(April 6, 2004) A Freedom House study released today finds that pervasive corruption and weak judicial systems are major impediments to the development of democracy in transitional societies.
(April 1, 2004) Strengthened procedures to minimise the risk of bribery and corruption on business deals supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) will come into force on 1 May 2004.
(March 31, 2004) There has been a sea change in the international legal system now. Some 35 countries have acceded to the OECD Convention Against Corruption, which means that those firms now cannot bribe abroad with impunity in places like Africa.
(March 25, 2004) In a landmark money-laundering trial in a U.S. court, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko stands accused of using U.S. banks to launder at least $114 million in money stolen from the Ukraine. Lazarenko insists the proceeds were earned legally and that he is being persecuted for having mounted a political challenge to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma ahead of a 1999 election.
(March 25, 2004) Pressure is growing on newly-elected Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to appoint people to his Cabinet who are corruption-free.
(March 24, 2004) New prime minister promises to end the corruption endemic in the eastern Caribbean nation.
(March 23, 2004) The United Nations is awaiting reply from the Iraqi Governing Council on allegations of corruption in the UN-run oil-for-food humanitarian operation, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.
(March 18, 2004) South Africa: Public Service and Administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has appealed to the international community to join hands in fighting the cancer of corruption worldwide.
(March 12, 2004) Speaking at a national anticorruption conference, President Leonid Kuchma called for an effective policy to end “the virus of corruption” and pledged to implement a “tough and truly effective policy against corruption.”
(March 8, 2004) Out of a plethora of corruption scandals what may hopefully be evolving is a more open and representative society, with transparency in governance and public servants who are actually governed by rules of law and held responsible for their actions.
(March 4, 2004) “The fundamental problem of our country – corruption – hasn’t been solved. . . . As long as there is corruption, we can’t get ahead.” – Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
(March 4, 2004) According to an enquiry conducted by Political & Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd, a well-known Hong Kong consulting group, Indonesia, India and Vietnam are considered the three most corrupt countries in Asia.
(March 1, 2004) Thousands of Aboriginal workers whose wages were paid into official trust funds and never returned have been compared to Nazi slave labourers in a secret government document.
(January 27, 2004) The President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, called for a corruption-free public life for achieving the dream of making India a developed nation by 2020.
(January 15, 2004) Beijing’s graft-busting efforts barely scratch the surface.