On 4 November, France 24 reported that Honduran authorities had arrested presidential candidate Santos Rodriguez over accusations of money laundering related to drug-trafficking and homicide, including the murder of a DEA informant – less than a month ahead of presidential elections in which the main candidates all face accusations of either corruption or drug trafficking.
On 4 November, FATF-style regional body APG published the 6th follow-up report following the original mutual evaluation report of 2015. As is usual with such reports, technical compliance only is dealt with, and the report does not analyse any progress Sri Lanka has made to improve its effectiveness. In keeping with the APG procedures, any reported developments with effectiveness are only presented in summary form and are not subject to analysis. Following the 2015 MER, Sri Lanka was placed in expedited enhanced follow-up. The report notes that t Sri Lanka has taken steps to improve its technical compliance and as a result of this progress, Sri Lanka has been re-rated on Recommendation 32. However, insufficient progress has been made to justify a re-rating of 40. Sri Lanka now has 32 Recommendations rated C/LC. It will remain in enhanced followup, and will continue to report back to the APG on progress to strengthen its implementation of AML/CFT measures, with the 7th progress report due on 1 June 2022.
On 4 November, the Washington Post asked if, in light of the US addition of the NSO Group to its Entity List, will other nations make similar moves against makers of hacking tools? After all, it says, they’ve enabled an explosion in sophisticated digital spying by government and law enforcement agencies across the globe. The 4 companies are Israel’s NSO Group and Candiru, Russian security firm Positive Technologies, and Singapore-based Computer Security Initiative Consultancy.
On 3 November, the Wildlife Justice Commission published a report which says that analysis of research reveals that the majority of advertised wildlife products in China are legally permitted for sale. However, the prevalence of mammoth ivory found legally for sale raises concerns about perpetuating demand for elephant ivory products which is now illegal in China. The research looked at e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and 1688, concluding that measures taken by these platforms and by the Chinese government have helped curb online sales of illegal wildlife products. It explains that, as climate change drives the thawing of the Arctic permafrost, more woolly mammoth remains are being unearthed in Siberia; and that “mammoth hunting” has become the main source of income in more remote areas. It is said that the scale of the mammoth ivory trade documented in the research raises concerns as to whether mammoth ivory demand levels can be legally met while such measures are in place.
On 4 November, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published a set of updated guidance on the sectors intending to work, perform or tour in an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. There are rules, which may vary from one country to another, involving passports, equipment and tools of trade taken, driving and transportation, social security and tax issues.