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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

Director, Open Secrets
Hennie  works on issues of secrecy, access to information and corruption from within civil society. 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 International... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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Michael Marchant

Researcher: Investigations and Advocacy, Open Secrets
Michael is a researcher, working on investigations and advocacy at Open Secrets, an independent non-profit with a mission to promote private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa. He holds an MSc Africa and International Development... Read More →

Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00 - 13:00 GMT+08
Hall 7

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