NEWS

This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

UN expert urges more transparency on military expenditure

Countries need to increase transparency on military expenditure. This was the message of the UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order at a consultation in Brussels on 15 May 2014. Present at the meeting were senior representatives of several organisations including NATO and Transparency International. "There is a general lack of transparency with regard to military budgets worldwide," said the Independent Expert, Alfred de Zayas. "Governments are reluctant to come forward with detailed information and statistics on military expenditures. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption: Economic Analysis and International Law -New Book by Marco Arnone and Leonardo S. Borlini

Although corruption has affected human society since its very birth with different intensity over time, it is not confined to any particular geographic region, country, social or political system or culture. Recently there has been widespread international determination to effectively curb such crime. [field_txt_news_link]

South African President to Take Anticorruption Watchdog to Court

South Africa's government on Thursday said it would file a court case against the anticorruption watchdog, which has accused President Jacob Zuma of overlooking $23 million in state misspending at his private home. Members of Mr. Zuma's cabinet said in a statement Thursday that the report released by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in March is "irrational, contradictory and...informed by material errors of law." They said they would ask for a "judicial review" by South Africa's High Court of their assertion that Ms. Madonsela's report violated a constitutional seperation of powers clause. [field_txt_news_link]

Announcing a new anti-corruption research center

The Columbia Law School in partnership with the New York City Department of Investigation is launching the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI), a new research center at CAPI dedicated to supporting public integrity professionals worldwide by gathering useful tools and resources, bridging the gap between scholars and practitioners, and creating opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing.   [field_txt_news_link]

Kuwait Parliament Accepts MP Resignations in Graft Row

Kuwait's parliament on Thursday accepted the resignations of five MPs who quit because the pro-government chamber refused to question the prime minister about allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem declared the five seats vacant after separate votes on each of the MPs following a lengthy debate. An overwhelming majority of MPs and cabinet ministers approved the resignations. [field_txt_news_link]

Liberia: Governance code signed into law

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law the Code of Conduct, which seeks to refine the conduct of members of the three branches of government, namely the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. The code of conduct forbids sexual harassment at work places, corruption and misuse of public office and bribery and compels all appointed officials of government to declare their assets upon taking over their offices, among others. [field_txt_news_link]

Indonesian agency identifies new suspects in high-level graft probe

A graft scandal involving top officials of Indonesia's oil ministry widened, with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) identifying the head of parliament's energy committee and a company executive as suspects in the case. The KPK added the two suspects to its investigation of the former head of energy regulator SKKMigas, who was sentenced to seven years in prison last month for accepting more than $1 million in bribes. [field_txt_news_link]

Unified property registration in China to curb corruption

Experts praised the Chinese government's recently pledged unified real property registration policy, saying it will help fight corruption. The central government established a government agency to supervise real property registration. According to officials, the primary purpose of the unified registration system is not to tackle corruption or curb home prices per se but experts say it will be a deterrent and help uncover corrupt officials. [field_txt_news_link]

Survey finds Singapore among top nations penalising corrupt officials

More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe that corrupt government officials in the city-state will not be able to get away with their crimes, according to a recent survey. The survey by the Washington-based World Justice Project (WJP) showed that 73 per cent of Singaporeans believe that offenders, who misuse public funds, would be held accountable. This placed Singapore at fifth out of 10 countries where the corrupt are strictly punished. [field_txt_news_link]

Ukraine, EBRD Sign Anti-Corruption Initiative

Ukraine's government has launched an anti-corruption initiative with international organizations, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, one of the signatories of the agreement, said Monday. The Ukraine Anti-corruption Initiative aims to improve the country's investment climate and to strengthen its economic outlook by ensuring greater accountability and transparency, as well as a more effective of rule of law. [field_txt_news_link]

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