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CALLING OUT PUBLIC OFFICIALS ON CORRUPTION: CODES OF CONDUCT

July 19, 2012
Transparency International
Whether for parliamentarians or public officials, codes of conduct help to build an atmosphere of ethics. For government officials, they offer a clear, concise frame of reference for an institution’s ethical principles in a single document. In July, the Chinese government outlawed all civil servants from using any state funds to purchase luxury goods. Increased checks-and-balances are expected to be put in place to monitor state monies used to buy vehicles, pay for receptions and travel internationally. In one province, a handbook has been circulated to all court employees about the importance of rejecting presents, favours and other gestures that could be called in later for a favourable verdict. In India, the recent passage of a code of conduct for public officials in Delhi has been used as a recourse to rein in political campaigning by standing members.