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Niger: Demonstrations Against MP Bonuses

(Mar. 5, 2009) A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay “huge salary bonuses” to the national treasury. The groups contend that the bonuses, self-awarded by the Members of Parliament, are […]

United Kingdom: Alleged Corruption in House of Lords Brings Calls for Tougher Sanctions

(Feb. 2, 2009) Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader of the House of Lords has said that the House should be given stronger powers to […]

Bangladesh; United States: DOJ Files Forfeiture Action Against Arafat Rahman

(Jan. 27, 2009) On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as “Coco” or “Koko,” the son of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia. He is alleged to have taken bribe in connection with […]

Switzerland: Court Rules on Marcos Assets

(Jan. 15, 2009) On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the funds is the Presidential Commission on Good Government of the Philippines (PCGG). The deposits amount to […]

Thailand: Former Prime Minister Found Guilty

(Oct. 28, 2008) Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in absentia, as Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in the United Kingdom. It is likely that Thailand will […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Prohibits Nepotism in All Three Branches of Government

(Sept. 16, 2008) On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Súmula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the National Council of Justice (CNJ), a judicial agency responsible for the administrative and financial control of […]

Indonesia: Supreme Court Investigated for Corruption

(July 2, 2008) Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, including an account in the name of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Bagir Manan. […]

Israel: Whistleblowers’; Protection

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect workers who report violations of the law and ethics, by strengthening appropriate civil and criminal enforcement […]

Uganda: Anti Corruption Policy Under Criticism

(June 2, 2008) The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its “go slow policies” in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government “for failing to punish officials linked to graft-related scandals,” even with the improvements in laws, regulations, and institutions enabling the […]

Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister’s Son Implicated in Corruption

(May 2, 2008) In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, for allegedly amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about his assets. The ACC has also charged […]