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From: Ethical Alliance Daily News (29 June 2016)

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World: Governments Ignoring Corruption in Arms Sales, Report Says
Jun 29, 2016 08:00 pm
A new report highlights the growing levels of corruption in military procurement contracts involving unaccountable middlemen or agents, who are employed by corporations to secure defense contracts. National government’s that “turn a blind eye” to the destructive impact of their […]
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Whitepaper: Responsible Business Conduct – Understanding Human Rights Due Diligence
Jun 29, 2016 07:30 pmRead our recently launched whitepaper which explains how human rights due diligence has emerged as a critical driver in demonstrating responsible business conduct; also detailing guidance from leading global frameworks on integrating human rights due diligence within existing compliance processes to prevent and mitigate human rights violations.
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United States: Investors seek ruling against Petrobras in corruption lawsuit
Jun 29, 2016 07:00 pmInvestors suing Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras to…

From: Transparency International - Daily Corruption News (29 June 2016)

29 June 2016
Today's top story Luxembourg:“LuxLeaks” accountants given suspended prison sentences
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A Luxembourg court on Wednesday handed out suspended sentences to the two former accounting firm employees who leaked data about Luxembourg's tax deals with large corporations, which gained prominence in the so-called "LuxLeaks" affair.

More news Argentina: Stolbizer: “El matrimonio Kirchner era la cabeza de un Sistema de corrupción” (Stolbizer: Kirchner couple were the head of a corruption system)
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Brazil: Investors seek ruling against Petrobras in corruption lawsuit
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Egypt: Egypt’s anti-graft tsar now public enemy No 1
News24
Malaysia: Malaysian ex-PM claims former party ‘bought votes’ in recent polls
Asian Correspondent
US: Supreme Court ruling will make it harder t…

Australian cases / Thai public-speaking / Myanmar watchlist

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INFO: Five cases an Australian federal anti-corruption body might have investigated. An aggressive, well-funded federal anti-corruption commission could pursue corruption that escapes the notice of the state-based anti-corruption commission, or the patchwork of other enforcement agencies, which are mostly under-resourced.

Royce Miller/Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/five-cases-federal-anticorruption-body-might-have-investigated-20160623-gpq3be.html
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INFO: Thai public-speaking competition on corruption.  Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) held a public speaking competition for high school students on the topic of corruption, in order to instill consciousness towards eliminating corruption.

Thai Visa News: http://news.thaivisa.co…

From: Ethical Alliance Daily News (27 June 2016)

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United States: Corruption Case Casts Harsh Light on NYPD Handgun Permits
Jun 27, 2016 08:00 pm
A corruption probe at the New York Police Department has cast a harsh light on how people get handgun permits in a city that boasts some of the nation’s toughest gun laws. Federal prosecutors say a shady fixer’s cash bribes […]
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Australia: Corruption and crime syndicates threaten Australia’s border security
Jun 27, 2016 07:30 pmCrime syndicates and people smugglers are involved in widespread rorting of Australia’s work and student visa programs, according to whistleblowers and a former top immigration official. The claims come as the immigration department is facing more than 100 allegations of corruption, including […]
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United States: Bharara on the lookout for NYC corruption
Jun 27, 2016 07:00 pmManhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara publicly put Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo on notice Sunday that he’s actively searching for evidence of corruption in their branches of gov…

WSJ: Corruption Currents: Ericcson Meets Investors Amid Bribery Probe (27 June 2016)

WSJ: Corruption Currents: Ericcson Meets Investors Amid Bribery Probe (27 June 2016). By Samuel Rubenfeld. http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2016/06/27/corruption-currents-ericcson-meets-investors-amid-bribery-probe/

Korea opposition party / Sri Lanka courts / Bangladesh RTI

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INFO: Korea opposition party to propose bill to fight defense corruption.  The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea plans to propose a bill by next week aimed at treating corruption in the defense industry as a criminal act benefiting the enemy, a lawmaker said.

Kim Hyo-jin/The Korea Times: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/06/116_206367.html


INFO: Sri Lanka needs special courts to try corrupts, says minister.  Sri Lanka needs special courts to expedite trials of graft cases involving former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's aides who were allegedly indulged in mass- scale corruption, a senior minister has said.

