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Wednesday, September 2 • 11:00 - 13:00
Breaking the Cycle of Impunity: Why truth telling and accountability for past economic crimes matters

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Entrenched networks of corrupt political and economic elites show great resilience in weathering complex political transitions. This is a result of the inability or unwillingness of many countries to tackle such forms of systemic corruption amongst the powerful. This often takes place in a context of complex political trade offs between an old corrupt autocratic regime and a new democratic political order promising change. 

This session aims to contribute to an emerging international debate on the need to focus on economic crime during (and after) transitional justice processes. This has received insufficient airing in either transitional justice or corruption debates.  Confronting this issues is a key element of ensuring that cycles of impunity involving corrupt networks are broken, or at least sufficiently slowed down to allow for greater democratic participation. Without it social justice and ultimately a restoration of trust amongst the citizenry are difficult to achieve.

The session will discuss comparative experiences in an interactive Q&A format. It will propose ways in which the IACC community of practitioners can collaborate in changing public discourse on this issue. Participants are encouraged to contribute in answering the central question: Why do attempts to challenge old corrupt networks of power and privilege fail and what can we do to change this?

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Hennie van Vuuren

Senior Research Associate, Open Secrets Project - Institute for Justice & Reconcilliation
Hennie  works on issues of secrecy, access to information and corruption. He is a Senior Research Associate, at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation  in South Africa currently focussing on accountability for economic crimes during political transitions. He is a past fellow of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and has worked as Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and for Transparency... Read More →

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Osama Diab

Transparency and Anti-Corruption Officer, Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights
Osama is the transparency and anti-corruption officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Osama researches  corruption and transparency issues from a human rights perspective, as well as a transitional context touching upon issues such as truth seeking, dealing with the past and reconciliation amongst other. Osama has also been part of EIPR's working group on transitional justice which advocates for the inclusion of economic... Read More →

Gladwell Otieno

Executive Director, Africog
Gladwell is the founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), a governance and anti-corruption civil society organisation based in Kenya. AfriCOG also convenes the influential network, Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice that advocates for and monitors progress on constitutional implementation and accountability in Kenya. She  has provided expert advice to international institutions such as the World... Read More →
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Jose Ugaz

Chair, Transparency International
José Carlos Ugaz became President of PROETICA, TI’s chapter in Peru, in 2002, then an Individual Member of Transparency International in 2008. A lawyer by training, Ugaz served as Ad-Hoc State Attorney of Peru in several corruption cases. During the Fujimori-Montesinos affair (2000-2002), his office opened more than 200 cases against 1,500 members of the Fujimori network. Under his mandate, US$205 million in assets were frozen abroad... Read More →

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Michael Marchant

Research Associate, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
Michael is a research associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa and is currently working on the Open Secrets research project. He holds a BSocSc PPE (Honours) from theUniversity of Cape Town and an MSc Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include corruption, political party funding and issues around illicit financial flows.

Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00 - 13:00
Hall 7

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