18 Oct 2011

Anti-Corruption Draft Law Passed by Cabinet

Kuwait’s Government passed yesterday an Anti-Corruption draft law that will now be sent to the head of state and the Parliament. The draft includes provisions on crimes such as financial disclosure, money laundering, manipulation of public contracting procedures and bribery, among others. The bill foresees the creation of an independent anti-corruption body. The measure follows […]
18 Oct 2011

Report Shows Alarming Picture of Corruption in Iraq

The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) published yesterday a report about the political situation in Iraq in recent years. The assessment shows that, although the current government has managed to reduce violence in the country, it has contributed to increased and widespread corruption. According to the document, public services are characterized by deep-rooted corruption and […]
18 Oct 2011

17 Traffic Police Officers Arrested on Corruption Charges

A special operation conducted by the Sofia City Prosecutor’s office arrested today 17 traffic police officers accused of corruption and of operating an organized crime group. The operation resulted from several months of investigation. According to a report by Bulgarian National Televesion, the investigation started after a large number of complaints against traffic police officers […]
18 Oct 2011

International Right to Know Day Celebrated Today

Freedom of Information activists around the world celebrate today the International Right to Know Day (logo pictured here). The date was first established in 2003 by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network, as a way to promote and raise awareness about citizens’ right to information. An article by Andrea Figari posted on Transparency International’s blog […]
18 Oct 2011

New Anti-Corruption Campaign Launched in Beirut

The Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) (logo pictured here) and Transparency International (TI) launched a new anti-corruption campaign at an event at the Press Federation in Beirut yesterday. The campaign, entitled Time to Wake Up, is a global initiative by TI and will be piloted in Lebanon and other four countries. The objective of the campaign […]
18 Oct 2011

Corruption Is Main Concern in World Cup Preparations

The 2014 World Cup, to take place in Brazil, is already expected to be the most expensive in history, with estimated costs of $13 billion. For brazilian public prosecutors and anti-corruption watchdogs, however, this amount is likely to be even higher, as preparations for the event show a trend of overspending and potential misuse of […]
18 Oct 2011

Bill Criminalizing Corruption Accusations Is Stalled

After demonstrations in Amman, Jordan’s Parliament has decided to postpone the discussion of a bill that criminalizes corruption allegations. The bill has already been endorsed by the Lower House and was expected to pass today at a meeting in the Senate. The bill raised much criticism from the media, lawyers and the opposition because of […]
18 Oct 2011

Former Pm Sanader Appears in Court

Ivo Sanader (pictured here), Croatia’s former Prime Minister, appeared in court today to hear a confirmation of his indictment, a necessary step for the judges to proceed and formally start his trial on corruption charges. He is accused of abuse of office when he was deputy foreign minister in 1995. Mr. Sanader allegedly received around […]
20 Sep 2011

Institute for Security Studies Releases Conflict of Interest Database

The Institute for Security Studies (logo pictured here) launched last Friday (August 5th) the Who Owns What Database, which includes information on South African public office holders’ financial interests outside their public occupations. According to Collette Schulz-Herzenberg, a senior researcher at the institute, the majority of Cabinet Members and Members of Parliament have financial interests […]
20 Sep 2011

Opposition Leader Accused of Corruption

Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been accused by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of acquiring wealth exceeding her disclosed income. According to the ACC, Ms. Zia has purchased land for a charity institution with resources that are not accounted for by her known sources of income. In Ms. Zia’s defense opposition members have argued […]
20 Sep 2011

Former President Barred from Travelling Due to Corruption Investigation

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (pictured here) has been barred from travelling abroad by the current government due to corruption accusations against her. Her name shall remain in the immigration watch list for 60 days, but this period may be extended later. Arroyo is currently a member of Congress and is accused of illegally […]
20 Sep 2011

Towards Transparency Releases Youth Integrity Report

The organization Towards Transparency, currently the official contact of Transparency International in Vietnam, released today the report Youth Integrity in Vietnam, which reveals the results of the Youth Integrity Survey carried out in the country in 2010. The survey questioned 1,022 young individuals between 15 and 30 years of age across 11 urban and rural […]
20 Sep 2011

