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Corruption is becoming prevalent all over the world. Corruption hurts economies, people, and governments.
Take it or leave it, corruption is what some religious people should call the "original sin".
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Combating Corruption at Home and Abroad: A New Anti-Corruption Law in France

La Plume De Caryx February 13, 2017
On Friday 9 December 2016, the French National Assembly has passed the new French anti-corruption law No. 2016-1691 (known as Sapin II). The new law will fully enter into force on 1 June 2017. For many years France has had a large number of statutes aimed at fighting corruption and bribery. However, the new law introduces an expanded list of offences and imposes positive obligations on companies which fall under its provisions to take active steps to prevent committing bribery and corruption offences in France and abroad. Sapin II criminalises the acts of corruption, bribery, and influence peddling, and contains a list of ancillary offences, such as, favouritism in public procurement procedures, unfair representation of a company’s accounts and abuse of corporate assets. In addition to fighting bribery and corruption in France, the new law aims to prevent French companies (or nationals) from committing corruption offences abroad where they conduct business. It also capture offences committed by foreign companies operating in France. Sapin II also creates an obligation for companies and their senior management to prevent bribery and corruption by implementing internal anti-corruption programmes, employee trainings and risk management measures. The new anti-corruption provisions under Sapin II apply to French companies (including state-owned companies) with yearly revenue of more than €100 million provided they either have a minimum of 500 employees, or they form part of a corporate group (whose parent company is incorporated in France) which employs no less than 500 employees and have a yearly revenue of more than €100 million. Sapin II also apply to certain subsidiaries and affiliates of the above mentioned companies regardless of their place of incorporation subject to certain criteria. What is new about Sapin II? Sapin II imposes an obligation on large French companies to prevent bribery and corruption and requires such companies to implement effective internal compliance measures to achieve that. For example, companies to which Sapin II applies will have to put in place, among other things, an internal corporate code of conduct, employee disciplinary procedure, corruption risk assessment framework, a review of business partners and suppliers, whistleblowing mechanism and anti-corruption training for employees. This is in addition to internal accounting controls and checks to guarantee that the company’s accounts are not used to conceal corrupt conduct. Sapin II also creates a new French Anti-Corruption Authority (AFA). AFA has broad investigative and preventive powers which are wider than those given to the previous French Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC). The powers of the SCPC were limited to collecting information on corruption and communicating that information to the public prosecutor. It did not have any investigation powers. The AFA will work closely and support French legal authorities in enforcing anti-corruption law. It is authorised to issue guidelines to facilitate compliance with the obligations imposed by Sapin II. Such guidelines will encourage companies to adopt adequate internal procedures to prevent and deter corruption and ensure that they monitor their anti-bribery and corruption compliance programmes in a manner consistent with their risk exposure (e.g. industry and geographical risk profile). Sapin II imposes a financial penalty for non-compliance with its provisions. Decisions imposing penalties on companies which are found to be in breach of Sapin II will be published on the AFA’s website. Failure to comply with these decisions will amount to an administrative violation. It is worth noting that Sapin II does not provide for a compliance defence like the one, for example, available under Section 7 of the UK Bribery Act 2010. In addition, Sapin II allows for settlement agreements which are similar to the Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the US and the UK. Under such agreements criminal charges would be dropped by the French authorities in exchange for fines paid by the prosecuted company which will also be required to undertake compliance commitments monitored by the AFA for a period of no more than 3 years. These settlement agreements will not be registered in the company’s criminal record. However, it will be published on its website. Sapin II harmonises parts of the French anti-corruption regime with the anti-bribery and corruption laws in the U.K and the U.S especially in the area of extraterritorial enforcement. Companies subject to Sapin II will have to review their relevant compliance programmes and controls which may need to be upgraded in order to meet the new requirements imposed by Sapin II.

