“Technical issues” (in other words, away from home and struggling with technology, connections etc…) but here anyway is what I have.
23 NOVEMBER 2022
THE LATIN AMERICA TO ASIA WILDLIFE TRADE
On 23 November, the Wilson Center issued this report which explores the role of China and other Asian countries in the Latin American wildlife trade and trafficking.
REVEALED: TORY PEER MICHELLE MONE SECRETLY RECEIVED £29 MILLION FROM ‘VIP LANE’ PPE FIRM
On 23 November, the Guardian provided an update into the story involving allegations that Mone and her children secretly received £29 million originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to UK ministers.
OFAC SANCTIONS IRANIAN OFFICIALS CONNECTED TO THE CONTINUED PROTEST CRACKDOWN
On 23 November, OFAC announced that it was designating 3 Iranian security officials for the Iranian regime’s continued crackdown on ongoing protests throughout the country, including most recently in Kurdish areas.
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ASSET MANAGEMENT, STATE PENSION AND SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS ARE PASSIVELY INVESTED IN COMPANIES WHICH HAVE ALLEGEDLY BEEN INVOLVED IN THE REPRESSION OF UYGHUR MUSLIMS
On 20 November, the Financial Times reported that a new report shows how leading asset managers and pension funds are exposed to index funds that include companies accused of being complicit in rights violations.
IKEA SUPPLIERS ALLEGEDLY USED BELARUS PRISONERS UNDER FORCED LABOUR CONDITIONS
On 18 November, CNN reported that a new report claims that IKEA furniture was allegedly produced by prisoners in Belarus penal colonies under forced labour conditions.
UKRAINE FA HEAD ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING OVER ARTIFICIAL GRASS FACTORY
On 23 November, the Guardian reported that Andriy Pavelko, head of Ukraine’s football association, who served on Fifa’s disciplinary body until 2020, has been accused of fraud and money laundering related to the construction of an artificial grass factory.
CANADA: PROBE BRINGS DOWN NATIONAL MONEY LAUNDERING GROUP AND “UNDERGROUND BANK” WITH 7 ARRESTED
On 23 November, CBC reported that a nationwide money laundering organisation that allegedly serviced the largest criminal groups in Canada was brought down following a complex, 3-year investigation that began in Calgary.
AUSTRALIA: ING BANK HAS VOWED TO FIX ITS AML/CFT SYSTEMS AFTER AUSTRAC FOUND FLAWS IN THE LENDER’S COMPLIANCE
On 23 November, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that AUSTRAC has said it accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from ING’s Australian business, and the lender would ensure ING beefed up its reporting of suspicious transactions, its risk assessments, and its program for complying AML/CTF laws.