In many parts of the world, assassinations have become a daily occurrence. Data collected by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime shows that at least 2,700 people were victims of contract killings between 2019 and 2020 in 84 countries. Many of which were members of civil society.

In this podcast we bear witness to the victims of organized crime by looking at why certain individuals or groups of individuals are at risk of assassination, and what can be done to prevent it.

When a contract killing is committed it is up to the authorities to find out who is responsible. Not only the person who pulled the trigger, but also the person who ordered the assassination. How do law enforcement investigate this? From crime scene to the ultimate mastermind behind the attack.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International and former UN Special Rapporteur in Extrajudicial Killing

Steve Carmody, the head of investigation of the Wildlife Justice Commission

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

In this episode Ana explores how we respond to the assassination of politicians, and what needs to change to make sure that politicians cannot be murdered with impunity.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Romain Le-Cour Grandmaison, Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Gemma Dipoppa, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University, United States.

Antônio Sampaio, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

When most politicians are elected to office, public criticism is the worst they will face. But for some politicians, they become targets for assassination. In this episode of The Ripple Effect, Ana explores why this is the case, why politicians are at risk of assassination and the role of organized crime.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Romain Le-Cour Grandmaison, Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Gemma Dipoppa, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University, United States.

Antônio Sampaio, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Additional Links:

Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

In this episode of The Ripple Effect, Ana looks at the practical steps that can be taken to protect environmentalists from the many threats they face. She also explores alternative approaches governments and corporations can take to make sure environmentalists and indigenous voices are heard.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Maiara Folly, Co-founder and Programme Director at Plataforma CIPÓ - Twitter

Billy Kyte, Independent Consultant on Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building, and member of the GI network of experts - Twitter

Rachel Cox, Senior Campaigner and Investigations at Global Witness - Twitter

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**Update** The Guardian - Brazilian police name alleged ‘mastermind’ behind murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

In this episode, we guide you through the struggles environmentalists face. These people are on the frontline of the climate crisis, yet they face imminent threats from other powerful forces. Who stands to gain from the attacks on environmentalists?

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Judy Pasimio, Coordinator for LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights).

Liliana Jauregui, Senior Expert Environmental Justice from IUCN.

Rachel Cox, Campaigner and Investigations at Global Witness.

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Welcome to The Ripple Effect from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

Following on from the last episodes, we look at how we can protect human rights defenders against violence.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Roxanna Althoz, Human Rights Lawyer, who was part of the international investigation into the murder of the indigenous environmentalist campaigner, Berta Cáceres in Honduras in 2016.

Michelle Foley, HRD Memorial Project Coordinator, Frontline Defenders

Juan Pappier, Senior Researcher for Americas at Human Rights Watch

Maureen Meyer, Vice President for Programs at the Washington Office on Latin America.

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Bloomberg - Did the Avocado Cartels kill Mexico 'Butterfly King'?

Welcome to The Ripple Effect from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

In this episode we look at the threat against human rights defenders. What makes these brave individuals a target for assassination?

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Michelle Foley, HRD Memorial Project Coordinator, Frontline Defenders

Juan Pappier, Senior Researcher for Americas at Human Rights Watch

Maureen Meyer, Vice President for Programs at the Washington Office on Latin America.

Additional Links:

Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Bloomberg - Did the Avocado Cartels kill Mexico 'Butterfly King'?

Welcome to The Ripple Effect from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

In this episode we look at how civil society can mobilize itself to fight against impunity, and reduce harm to journalists and other civil society actors.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Andrew Caruana Galizia – co-founder of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and son of journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia

Guilherme Canela Godoi – who is currently heading the global unit on freedom of expression and safety of journalists at UNESCO

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Welcome to The Ripple Effect from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

In this episode, we explore the reasons why journalists are vulnerable to killings by organized crime.

HOST: Ana Paula Oliveira, GITOC

INTERVIEWEE(S):

Guilherme Canela Godoi – who is currently heading the global unit on freedom of expression and safety of journalists at UNESCO

Frank Smyth, the Senior Advisor for journalist security at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Pauline Adès-Mével – Editor-in-chief / Spokeswoman at Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

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Global Assassination Monitor

Faces of Assassination

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime presents The Ripple Effect.

In this podcast we bear witness to the victims of organized crime.

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