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Our top 5 anti-corruption news stories – March 2020

Our top 5 anti-corruption news stories – March 2020
  1. Corruption and the coronavirus in Latin America. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect more and more countries, thirteen Transparency International chapters across Latin America published guidance that will help governments in the region stop critical emergency funds being lost to corruption.- Transparency International

 

  1. 25 Essential anti-corruption provisions to include in the covid-19 US response. Transparency International U.S. called on Congress to ensure that government contracts go toward fighting the virus and are not stolen or misappropriated by corrupt actors. The non-for profit organization invited Congress to adopt anti-corruption provisions that guard against serious conflicts of interest. Among the policies outlined is the requirement that contracts not go to businesses owned or controlled by government decision-makers. In addition, to prevent con artists from fraudulently obtaining funds, Congress should require the disclosure of the true owners of every company with whom the U.S. government enters into a contract.- Transparency International
  1. Corruption and the coronavirus. Extraordinary times, like the one we are experiencing now as a result of covid-19, tend to expose cracks in our health systems, highlighting potential risks and opportunities for corruption – corruption that may undermine the response to the pandemic and deprive people of health care.- Transparency International
  1. GRECO calls for more integrity in Croatian government. The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published its fifth round evaluation report on Croatia dealing with preventing corruption in government (top executive functions) and the police.- Council of Europe
  1. Saudi Arabia mass corruption arrests. Saudi Arabia’s new mass arrest of 298 government employees on suspicion of corruption raises human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said. Saudi authorities should immediately reveal the legal and evidentiary basis for each person’s detention and make certain that each person detained can exercise their due process rights.- Human Rights Watch

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