PTI/Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/sri-lanka-needs-special-courts-to-try-corrupts-minister-116061200364_1.html


INFO: Lessons in right-to-information from Ba…

Mongolia mining / China hosting / Macau tightens

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INFO: Corruption risk assessment in Mongolia’s mining sector.  The mining sector plays an important role in the Mongolian economy, and therefore it is critical that the sector be transparent, accountable and corruption-free.

UNDP in Mongolia: http://www.mn.undp.org/content/mongolia/en/home/library/democratic_governance/CorruptionRiskAssessmentinMiningSectorofMongolia.html


INFO: China to host anti-corruption conference for OECD.  China says it will host a roundtable conference on anti-corruption efforts with the ­Organisation for Economic Co­operation and Development (OECD) later this year, and push for collaboration on the issue at the upcoming G20 summit.

Catherine Wong/South China Morning Post: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1969318/china-host-anti-corruption-conference-oecd


INFO: Macau anti-mo…

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Anti-Doping Watchdogs Suspend Rio Drug-Testing Lab (24 June 2016)

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Anti-Doping Watchdogs Suspend Rio Drug-Testing Lab (24 June 2016). By Samuel Rubenfeld. http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2016/06/24/corruption-currents-anti-doping-watchdogs-suspend-rio-drug-testing-lab/

Myanmar curse / China judicial interpretation / NGO corruption – part 2

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COMMENTARY: Corruption - our curse (Eleven Myanmar editorial).  “Myanmar was ranked 147 out of 168 countries in the 2015 Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. In Asean, Myanmar is the second worst to Cambodia. The country's corruption needs to be addressed with great care amid its reform process. “

Eleven Myanmar: http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/editorial/corruption-our-curse


COMMENTARY: China Law Update - Judicial Interpretation on Corruption and Bribery Crimes.  “On April 18, 2016, the Chinese Supreme People's Court and the Chinese Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly issued the Interpretation of Several Issues concerning the Application of Law in Handling Criminal Cases related to Corruption and Bribery (the “Judicial Interpretation”)… This Judicial Interpretation is important in that …

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (24 June 2016) – Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, PNG, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands

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From the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with support from the Australian Government. Updates shared by Annika Wythes, Mihaela Stojkoska, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh.
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TUVALU: Court jails former PM.  For the first time in Tuvalu’s 38 years as an independent nation, a former prime minister currently sitting as an opposition member-of-parliament has been convicted and jailed on corruption and abuse of office charges. http://www.islandsbusiness.com/ibi/2012/item/1539-tuvalu-court-jails-former-pm MARSHALL ISLANDS: Call for accountability over poisoned fish.  A Marshall Islands Senator says there needs to be accountability for the contamination of fish around Kwajalein Atoll that …

Nepal e-procurement / Thailand complaints / No match

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PUBLICATION: Instituting e-Government Procurement in Nepal.  The new e-Government procurement system of Nepal eases the access of national and international bidders to procurement opportunities; reduces turnaround time across the public procurement cycle and improves process efficiency overall; facilitates regulatory compliance and effective auditing; increases transparency and minimizes collusion and intimidation; helps verify and monitor bid capacity from centralized supplier/contractor/consultant profiles; and promotes monitoring, analysis, and effective decision making from aggregated procurement information. Asian Development Bank: http://www.adb.org/publications/instituting-e-government-procurement-nepal?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alerts
INFO: New Thai centre for foreign invest…

Fine-tuning / Sri Lanka threats / Bangladesh amendment

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COMMENTARY: Fine-Tuning Anticorruption Initiatives to Decrease Their Chilling Effect.  “Aggressive anticorruption crackdowns may have an important indirect cost: they may have a chilling effect on legitimate, socially beneficial behavior, such as public and private investment in economically productive activities.” Nathan Sandals/Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2016/06/10/chill-out-fine-tuning-anticorruption-initiatives-to-decrease-their-chilling-effect/
INFO: Sri Lanka corruption probe hit by threats from officials, says PM.  Sri Lanka's ongoing anti-corruption drive has been hit by a threat of non-cooperation from public officials, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament. Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/lanka-corruption-prob…