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The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing

The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing

A unique international hearing in Oslo November 22 will discuss human rights challenges in corrupt authoritarian states.

Sergei Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison cell after investigating fraud involving Russian tax officials. His death sparked international outrage and led to punitive actions from the US and other countries in the form of targeted sanctions and investigations of money laundering.

Whistle-blowers

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is hosting the Oslo Magnitsky Hearing as a part of its 40 year anniversary. The hearing intends to present the Magnitsky case in order to highlight the situation for other whistle-blowers in authoritarian states. Corrupt officials, who fear that their crimes will be exposed, are able to arrest, torture and even kill those who stand in their way.

On 16 November 2009 the bruised body of Sergei Magnitsky was found on the floor of a prison cell. The 37-year-old accountant and lawyer had been detained for nearly a year over accusations of tax evasion. His real crime was exposing a $230 million theft from the Russian treasury by officials linked to a criminal gang.

Presenting evidence

The first part of the hearing presents evidence on the Magnitsky case. The hearing will also present similar cases from Central Asia and Azerbaijan and discuss how democratic states should deal with these issues. Key questions are: How can the states protect human rights defenders and whistle-blowers? How do Magnitsky sanctions work? How can Norway establish such sanctions?

Background: “The story that did not go away”

Sign up before 15 November by email to nhc@nhc.no

The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing
Photo: Nobel Peace Centre

Venue: Nobel Peace Centre, Brynjulf Bulls Plass 1 (Rådhusplassen), Oslo

Time: 22 November 2017, 08:30-19:00. 

The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing is free of charge to attend and is open to all who has signed up. 

The Russian Teatr.doc performs a play about the Magnitsky case, “One hour and 18 minutes”.

For more information, contact Øystein Solvang, head of communications at solvang@nhc.no

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