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Red Flags Launched in London 23 May

International Alert and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies launched the Red Flags guide and web site 23 May at a seminar in London.

The launch at a seminar at the Institute of Directors in London. On the panel were: John Ruggie, UN; Edward Bickham, Anglo-American plc; Mark Taylor, Fafo; and Dan Smith, International Alert

Corruption Case Against African Leaders Moves Ahead in France
France's Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) has ruled that an investigation into corruption by three African leaders can proceed. The case involves the alleged acquisition of properties, cars, and bank accounts by three foreign heads of state. "The inquiry should also shed light on the role played by various intermediaries...including banking institutions".
Governments Must Remove Barriers to Corporate Accountability says new report
A report out this week from Fafo, Amnesty International, and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre identifies obstacles to judicial remedies for business involvement in human rights abuses and sets out a series of reforms. The report argues governments need to take urgent action.
Wood Products Multinational in Court over allegations of Funding Liberia's War
Campaigning organizations have lodged a complaint in France against leading international timber company Dalhoff, Larsen and Horneman (DLH) alleging that "during the civil war in Liberia from 2000-2003, DLH brought timber from Liberian companies that provided support to Charles Taylor's brutal regime."
Kabuga's assets frozen
A Kenyan judge has upheld an appeal against Kenya's decision to freez the assets of a Rwandan businessman wanted by the ICTR on charges of having helped to finance the Rwandan genocide. Felicien Kabuga was indicted by the tribunal but is still at large.
French Court to Investigate Assets of African Presidents
A French court has decided to open a judicial investigation into assets held in France by three African presidents. The NGOs who launched the case under anti-corruption laws in France say an investigation will have to determine how the assets were acquired and where the funds came from: "The investigation will also throw light on the various intermediaries involved in the transactions under scrutiny, namely the banks identified by the police investigation whose compliance with anti- money laundering regulations is in question."
New UK corruption law likely in wake of OECD criticism
The OECD says it is "seriously concerned about the UK's continued failure to address deficiencies in its laws on bribery of foreign public officials and on corporate liability for foreign bribery". New legislation toughening anti-bribery laws would be introduced in the next Parliament, Justice Minister Jack Straw said.
Red Flags Launched in London 23 May
International Alert and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies launched the Red Flags guide and web site 23 May at a seminar in London.
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