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La Conférence de Johannesburg Établie le Lien entre les Droits de l’Homme et la Transparence Financière en Afrique

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

Les flux financiers illicites « aggravent considérablement la pauvreté et l’oppression dans de nombreux pays en voie de développement.»

GFI estime que les sorties illicites de capitaux représentent 5.5% du PIB annuel en Afrique sub-saharienne.

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud – Des spécialistes internationaux et africains des droits de l’homme et des flux financiers illicites se réunissent cette semaine à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, pour une conférence de plusieurs jours sur les liens entre la transparence financière et les droits de l’homme en Afrique.

Organisée par Global Financial Integrity (GFI) – en collaboration avec la fondation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) et l’institut des droits de l’homme de l’Association internationale du barreau (IBAHRI) – cet évènement s’appuie sur la Déclaration de New Haven sur les droits de l’homme et l’intégrité financière (Déclaration de New Haven), qui a reconnu que « les droits de l’homme et l’intégrité financière internationale sont intimement liés. »

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Conferência de Joanesburgo Liga os Direitos Humanos e Transparência Financeira em África

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

Fluxos financeiros ilícitos “Agravam Muito a Pobreza e Opressão em Muitos Países em Desenvolvimento”

A GFI Estima que as Saídas Ilícitas Drenam 5,5% do PIB da África Subsariana anualmente

JOANESBURGO, África do Sul – Especialistas africanos e internacionais sobre direitos humanos e dos fluxos financeiros ilícitos reúnem-se em Joanesburgo, África do Sul esta semana para uma conferência de vários dia as relações entre a transparência financeira e os direitos humanos em África.

Organizada pela Global Financial Integrity (GFI) — em parceria com a Fundação Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) e o Instituto de Direitos Humanos da International Bar Association (IBAHRI) —o evento baseia-se na Declaração de New Haven sobre os Direitos Humanos e a Integridade Financeira (Declaração de New Haven), que reconheceu que “os direitos humanos e a integridade financeira internacional estão intimamente ligados.”

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Landmark UK Transparency Law Raises Pressure on White House, Congress

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

UK Enacts Legislation to Curb Abuse of Anonymous Companies—A Prime Money Laundering Vehicle—with Public Registry of Corporate Ownership Information

U.S. the 2nd-Easiest Place for Criminals to Open Anonymous Companies to Launder Dirty Money

WASHINGTON, DC – The United Kingdom today enacted legislation to crack down on the abuse of anonymous companies—a major conduit for laundering the proceeds of crime, corruption, and tax evasion—in a move that raises pressure on the United States to clean up its own house, noted Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based organization working to curtail illicit financial flows.

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Civil Society Urges U.S. Treasury to Combat Money Laundering in Real Estate Sector, Curb Abuse of Anonymous Companies

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

GFI and 16 Other Groups Send Letter to FinCEN Urging Enhanced Customer Due Diligence Requirements for U.S. Banks and Real Estate Professionals

WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and sixteen other civil society organizations called on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to curb money laundering in the U.S. financial system by requiring real estate professionals and financial institutions to know their customers. In a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury Department division charged with combatting money laundering with financial intelligence, the transparency groups note that the current secrecy surrounding anonymous company ownership and the lack of due diligence in the real estate sector open the U.S. financial system to rampant abuse by criminals and kleptocrats.

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GFI Marks the Passing of Advisory Board Member John C. Whitehead

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

Top Wall Street Banker Understood the Need for Transparency in the Global Financial System

“A True American Statesman and Hero”

WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) praised John C. Whitehead, a longtime member of the organization’s Advisory Board, as a true American hero and champion of ethics on Wall Street upon his passing at the age of 92 on Saturday. A World War II veteran, who commanded a D-Day landing craft ferrying troops to Omaha Beach, Mr. Whitehead went on to lead Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before serving as Deputy U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Whitehead most recently led efforts to help rebuild Manhattan following the September 11th terrorist attacks and served as Chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

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Leaked HSBC Records Shed Light on Culture of Corruption in the International Banking System

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

Swiss Leaks Findings Emblematic of Opaque System Illegally Draining US$1 Trillion Annually from Developing Economies

GFI: Bankers and Bank Executives Must be Held Accountable for their Behavior

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaked HSBC documents revealed today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) highlight a culture of corruption in the international banking system that goes far beyond the world’s second biggest bank, noted Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization. Featured Sunday evening on CBS News’ 60 Minutes program, the files allegedly highlight how the Swiss branch of the bank meticulously catered to some of the world’s biggest dictators and criminals, and they are but the latest example of a global bank gone rogue.

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AU/UN Panel Report Prioritizes Curbing Trade-Related Illicit Flows; Calls for SDGs to Follow Suit

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

Game-Changing Recommendations Urge Institutionalization of Efforts to Combat Illicit Flows, Promote Financial Transparency

Mbeki-Led Group Also Calls for Public Registries of Beneficial Ownership, Public Country-by-Country Reporting for Multinationals

WASHINGTON, DC / ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) welcomed a new report from the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) High Level Panel (HLP) on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa as a game-changer in the movement to curtail illicit financial flows and promote financial transparency. Chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the HLP’s final report recommends putting efforts to curtail trade-related illicit flows—constituting the vast majority of measurable illicit financial flows (IFFs)—foremost in African and global efforts to curb the ongoing illegal outflow of African wealth.

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GFI Expert: Labor Dep’t Shouldn’t Grant Criminal Bank Credit Suisse Special Privilege to Gamble with Workers’ Retirement Savings

Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222

GFI’s Heather Lowe Testified at Public Hearing against Exempting Credit Suisse from U.S. Regulation Barring It from Claiming Preferential Asset Manager Status in Wake of Criminal Tax Evasion Conviction

WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Heather Lowe testified Thursday at a U.S. Department of Labor hearing where she cautioned policymakers against granting Credit Suisse AG (Credit Suisse) a special exemption from U.S. regulations barring it and its affiliates from receiving preferential asset manager treatment after the bank was criminally convicted of willfully aiding in U.S. tax evasion on an industrial scale over many years.

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