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CPI Asia Pacific / India electoral bond / Indonesia ex-party chairman

CPI 2019: Asia Pacific.  “A regional average of 45, after many consecutive years of an average score of 44, illustrates general stagnation across the Asia Pacific. Despite the presence of high performers like New Zealand (87), Singapore (85), Australia (77), Hong Kong (76) and Japan (73), the Asia Pacific region hasn’t witnessed substantial progress in anti-corruption efforts or results.”Transparency International: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/cpi_2019_Asia_PacificIndia’s New Electoral Bond Scheme Won’t Reduce Electoral Corruption. It Will Make the Problem Worse (Blog).  “…the reality is that India has enabled large-scale anonymous donations via shell companies in tax havens explicitly set up for this purpose. At a time when Western liberal democracies are grappling with the corrupting influence of big money in politics, India has just opened the floodgates, and done it in a way that shuts out any kind of oversight.”Inayat Sabhikhi/The Global Anticorruption Blog:   

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (25 January 2020): PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji

Storms brewing: Pacific outlook for 2020.  As a new decade dawns much of the Pacific is grappling with major upheavals from climate and health crises to political disruption and self-determination struggles. RNZ Pacific's Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at the state of play across the region's countries and territories and what's on the cards for 2020.https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/407554/storms-brewing-pacific-outlook-for-2020PNG:Human Rights Stagnate Under New Leadership in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape came to power last year with a promise to set straight the country’s troubled legacy of corruption, economic mismanagement and widespread human rights abuses, but progress remains slow according to a damning report released last week by Human Rights Watch. https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/human-rights-stagnate-under-new-leadership-in-papua-new-guinea/SOLOMON ISLANDS: Mangau: Janus still exists Acting Police Comm…

Japan casino bill / Open procurement FAQs / Malaysia Penang project

Japan opposition submits bill to scrap casino laws amid bribery scandal.  “Four major opposition parties introduced a bill to scrap laws on casino resorts to the Diet…“Casinos would be hotbeds of fraud and corruption,” a senior [Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan] official said.”The Japan Timeshttps://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/20/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-opposition-bill-scrap-casino-laws/#.Xigd68j7Tb0Five Frequently Asked Questions about Implementing Local Public Procurement Processes (Blog).  “…to make public contracting processes more open, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of people and to make data and documents in these procurement processes available to inform debate and decision making…governments can save tax money, make better use of public resources, deliver better public goods and services, boost integrity, and prevent fraud and corruption.”Katria Tomko/Open Government Partnership: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/stories/five-frequently-…

Thai inequality problems / Pakistan 2019 cases / Bhutan bill amendment

Thai inequality: What we should know (Opinion).  “The lack of social and political stability, the low quality of democracy, the flesh trade and human trafficking, crime, corruption ... you name it. These social evils are different manifestations of structural problems that share the same root cause -- inequality.”Somchai Jitsuchon/Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1840739/thai-inequality-what-we-should-knowNAB working hard to nab corrupt elements: chairman Javed Iqbal.  “[Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB)] chairman said due to NAB’s across the road actions against corrupt elements as compared to previous year 2018, NAB during 2019 received 463,845 complaints, disposed of 450,546 complaints and 13,299 complaints are under process which will be disposed of during 2020 on merit as per law.”Asim Yasin/The News: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/601450-nab-working-hard-to-nab-corrupt-elements-chairman-javed-iqbalAnti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill …

International relations corruption / Responsible business roadmap / Myanmar beneficial ownership

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Why Fighting Corruption Is Key in a ‘New Era of Great-Power Competition’ (Blog).  “Political systems plagued by graft are more susceptible to foreign malign influence because they incentivize leaders to accumulate power and wealth rather than advance broader national interests. Newer democracies and authoritarian governments are particularly vulnerable because their institutions are weak or have been captured by elites.”Patrick Quirk and Eguiar Lizundia/World Politics Review: https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28481/why-fighting-corruption-is-key-in-a-new-era-of-great-power-competitionA transparency roadmap to run a responsible business: four things that say you really mean it (Blog).  “This change in discourse towards more transparent, fairer and responsible business is a positive step; however, societies will need to see that corporations, including the partners of WEF Davos 2020, take clear actions and openly report on their progress against the commitments they ar…

Thailand anti-corruption committee / Philippines ex-police chief / Cambodia existential problem

Pareena’s appointment to anti-corruption committee met with criticism.  “The [Thai] government appointed MP Pareena Kraikupt to the parliament’s anti-corruption committee…a move that has been met with criticism by the opposition. Pareena is currently under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for alleged encroachment and illegal building on national park land.”Cod Satrusayang/Thai Enquirer: https://www.thaienquirer.com/6689/pareenas-appointment-to-anti-corruption-committee-met-with-criticism/Ex-police chief Oscar Albayalde, who oversaw Duterte’s drug war, to be charged for corruption in Philippines.  “The former chief police enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs will be charged with corruption for allegedly protecting officers linked to the narcotics trade, the justice department said”South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3046452/ex-police-chief-oscar-albayalde-who-oversaw-dute…

Professional-grassroots activism divide / Indonesia law challenge / 1MDB hurts Goldman Sachs

Bridging the Elite-Grassroots Divide Among Anticorruption Activists (Paper/Resource).  “As the field has become more professionalized, anticorruption nongovernment organizations (NGOs) have developed the legal and technical expertise to serve as excellent counterparts/watchdogs for government. Yet this strength can also be a hurdle when it comes to building credibility with the everyday people they seek to represent.”Abigail Bellows/Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/01/07/bridging-elite-grassroots-divide-among-anticorruption-activists-pub-80687Plaintiffs struggle to obtain evidence in attempt to challenge revised KPK Law.  “Lawyers representing a coalition of civil society groups that are challenging the controversial 2019 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law have complained about difficulties in securing evidence to support their petition for a judicial review of the recently enacted law…because they did not get access to the n…