Portugal Continues Refusal to Abolish Golden Visa Scheme

Portugal’s Parliament rejected on Friday an opposition-proposed bill to abolish the Golden Visa scheme,  continuing a policy which leaves Portugal and the rest of the European Union vulnerable to corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and organized crime.

US Approves $430 Million for Human Trafficking Fight

The US Congress approved on Tuesday an anti-human trafficking legislation which authorizes US$430 million to be spent over four years towards efforts to fight sex and labor trafficking both in the US and abroad.

Guatemala Expels UN Anti-Corruption Panel

The Guatemalan government said Monday it is withdrawing from a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission that has been investigating the country’s President Jimmy Morales and gave the body’s staff 24 hours to leave the country.

Iran Passes Anti-Money Laundering Bill

Despite objections by conservatives, Iran passed a long-awaited anti money laundering bill on Saturday, taking the country one step closer to accessing the international financial system.