Public appeal to Adam Bodnar to end political investigations and rehabilitate the victims

Public appeal to Adam Bodnar to end political investigations and rehabilitate the victims

12.02.2024

“We believe that, as the new Prosecutor General, you have not only a unique opportunity, but also a moral obligation, to conduct an effective review of a number of politically motivated cases. We hope that, in the case of investigations that show a so-called reasonable suspicion of insufficient grounds for prosecution, independent prosecutors will take […]

Submission to FinCEN: US Digital Asset AML Act

Submission to FinCEN: US Digital Asset AML Act

22.01.2024

How proposed US crypto-asset ban would support banking sector’s monopoly and harm civil society through financial exclusion 1. Key notes The USA, as a pioneer in combating anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) — having introduced the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) in 1970 —  and as one of the founding members of the Financial […]

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

15.12.2023

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) welcomes the opportunity to participate in this consultation of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) concerning “Technical Standards specifying certain requirements of Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA)”. We believe our comments will help to shape the regulation of the use of crypto-assets in line with fundamental rights not only in the EU, as well as the new AML/CFT Regulation, and will be reflected in the relevant report and recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe (OSCE PA), as well as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations regarding non-profit organisations.

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

14.12.2023

Germany, as one of the founding members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creates standards for global financial policy to comply with anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules; FATF Recommendations lead to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be defined as high-risk organisations by financial institutions, thereby by default opening the […]

Why should human rights defenders be protected from AML/CFT abuses by authoritarian authorities?

Why should human rights defenders be protected from AML/CFT abuses by authoritarian authorities?

11.12.2023

On 8 December 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation participated in the panel discussion “Regulation as an Opportunity” at the Digital Finance Summit in Brussels. Lyudmyla Kozlovska gave a presentation on the consequences of the misuse of anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations. The event, moderated by journalist Jimmy Franklin and Toon Vanagt, CEO […]

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

28.11.2023

1. Building True Change Coalition and Its Mission The Building True Change Coalition (BTC Coalition) is a global network of freedom fighters united by the mission of harnessing the power of Bitcoin to protect fundamental rights and promote financial inclusion. Its members include human rights defenders, political activists, Bitcoin entreprenuers and industry experts. The coalition […]

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

05.11.2023

Russia is threatened with exclusion from the international system of combating money laundering. The issue of Russia’s inclusion on the blacklist of the organisation in question – the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) – was considered at Ukraine’s request at a recent FATF session. The decision has not yet been made, but it may be […]

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

24.10.2023

In light of the ongoing discussion on better integration of the work of civil society in the works of national parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies, the Open Dialogue Foundation has been a vocal proponent and advocate for more transparent, organised and fair regulation, benefitting civil society. We believe that the expertise, input and advocacy work […]

Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

23.10.2023

As part of the 2023 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on October 6th, 2023, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) organised a side event on “Integrating civil society in the work of national parliaments”. Our Supervisory Board Chair, Bartosz Kramek, was invited to provide input based […]

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

15.10.2023

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), participated in the Bitcoin Amsterdam Conference, which took place from 12 to 14 October 2023. During the panel discussion at the conference Bitcoin is borderless, she shared her story of how Bitcoin allowed her to fight for human rights, help Ukraine during the war, and deal […]

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

06.10.2023

On 5 October 2023, webeconomy.info published an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, on solving the problem of people and NGOs excluded from the financial system. She talked about how Bitcoin has become a tool for defending human rights, delivering humanitarian aid and surviving in the face of political persecution. It […]

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

29.09.2023

Between March and July 2023, the EU AML/CFT Global Facility co-hosted and sponsored a series of regional consultations for nonprofit organisations (NPOs), FATF Regional Style Bodies, and Financial Intelligence Units with the aim of collecting, documenting, and analysing practices of meaningful engagement between the NPO sector and relevant (inter)governmental stakeholders. On 26-27 September 2023 in […]

Borys Stankiewicz’s post-stroke rehabilitation: Support needed

Borys Stankiewicz’s post-stroke rehabilitation: Support needed

21.08.2023

On 7 August 2023, our colleague, volunteer and employee Borys Stankiewicz suffered a stroke and was taken to the Dr W. Roefler Railway Hospital in Pruszków. Immediate medical treatment significantly reduced the consequences of the stroke, although it did not prevent everything. Boris has facial and arm paresis, and his cognitive abilities are restricted. The […]

Support needed. Boris’s rehabilitation and recovery after a stroke

Support needed. Boris’s rehabilitation and recovery after a stroke

18.08.2023

Borys has earned a reputation as a man with a big heart and a veteran “streetfighter” for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. Today he needs our support. On 7 August, Borys Stankiewicz suffered a stroke and was taken to the Dr W. Roefler Railway Hospital in Pruszków. Immediate medical treatment significantly reduced […]

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

21.07.2023

The EU has become one of the first jurisdictions to introduce comprehensive regulations on crypto-assets. Ukraine has announced its ambition to become a “pioneer” in implementing the European version of the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, MiCA. As the third country in the world in terms of cryptocurrency usage, Ukraine has been working on the regulation […]

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