The National Whistleblower Center recently met with legislative aides for Members of the Japanese Diet and a delegation of distinguished leaders from Kazakhstan.  The purpose of these meetings was to educate the foreign officials on how whistleblowers are protected in the United States and the challenges that whistleblowers face. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center led… Continue Reading

Congress Passes Magnitsky Act

Posted in International
          Sergei Magnitsky On December 6, 2012 Congress passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012. (Magnitsky Act). The law was inspired by a Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky, detained in 2008 after he blew the whistle on a $230 million tax fraud scheme involving the collaboration of Russian government officials and convicted criminals. He was arrested for… Continue Reading

NWC announces press conference tomorrow on IRS decision in Birkenfeld case

Posted in Events, International, Tax Whistleblowers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a decision in the whistleblower case of former UBS banker Bradley C. Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld’s brother, Douglas Birkenfeld, and his attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, will make statements at a National Whistleblowers Center press conference tomorrow, September 11, 2012, at 10:00am ET. The press conference will be held in the… Continue Reading

AILA amicus brief urges protection for international whistleblowers

Posted in International
Last week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) urging the Board to restore a broad interpretation of "members of a particular social group." The "social group" status is important because those who qualify can receive political asylum in the United States. On pages 11 through 15, the AILA brief… Continue Reading

British MP Julian Smith visits NWC

Posted in Images, International, Legislation
British Member of Parliament Julian Smith (left in photo) today visited Stephen Kohn (right in photo) the Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Mr. Smith asked for the meeting to discuss how the United Kingdom might benefit from improved laws for whistleblowers and from an advocacy organization like NWC. Mr. Kohn explained how the United States has benefited from… Continue Reading

Transparency International hosts international whistleblower conference

Posted in International
Transparency International (TI) hosted a conference for whistleblowers last week in Berlin, Germany. Mark Worth is reporting in a blog post that around the world, "Powerful cultural, political and social forces – often dating back centuries – can keep the lid on bribery, extortion, collusion and other crimes that by any measure should see the light of day." Delegates from… Continue Reading

Puerto Rican attorneys under attack in Free Speech battle

Posted in International
"The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers," says Dick the Butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2. The famous quote conveys the idea that if you want to maintain power by suppressing the people, then lawyers are your enemy. The powers that be in Puerto Rico have that same idea, and they are now engaged in a… Continue Reading

NWC hosts international visitors

Posted in Events, Images, International, National Security
On November 19, 2010, the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) hosted a visit by Middle Eastern officials as part of the State Department’s Transparency in Government project for the Near East. The program offered a view of the role of citizens, media and private non-profit advocacy in fostering transparency and accountability in government. Visitors learned about the uneven patchwork of whistleblower… Continue Reading

Irish bank whistleblower gets second apology

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, International
In 2001, Eugene McErlean was working for the giant Allied Irish Banks (AIB) as an internal auditor. He discovered that his employer had been overcharging customers for exchanges from foreign currencies.  In over 3 million transactions, AIB had run up overcharges now valued at over €34 million ($47 million). McErlean reported his findings and his superiors seemed to share his… Continue Reading

Philippine authorities catch tax cheat with anonymous letter

Posted in International
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Philippine Bureau of Customs has filed charges that Oillink, an import company, cheated the government out of 700 million Philippine pesos (16 million US dollars). The Bureau of Customs discovered the fraud through an anonymous letter, apparently from a disgruntled employee. In a column, Raul Palabrica says, "It takes a lot of guts… Continue Reading

State Department gives no mention of whistleblowers to UN

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, National Security
Last April, I submitted a report to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the U.S. State Department about how U.S. law fails to give whistleblowers customary remedies for their retaliation claims. My report listed the international treaties that required the United States to protect whistleblowers. It listed specific cases in which whistleblowers’ rights had been denied, including… Continue Reading