Deputy Tourism Minister Arrested for Corruption

Brazilian Deputy Tourism Minister, Frederico Silva da Costa (pictured here), has been arrested this Tuesday in a large operation by the Federal Police that detained 37 other ministry officials. The arrests took place in Brasilia, São Paulo and Macapá. According to the police, the government officials are investigated for awarding contracts at inflated prices to […]
20 Sep 2011

Medvedev Orders More Transparency in Secret Services

President Dmitry Medvedev (pictured here) has ordered Russian secret services to increase transparency about their work through online disclosures on their activities, anti-corruption efforts and also on incomes and assets of officials and their family members. The decree issued this Wednesday includes 19 government agencies as subject to the new regulation, among which the Federal […]
20 Sep 2011

Bárta Seeks Support to Keep Immunity

Vít Bárta (pictured here), MP from the Public Affairs (VV) party under investigation for payments to fellow party members, has been articulating support among other MPs to avoid losing his parliamentary immunity, which would allow the corruption case against him to turn effectively into a prosecution. The Police’s request to the Chamber of Deputies for […]
20 Sep 2011

Officials Banned for Match-Fixing

FIFA has banned six match officials for life, three of them from Bosnia-Herzegovina and the others from Hungary, for corruption and influencing match results. The offenses took place in the matches Bolivia-Latvia and Estonia-Bulgaria, played in Turkey last February. Football authorities received complaints by officials from the four national teams, after unusual betting patterns were […]
20 Sep 2011

New Phone Application to Target Corruption

Hervé Djia, a 24-year-old Cameroonian, has decided to use technology in favor of reducing corruption in his country. He has developed the mobile phone application NoBakchich (meaning no more bribes), which aims at curbing corruption in public administrative services. The application, to be formally launched in August, is currently being tested by 20 business people […]
20 Sep 2011

Transparency Rwanda Releases Study on Gender-Based Corruption

Transparency Rwanda has released today a report on gender-based corruption in Rwandan workplaces. It reveals that, despite significant progress in fighting corruption and promoting gender equality, gender-based corruption remains a relevant issue in the country. According to the survey results, 5% of respondents were themselves victims of gender-based corruption in workplaces, and almost 20% know […]
20 Sep 2011

Png Planning Department Under Investigation

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill (pictured here) has launched an investigation regarding allegations of misapplication of development funds in the National Planning and Monitoring Deparment. The investigation was motivated by data revealing that earlier this year the department issued payments that reached over AU$ 820 million in less than three months. A team of public servants […]
20 Sep 2011

Indonesia’s Progress in Fighting Corruption

Indonesia has shown some signs of progress in the fight against corruption in the last years. During a recent visit by Prof. Robert Klitgaard to the country, for instance, he met several policy makers, civil society leaders and business people, and the general perception that emerged from the participants was that there has been significant […]
20 Sep 2011

Waziri Calls for Collective Action Against Corruption

Farida Waziri (pictured here), Chairmain of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, highlighted the need for collective action in the fight against corruption in the country, while she spoke at a lecture entitled Good Governance: Leadership and Accountability as Imperatives, in the capital Lagos. According to Ms. Waziri, the Commission has already accomplished […]
20 Sep 2011

Local Coal Official Convicted for Corruption

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television reported that the head of the Pu county coal office, Hao Pengjun, was sentenced by a local court to 20 years of prison and 260 million yuan in fines for illegal coal mining and tax evasion. According to other reports, Hao accumulated positions associated with the control of coal […]
20 Sep 2011

Government Forms Anti-Corruption Committee

After announcing it last April, the Czech government is composing the Committee for Coordination of the Fight Against Corruption, which will be integrated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Interior, Local Development, Transport, Finances and Defense, and headed by Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake (pictured here). The Committee will be in charge of assessing […]
20 Sep 2011

New Measures Against Police Corruption

General Wilson Alulema, Ecuador’s Police Chief, declared that all 42,000 police officers in the country will take lie detector tests as a measure against corruption in the force. Additionally, officers will have to declare their assets. These measures come as part of the Correa administration’s efforts to modernize the police, after massive demonstrations last September. […]
20 Sep 2011

Anti-Corruption Campaigner Arrested

Anna Hazare (pictured here), the anti-corruption activist that has been leading a popular movement in favor of a stricter anti-graft law in India, was arrested this Tuesday. After the arrest was made public, thousands of his supporters protested in Delhi and about 1,300 were also detained by the police. Hazare had declared that he intended […]