In the years the Global Initiative has spent documenting and researching the criminal ecosystem, we have seen that, increasingly, criminal groups around the world are targeting those whom we can broadly categorize as civil society – people who choose to make social justice and the promotion of equality their life’s work.
Such individuals are being assassinated because theirs are goals and aspirations and missions that confront and challenge the power, authority and local legitimacy of criminal interests the world over.
This book assembles 50 profiles of those who have been assassinated by criminal groups since the start of the millennium. It is a compilation of men and women who have been murdered because they – like the examples given above – confronted, weakened or threatened criminal groups.
The publication is a springboard for a project that will continue to increase public awareness of the assassination of civil-society figures by the forces of organized crime worldwide and ensure the sacrifice made by those who are lost to targeted killings is never forgotten.
Can we help each other?
Our aim is to draw public attention to the fact that, across the world, those who stand up for transparency and seek to maintain public integrity are facing a grave threat of violence.
It is essential that we work to support civil society, activists, journalists and others who may be at risk.
Read the #AssassinationWitness partnership flyer:
From June 15th, the book will be downloadable at assassination.globalinitiative.net
If you want to find out more, you can request an embargoed copy of the e-book below.
Following the launch, we will accept requests to receive a paperback version of the book, through the dedicated form on assassination.globalinitiative.net
Emails will be sent to our dedicated distribution list, covering both pre-launch and post-launch moments, featuring progress and important updates of the #AssassinationWitness campaign.
By subscribing to the dedicated newsletter, you'll receive regular updates about the campaign's progress and news on how to get involved, as well as a way to participate in our launch event on June 15th.
During the development of the book, as well as during our previous researches on criminal assassinations, we reviewed several documents and researches, involving different research teams.
Our aim is to curate selected resources into a open resource library that will be available on the project's page. These resources will be continually updated over time.
Pre-prepared tweets for the document launch
You are encouraged to share our campaign's contents on your social media channels.
Raising awareness of the number of assassinations globally exposes wider societal ills that bring about weaponized violence in the first place. @gi_toc #assassinationwitness www.assassination.globalinitiative.net
The global community must pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against #organizedcrime. @gi_toc #assassinationwitness www.assassination.globalinitiative.net
Brave men and women continue to confront #organizedcrime around the world. @gi_toc supports those who stand up for transparency and public integrity in the face of violence. #assassinationwitness www.assassination.globalinitiative.net
By shedding a spotlight on assassinations, @gi_toc will continue to monitor these killings to support investigations of cases and bring those responsible to justice. #assassinationwitness www.assassination.globalinitiative.net
The @gi_toc joins forces with other civil society organisations to raise awarenes of these killings and promote a driving force for positive change. #assassinationwitness www.assassination.globalinitiative.net