Showing posts from August, 2015

[ap-intact] INFO: Malaysia's masses protest against corruption

The big rally in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, organised by Bersih—an electoral reform group angered by allegations of corruption in government—was a calm and joyful affair.

Read the story in The Economist.

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Conflicting Philippine identities and the fight against corruption

"Alienation on both sides of the economic divide, and the inability of Filipinos of different classes to relate to one another, have had deleterious effects on progress in [anti-corruption efforts], and it is important that Philippine policymakers take into account the limits imposed by socioeconomic disparities when considering possible strategies to tackle corruption."

Read the post by Beatriz Paterno, in Global Anticorruption Blog.

[ap-intact] INFO: Australian Federal Police launch crackdown on foreign bribery by corporates

The Australian Federal Police's new Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre says it is ramping up investigations on foreign bribery, a warning to Australian companies with foreign operations that they need to get their house in order.

Read the story in The National Law Review.

[ap-intact] INFO: Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (29 August 2015) -- Tonga, Palau, Solomon Islands, PNG

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh of the joint UNDP-UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project for sharing these updates.] Tonga: Corruption concern. Youth in Tonga are laying out the groundwork for youth groups in the Pacific and Fiji to effectively participate in the war against corruption through their KOSH CRY campaign. Palau: Palau Ombudsman seeks clearer powers, more independence. The Office of the Ombudsman in Palau has drafted a proposed law that seeks to empower the Office of the Ombudsman and to give it more independence in pursuing its mandate. Solomon Islands: New allegations cast doubts over Skyline Investment here. Allegations of fraud has emerged, casting serious doubts over the credibility and genuineness of an Asian company that has offered to invest millions of dollar in tourism and real estate projects here. http://www.solomon…

[ap-intact] INFO: Foreign countries view Malaysia as anti-corruption role model

Malaysia is seen as a role model on anti-corruption, according to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy commissioner on prevention Datuk Mustafar Ali, who said many countries, including developed nations, look up to Malaysia's anti-corruption model as "best practices".

Read the story by Joseph Kaos, Jr., in The Star Online.

[ap-intact] INFO: Indonesian president urged to tackle weakening of Judicial Commission

Anti-graft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch and the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation are calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to tackle ongoing attempts to weaken the Judicial Commission (KY) by stopping legal attacks on two KY commissioners.

Read the story in The Jakarta Post.

[ap-intact] INFO: New Anti-Money Laundering Law takes effect in Laos

Law No. 49/NA on Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism (“AML Law”), issued on 21 July 2014, took effect on 24 February 2015 in Laos.

Read the article by Fred Burke, in Global Compliance News.

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Police Probe Ashley Madison Suicide Link (Aug 25, 2015)

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Police Probe Ashley Madison Suicide Link (Aug 25, 2015).By Samuel Rubenfeld.

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: As China’s economy cools, a hot debate on graft

Critics contend that China’s anti-corruption campaign has helped to slow the economy, but the evidence points to honest governance as better for growth, if integrity in officials can be promoted.

Read the Christian Science Monitor editorial, in Yahoo News.

[ap-intact] INFO: ADB learning events focus on governance, public service reforms

External Support for Decentralization Reforms and Local Governance Systems in the Asia-Pacific: Better Performance, Higher Impact?- 25-27 August 2015

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Decentralization and Local Governance (DeLoG)—a network of 28 bilateral and multilateral development partners who work together to improve aid and development effectiveness in decentralization and local governance reforms—are holding this learning eventto focus on reform processes and their results in ADB's developing members (especially countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, and the Philippines).

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Innovations in Public Services – Doing Things Differently- 24 August 2015

The ADB Governance Thematic Group partnered with GIZ’s Sector Network Governance Asia  in organizing…

[ap-intact] INFO: No job security for corruption whistle-blowers, says Maldives anti-corruption body

Government employees in the Maldives are reluctant to report corruption due to fear of being fired, a study by the Anti-Corruption Commission has shown.

Read the story by Fazeena Ahmed, in Haveeru Online.

Daily Corruption News from Transparency International (25 August 2015)

25 August 2015 Today's top story Canada:Real estate bought with offshore cash raises money laundering concerns
A report prepared for Canada's anti-money laundering watchdog points to offshore cash in the real estate sector as a "significant risk" for criminal wrongdoing.
More news Australia: More women on sports boards would reduce corruption, doping, says researcher
The Canberra Times
Indonesia:Graft suspects, ex-convicts named official candidates for local elections
The Jakarta Post
Kosovo: Kosovo PM defends son for being paid to fix government car
Mexico: Mexicans are outraged, but not surprised, at the corruption scandal that's rocking their president's office
Vice News
Slovakia:State proposes anti-corruption courses for health workers
The Slovak Spectator
US:Sen. Menendez bribery case heats up with new justice filing
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Ethical Alliance Daily News (25 August 2015)


WSJ - Corruption Currents: Guatemalan President Rejects Calls to Resign (24 August 2015)

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Guatemalan President Rejects Calls to Resign (24 August 2015). By Samuel Rubenfeld.

[ap-intact] INFO: Court chief’s arrest exposes Cambodia’s selective justice

The former head of the Municipal Court in Phnom Penh was arrested and charged with embezzlement after Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit accused him of confiscating an Audi SUV from a convicted drug trafficker and giving it to his son.

Read the story by Alexandra Demetrianova, in Asian Correspondent.

[ap-intact] INFO: Canadian university to teach ‘long overdue’ course on anti-corruption

The University of Victoria Faculty of Law will introduce its first law course on global corruption to commence in September 2015.

Read the story in Canadian Lawyer.

[ap-intact] INFO: Bangladesh anti-corruption agency limited to investigating only corruption, bribery

The Bangladesh cabinet gave final approval to the draft of the Money Laundering Prevention (Amendment) Act-2015, which limits the Anti-Corruption Commission's authority to investigate only corruption and bribery related cases, leaving the investigation of all other offences including cheating, forgery, illegal arms trade, drugs trade, and abduction to other agencies like the police, the customs department, and the Department of Narcotics Control.

Read the story in The Daily Star.

[ap-intact] INFO: Where The Bribes Are -- An Interactive FCPA Map

An international company specializing in anti-corruption due diligence has developed an interactive global "FCPA Map" displaying all the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (1977) cases by country, industry, and links to information on the outcome of each case.

See the interactive map here:

[ap-intact] INFO: Sri Lanka construction trade wants action against procurement corruption

Sri Lanka’s construction industry has called for laws to ensure continuity of projects despite changes in government and at the same time to penalize state agencies which break procurement rules.

Read the story in Economy Next.

Daily Corruption News from Transparency International (21 Augusut 2015)

21 August 2015 Today's top story Iraq:Beyond terrorism, Iraq’s leader is struggling to fight corruption
The Washington Post
After five years of trying to get a job as a public school teacher, Saleh Ali paid a bribe of $4,300 to an official in Iraq’s Education Ministry to secure one. He says it was the only way.

More news Global:FIFA team targets match-fixing, "many" cases of corruption – source
Bolivia:Police raid Bolivian FA headquarters in corruption probe
Brazil:Denunciados por corrupción el presidente de Diputados y el expresidente Collor (President of Chamber of Deputies and ex-President Collor charged with corruption)
China:China expels brother of former senior official from Communist Party over graft

Ethical Alliance Daily News (21 August 2015)