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China's Companies Most at Risk for Corruption, Says Transparency International
Friday, 01 November 2013 , Written by « Dexter Roberts »   

17 October 2013

 

Maybe Xi Jinping is on to something. Early this year, China’s president vowed to “fight corruption at every level, punish every corrupt official, and eradicate the soil that breeds corruption.” Neither high-level officials or “tigers” nor low-ranking “flies” would be spared, Xi said on Jan. 22, reported the China Daily.

That was followed by an ongoing corruption crackdown that has netted senior officials, including Jiang Jiemin, the former head of China National Petroleum, one of China’s largest companies. Ji Jianye, the mayor of Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu province, was “placed under an internal disciplinary probe,” for “economic violations,” the Global Times reported on Oct. 17, citing news portal people.com.cn.

 

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Putin urges zero tolerance to corruption
Thursday, 31 October 2013 , Written by « RT »   

30 October 2013

The Russian President has said that anti-corruption behavior should be adopted throughout society and criticized present anti-corruption legislation as too soft.

Speaking at a session of the Anti-Corruption Council on Wednesday Vladimir Putin called on the members to be tougher when countering corruption in the courts and law enforcement bodies, saying that when it happened it gravely undermined society’s trust in the state in general.

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Uganda: Free Pass on High-Level Corruption
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 , Written by « Human Rights Watch »   

21 October 2013

 

(Kampala) – The government of Uganda has failed to hold to account senior officials implicated in the theft and diversion of public funds, Human Rights Watch and Yale Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic said in a joint report released today. No high-ranking government official, minister, or political appointee has ever served a prison sentence despite investigations into numerous corruption scandals over many years and an impressive array of anti-corruption institutions. Activists fighting corruption face arrest and criminal charges.

The 63-page report, “Letting the Big Fish Swim: Failure to Prosecute High-Level Corruption in Uganda,” documents Uganda’s failure to hold the highest members of its government accountable for large scale graft, despite repeated pledges to eradicate corruption and good technical work from investigators and prosecutors. The groups analyzed officials’ use of legal loopholes and laws that insulate political appointees from accountability to elude punishment. A lack of political will has crippled Uganda’s anti-corruption institutions, undermining their efforts through political interference, harassment, and threats.

 

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Rampant corruption, massive protests. Is Eastern Europe coming undone?
Monday, 28 October 2013 , Written by « Don Murray »   

24 October 2013

t's the "Wild East" of the European Union. Here nationalism, cronyism, anti-Semitism, anti-Roma racism and corruption — above all corruption — strut and dominate the public arena.

Where to begin?

Perhaps in the Czech Republic. They're holding parliamentary elections on the weekend. The reason? The Czech government collapsed because the prime minister, Petr Nečas, was forced to resign.

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Report: U.N. must work harder to reduce corruption
Friday, 11 October 2013 , Written by « The Associated Press »   

October 9, 2013

 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Transparency International said in a report Wednesday that the United Nations has failed to make tackling corruption in U.N. peacekeeping operations a priority, leading to cases of bribery, fraud, theft and exploitation of natural resources and resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars.

The anti-corruption watchdog urged the U.N. and its 193 member states to adopt new policies, rules and regulations that enable peacekeeping missions to help reduce corruption in countries in conflict and emerging from it — and to prevent and eliminate malfeasance by peacekeepers.

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