New cryptocurrency regulations will hurt NGOs and whistleblowers

New cryptocurrency regulations will hurt NGOs and whistleblowers

25.04.2023

Members of the European Parliament have voted on the first regulatory framework that will directly affect cryptocurrencies. The Czech Pirate Party opposed the proposal, claiming that it would lead to mandatory registration or identification of cryptocurrency owners. This will pose a problem, for example, for the funding of dissidents such as Russian opposition figure Alexei […]

Italian legislators: stop and prevent the abuse of AML/CFT laws by dictators

Italian legislators: stop and prevent the abuse of AML/CFT laws by dictators

19.04.2023

On 17 and 18 April 2023, a delegation led by the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) conducted an advocacy mission to Rome to raise awareness on the abuse of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) rules perpetrated by authoritarian regimes as a tool for transnational repression, and to expose how Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan […]

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

27.03.2023

On Wednesday 22 March 2023, the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, held a hearing regarding the activities of the Bank of Italy.  Among others, Governor Ignazio Visco talked about the recent development regarding AML/CFT regulation. In 2022, for example, the Anti-Money Laundering Supervision and Regulation Unit was established to monitor AML compliance of financial intermediaries […]

Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators?

Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators?

07.03.2023

Joint submission of the civil society coalition regarding the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators? As the European Union gets closer to adopting […]

Misuse of the Anti-Money Laundering Measures (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regulations as a tool of transnational repression

Misuse of the Anti-Money Laundering Measures (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regulations as a tool of transnational repression

19.01.2023

The Open Dialogue Foundation and MP Constantinos Efstathiou (Cyprus, SOC) organise a side event at the upcoming session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 26 January 2023. The discussion titled Misuse of the Anti-Money Laundering Measures (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regulations as a tool of transnational repression will take place in Room 3 at the premises of Palais de l’Europe (the headquarter of the Council of Europe) at 1 p.m. in Strasbourg.

“Bitcoin as a tool for financial freedom” — Lyudmyla Kozlovska at Plan ₿ Forum 2022

“Bitcoin as a tool for financial freedom” — Lyudmyla Kozlovska at Plan ₿ Forum 2022

22.10.2022

On 20–21 October 2022, the Plan ₿ Forum explored the theme of financial freedom facilitated by Bitcoin in the Swiss city of Lugano. Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, actively participated in a panel discussion during the event. The panel, moderated by Farida Nabourema, Executive Director of the Togolese Civil League, also […]

ODF organises hearing on the politicised prosecution service at OSCE

ODF organises hearing on the politicised prosecution service at OSCE

11.10.2022

In the weeks of 26 September – 7 October the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) held its 2022 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, serving as a summit, or plenary session, of the OSCE’s human rights institution. The conference was attended by OSCE […]

Statement on slander spread by former Foundation employee

Statement on slander spread by former Foundation employee

05.09.2022

We firmly oppose the spread of false information related to the activities of the Open Dialogue Foundation for Ukraine. These allegations have been spread in recent weeks by one of our former colleagues, who ended his cooperation with the Foundation at the end of June this year. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to them […]

The Open Dialogue Foundation Signs Letter Urging U.S. Congress to Reauthorise Global Magnitsky Act

The Open Dialogue Foundation Signs Letter Urging U.S. Congress to Reauthorise Global Magnitsky Act

23.03.2022

The Open Dialogue Foundation and 57 other NGOs urge the U.S. Congress to address Russian crimes in Ukraine by supporting a robust reauthorisation of the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016. On 23 March 2022, a number of nongovernmental organisations wrote to leaders in the United States Congress urging a reauthorisation of the Global Magnitsky Human […]

‘International institutions must protect Ukrainians from abductions and executions’, Ukrainian SCOs

‘International institutions must protect Ukrainians from abductions and executions’, Ukrainian SCOs

14.03.2022

The appeal was published on March 14 https://zmina.ua/statements/mizhnarodni-struktury-mayut-zahystyty-ukrayincziv-vid-vykraden-ta-strat-gromadskist/ Official addresses of the institutions to which we appeal:[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]@[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]  APPEAL to the international community on abductions and executions of Ukrainian activists, journalists, and local government officials in Russian-occupied territories We, representatives of Ukrainian NGOs, appeal to the international community in connection with the abductions and executions […]

Kazakhstan:  surrender of technological sovereignty to Russia & China and a further assault on civil society and liberties

Kazakhstan: surrender of technological sovereignty to Russia & China and a further assault on civil society and liberties

03.11.2021

On 3 September 2021, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and head of the Russian SBER group of companies (SBER) German Gref [German Gref, the head of SBER, has been close to Putin since his work in St-Petersburg. Gref was mentioned in the Pandora papers scandal with his offshores in Singapore, Panama and Samoa] signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Digital Transformation Projects for the Republic of Kazakhstan, Transition to the Platform-Based Digitalisation Model and the Data Driven Government Concept. The Memorandum was approved by the Decree of the Government of Kazakhstan on the same day. Pursuant to the Memorandum, SBER will create, implement and support a single centralised digital platform (GovTech) for all electronic state services in Kazakhstan to replace Kazakhstan’s existing e-government platforms (united by the website – https://egov.kz/cms/en). As of today, over 80% of state services are available on egov.kz. 

Malicious Prosecution by the Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office

Malicious Prosecution by the Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office

16.08.2021

Since the Law and Justice (PiS)-led United Right coalition (composed of PiS and its two minor partners – Solidarna Polska and Porozumienie) took power in 2015, we have witnessed an unprecedented level of politicization of the public prosecution service that has been transformed into a tool serving political and personal interests of the ruling camp and its members. This resulted in a growing number of politically motivated cases of investigations carried out against those regarded as opponents of the government. The continuous changes to the criminal justice system (Criminal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Law on the Prosecutor’s Service) expand the powers of the prosecution, amplifying the so-called inequality of arms between the sides of the criminal proceedings and a general repressiveness of the system.

Political arrest of Bartosz Kramek and electronic concentration camp in Kazakhstan. Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE SHDM

Political arrest of Bartosz Kramek and electronic concentration camp in Kazakhstan. Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE SHDM

13.07.2021

On 12-13 July our representative Maksym Sytnikov participated at the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM). SHDM is a platform for the OSCE Participating States and civil society to discuss progress made by the former in implementing OSCE commitments. The latest meeting was devoted to Digital Technologies and Human Rights. During the first session Maksym […]

ODF amongst the organisations who call on the EU to sanction human rights abusers in Turkey

ODF amongst the organisations who call on the EU to sanction human rights abusers in Turkey

22.12.2020

On 15 December 2020, The Open Dialogue Foundation signed a joint statement together with 10 other NGOs demanding relevant bodies of the EU to examine the current situation in Turkey in the context of the Global Human Rights Sanction regime and to impose sanctions on those who violate human rights in the country. The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, a volunteer organisation defending prosecuted lawyers and human rights defenders, initiated the joint statement.

Shortcomings in the law enforcement system of Ukraine exemplified by the investigation of attacks on civil activists

Shortcomings in the law enforcement system of Ukraine exemplified by the investigation of attacks on civil activists

20.11.2020

On 12 November 2020, the FightBack legal self-help chat-bot was presented in Kyiv, which was designed to provide free assistance to victims of law enforcement agencies’ inaction and to collect information about the cases of inaction. The chat-bot was created as a result of a series of interviews with activists who were victims of violent attacks in different regions of Ukraine after 2014.

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