NEWS

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

The Corruption Research Group at the University of Surrey

The Corruption Research Group at the University of Surrey (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/corruption  ) announces a Call for Papers: Civil Society Organizations Fighting Corruption: Theory and Practice. If interested please respond to this call for papers by writing directly to Professor Indira Carr at imcarr@btinternet.com [field_txt_news_link]

First Corruption Perception Survey in Timor-Leste

The Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) launched the first ever-national survey on corruption perception in Timor-Leste. The survey captures a broad picture of how Timorese society undertands the nature of corruption and the avenues to tackle it. [field_txt_news_link]

Small Group of Lawyers Launches Big Battle Against Corruption

Sherpa lawyers said they uncovered a multitude of assets in France, including 112 bank accounts linked to the ruling family of the Republic of Congo, 39 luxury properties linked to the family of Omar Bongo, the former president of Gabon, and a mansion and fleet of luxury cars worth over $6 million linked to the family of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. [field_txt_news_link]

Integrity Watch Afghanistan

February 2012 Newsletter [field_txt_news_link]

South Sudan Anti-corruption Commission Issues Assets Declaration Forms in Jonglei

The South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) has released forms in Jonglei state, asking government officials to declare their assets within the next two weeks. This is the South Sudan government’s latest attempt to stem corruption, which is widespread in seven month old country. [field_txt_news_link]

Sierra Leone ACC to Investigate Agricultural Ministry

The Anti Corruption Commission will soon mount rigid investigation into the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security for deliberately wasting donor funds meant to boost the small Holder Commercialization Programme. [field_txt_news_link]

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission Probes Abuse of Farming Inputs

At least seven GMB officials were arrested recently in Matabeleland region following the looting of 30 tonnes of agricultural inputs and 81 tonnes of processed grain in Bulawayo and Binga. [field_txt_news_link]

Indonesia KPK: Lawmakers Defend the Rights of Corruptors

A coalition of lawmakers is circulating a petition challenging a government policy not to reduce the prison sentences of corruption convicts. [field_txt_news_link]

Bollywood Finds New Muse in Anti-Graft Protests

A hapless bank clerk who makes an enemy of a local politician and has to bribe himself out of jail seems like an unlikely theme for Bollywood, known around the world for its dance numbers and family melodramas. Yet the industry is now taking up corruption and clean government in a host of new films, inspired by anti-graft protests that have found resonance with India's middle-class and laid bare the angst of the common man. [field_txt_news_link]

GRECO Calls on the Austria to Ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on the Austria to ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, to fully implement it, and to swiftly and substantially improve legislation on political funding. [field_txt_news_link]

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