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Hazare Disbands Team Anna

A year after Anna Hazare’s 13-day fast galvanized India’s middle classes to mobilize against corruption—making “Team Anna” members such as Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal household names—the 74-year-old social activist has disbanded the team. [field_txt_news_link]

Malaysian Opposition Figure Arrested for Breaching Bank Law

A senior Malaysian opposition politician, who made a series of revelations on alleged government wrongdoing, was arrested for disclosing bank details related to a high-profile corruption case involving the family of a former minister. The charges against Rafizi Ramli, head of strategy for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat party, adds to a tense political atmosphere ahead of elections that must be held by early next year and which are expected to be closely fought. [field_txt_news_link]

Karzai Commits to Contract Transparency, But the Devil Is in the Details

In the face of growing public scepticism, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is taking new steps to ensure the country's natural resource wealth benefits its citizens. Following a 26 June speech to the national assembly, Karzai has recently issued a decree outlining the role of government ministries in ensuring a transparent and accountable system for mineral sector development. [field_txt_news_link]

OFFICIALS OF 30 AGENCIES CAUGHT IN CORRUPTION

A number of officials from more than 30 government agencies and state-funded organizations are being investigated for their alleged involvement in a large-scale corruption case. The organizations involved include the National Tax Service, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service. The officials allegedly received bribes from a printing company based in Seoul since 2000 in return for helping it win contracts worth some 84 billion won with their organizations. [field_txt_news_link]

CALLING OUT PUBLIC OFFICIALS ON CORRUPTION: CODES OF CONDUCT

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. [field_txt_news_link]

Town sets standard in spending transparency

While central government departments are busy releasing information about how many cars they maintain and how many overseas trips their officials made last year, a small town in Southwest China is setting an example by releasing details of every penny it spent. The government of Baimiao township, in the Bazhou district of Bazhong, a city in Sichuan province, has posted detailed information on its monthly expenditures on both its bulletin board and its website, www.bzbmx.gov.cn, since January 2010.  [field_txt_news_link]

Informed, Engaged And Empowered - Corruption Doesn't Stand A Chance

Transparency International  2011 annual report. [field_txt_news_link]

Speaker Disbands Parliament Energy Committee Over Graft Claims

Tanzania disbanded a parliamentary committee after some of its members were accused of corruption and potential conflict of interest over their alleged involvement in deals with the state-run power utility. National Assembly speaker Anne Makinda disbanded the energy and minerals committee, charged with overseeing the mining, oil and gas sectors. "I am disbanding this committee and have instructed the parliamentary ethics and privileges committee to draft a strict code of ethics for members of parliament," she told parliament. [field_txt_news_link]

UNODC Promotes Regional Mutual Legal Assistance Network

As crime becomes increasingly transnational in nature, national prosecution and law enforcement authorities are required to act cooperatively beyond their national borders. One of the most important legal tools enabling national authorities to counter transnational crime is Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA), which has been a focus of the UN through a series of recently developed legal conventions on crime. To explore MLA measures with Member States, UNODC Regional Centre of East Asia and the Pacific (RCEAP) organized a workshop in Bangkok, titled "Senior-level Workshop on Mutual Legal Assistance in East Asia and the Pacific". [field_txt_news_link]

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