In 2020, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) launched Assassination Witness, a multifaceted programme that encompasses the flagship campaign and book, Faces of Assassination, and the Global Assassination Monitor database. The GI-TOC’s work on assassinations shows the human cost of organized crime, and fills the knowledge gap on contract killings and the role played by organized crime in the assassinations phenomenon as well as its impacts on democracy, governance and rule of law
The aim of this programme is to draw public attention to the fact that, across the world, assassinations are used as a means of criminal governance and how many who stand up for the truth, transparency and public integrity face grave threats of violence. The project aims to provide a better evidence base and to inform multilateral policymakers on the ways in which assassinations are used strategically by criminal actors and corrupt networks, calling on the international community to provide better responses to assassinations, and to strengthen community resilience to this crime. The project is founded on four main pillars:
- Monitoring global assassinations.
- Facilitating a better policy response.
- Strengthening community resilience and building partnerships.