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

Supreme Court Verdict Cancelling 122 Telecom Licenses Leaves Foreign Investors Shocked

The Supreme Court has cancelled 122 licenses awarded by former telecom minister A Raja, a ruling hailed by anti-corruption campaigners but one that left investors, banks and vendors fretting about the prospect of billions of dollars going down the drain. [field_txt_news_link]

Gijima Falls as Government Contract Probed: Johannesburg Mover

A South African computer-services company,  Gijima Group Ltd., fell the most in a month in Johannesburg trading after South Africa’s anti-corruption agency started a probe into a government contract. [field_txt_news_link]

Zanzibar Anti-Corruption Agency in Pipeline

Zanzibar government is introducing long-awaited legislation to create an independent, anti-corruption agency to fight corruption.  Some human rights activists have, for a long time, demanded to have the agency in place to address corruption practices allegedly prevailing in public offices. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-corruption Body Told to Take Action Against Uncooperative Agencies

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah issued a directive to all government agencies stressing the need for their cooperation in rooting out corruption and other malpractices. The king said there should be no exceptions in implementing an anti-graft campaign against anybody. [field_txt_news_link]

Regional Workshop on Judicial Integrity

On 26 and 27 January 2012 the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, gathered 132 participants, including Chief Justices, Justices, senior judges, academics and legal practitioners from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. The meeting was also attended by the Hon. Michael Kirby, Hon. Justice Rudolf Mellinghoff and Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama representing the Judicial Integrity Group. The workshop focused on international standards to uphold integrity in the justice sector, pursuant to Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct (ECOSOC Res. 2006/23), as well as mechanisms and institutions designed to provide for accountability and both internal and external oversight of the judiciary, including through the involvement of judicial commissions, anti-corruption bodies, and non-state actors such as the media and specialized NGOs. [field_txt_news_link]

Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy

The first issue of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy newsletter has just been published. [field_txt_news_link]

Vacancy Announcement

The Government of Afghanistan invited the international community to form an Afghan and International Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) to offer it policy advice and monitor and evaluate progress against specific benchmarks. The invitation from the Government of Afghanistan was welcomed by the international community gathered in the London Conference. In this context, four position related to MEC are open. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Research News

The Eight Issue of the Anti-Corruption Research News [field_txt_news_link]

South Asia: Corruption Plagues Daily Life

Transparency International released a new survey of six South Asian countries on December 22, 2011. The report, Daily Lives and Corruption, Public Opinion in South Asia, surveyed more than 7500 people between 2010 and 2011 in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The survey asks respondents whether they think corruption has increased and which institutions are considered most corrupt. It also asks if people have paid a bribe in the past 12 months, to whom and for what. [field_txt_news_link]

GRECO Bids Farewell to Its President - Drago KOS - And Elects a New President, Vice-President and Bureau

Drago KOS, GRECO’s President since 2002, left this important function on the day of election of a new President, Vice-President and Bureau at GRECO’s 53rd plenary meeting. [field_txt_news_link]