The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

Yahoo.com Dec. 18 2017
Corruption and economic turmoil often go hand-in-hand. In western nations, we often see corruption come to light as the result of whistleblowers or journalistic efforts. But in many other areas of the world, corruption plays a major role in fostering staggering poverty and broken economic systems. Often, this kneecaps a nation’s ability to function. In some countries, specific power structures and government architectures provide an easier means for corrupt officials to exploit the system. Many governments have their roots in constitutions written generations ago and have outgrown their current systems. Other countries simply lack a centralized power structure. How do you quantify corruption? Transparency International has managed to do it by developing a comprehensive list of the world’s most corrupt countries. The annual report ranks countries on a scale from 0 to 100, with zero being the most corrupt, and 100 being the least. Although not among the top fifteen countries listed by Tranparency International’s calculations and scale, the U.S. is doing quite well — but we’ll get to that. Here are the most corrupt nations in the world, as ranked by Transparency International’s 2015 report. Corruption Score 15: in Eritrea is getting worse. The country vaulted from No. 25 in 2013 to No. 10 in 2014, for example. Eritrea is located in Africa, bordering the Red Sea directly across from Saudi Arabia, bordering Djibouti to the south and Sudan to the north. Eritrea is a small and relatively poor country, with a GDP of only $3.44 billion, and a population of 6.3 million. Most of its issues stem from the recent influx of foreign investment and its single-party government. Corruption Score 14: Syria isn’t a country on Earth that is in worse shape than Syria right now. Syria has been in a state of civil war since the Arab Spring, and there’s no end in sight. It’s caused mass migrations to Europe and created issues in the United States as well. Russia and ISIS are involved, too. Needless to say, it’s a mess. President Bashar al-Assad is still holding on to power, and there’s really no indication as to how the country can get back on track. Corruption Score 13: Turkmenistan bordered by Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan lies in a virtual hotbed of corrupt states. With the constant turmoil all over the Middle East, it’s been very easy for the country to fall into corrupt affairs. Many concern the authoritarian presidential figure, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. The CIA’s file says the country is a secular democracy and presidential republic. But in practice, its government more closely resembles an authoritarian dictatorship. The country itself was founded as a result of the Soviet Union’s collapse and the resulting power struggle has left the nation highly corrupt and vulnerable to tomfoolery. Corruption Score 12: Yemen, like many other Middle Eastern countries, is muddled in conflict. It’s adjacent to Oman and Saudia Arabia and borders the Persian Gulf to the west. Given its location, it’s been swept up in many of the issues plaguing the Middle East. It’s undergoing its own civil war, as Syria is, with rival factions vying for control of the government. Corruption score: 17 : The problems in Haiti became quite clear in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2010. The quake killed more than 300,000 people, and the government’s inability to handle the aftermath became clear. Much of the corruption in the country stems from collusion among the rich and politicians. Corruption is still a serious issue, but things continue to improve. Corruption score 11: If you’ve never heard of Guinea-Bissau, you’re not alone. The country is located in western Africa Corruption score: 17 : Venezuela is a mess. Hugo Chavez, elected in 1998, caused a number of issues, and the nationalization of the country’s rich oil reserves created more. Money that was supposed to go to the people was instead being funneled to high-ranking government officials. Since then, things have deteriorated even more. The country’s currency is nearly worthless, and its economy is in serious trouble., between Guinea and Senegal. Guinea-Bissau is home to 1.7 million people, the vast majority of whom are relatively poor. Corruption is something of a national pastime, too. Since being founded in the early 1970s, no president has ever finished a term in office. The country is also a major hub for trafficking and organized crime. Corruption Score 16: current state of affairs in Iraq is fairly messy. After the second American invasion in 15 years, the pullout of U.S. forces has left Iraq a virtual power vacuum, with several different sects fighting for power over the embattled nation. Fighting is mostly concentrated between the Kurds, the Shiites and the Sunnis, but the arrival of ISIS from Syria is adding to the issues. Iraq’s vast wealth and natural resources have made it a target for all kinds of industry and war profiteers. And, unsurprisingly, corruption. Iraq has actually seen some economic growth as the country rebuilds itself, but there is also a lot of outside interference from American and European contracting companies, hired to rebuild infrastructure and tap into the country’s oil reserves. Corruption score: 16 Few nations have experienced as much turmoil over the past few years as Libya. The country’s government saw its downfall during a mass uprising and protest. That ultimately led to protestors parading around with the body of former president Muammar Gaddafi on the streets. The country’s fall was a part of the “Arab Spring.” Libya is still in a state of turmoil. No formal government has taken root, and fighting between rebels and those loyal to the old administration is still taking place. Due to the high levels of uncertainty, the country’s GDP contracted 9.4% during 2013, according to The World Bank. The power vacuum has left open a great opportunity for arms dealers and corrupt military higher-ups to take charge and profit. Corruption score: 15 Angola, located along southern Africa’s western coast, has jumped several spots on the Corruption Index in recent years. There are many forms that it takes, from the looting of state assets by government officials to widespread money laundering and embezzlement. Angola is rich with oil reserves, which attract a lot of attention. That makes it a corruption magnet. Also, it’s the worst place in the world to be a child. Corruption score: 15 South Sudan officially declared independence in 2011. That, following long-standing conflicts with its parent country, Sudan, which gained its independence in 1956. Between the mid-1950s and now, conflicts in the region have resulted in the deaths of as many as 2.5 million people, or so the CIA contends. South Sudan now stands as an independent republic, composed of 10 states. A nation still in its infancy, South Sudan does not have the traditional long-standing government structures in place that many others do. This has led to ripe opportunities for corrupt politicians to step in. The country remains mostly undeveloped, and its citizens participate in a largely subsistence-based economic system. One other issue is the lack of a sense of nationhood among the 200 or so distinct ethnic groups occupying the country. Corruption score: 12 Long-standing conflicts between competing factions and ethnic groups have destabilized Sudan’s ability to efficiently operate from an economic standpoint. The result has been devastating to many of the country’s citizens. South Sudan has also recently broken off from the rest of the country, taking with it vast oil reserves. CNN reports that Sudan’s GDP is expected to continue to contract due to South Sudan’s departure. Corruption score: 11 Afghanistan’s nickname is “the graveyard of empires,” and for good reason. The country has been loosely held together by a central government that largely lacks power, and has been carved up by numerous local tribal leaders and warlords. The country’s now-former president Hamid Karzai was notoriously corrupt — he’s been recently busted for taking bagfuls of money from the American military, among other things. Afghanistan is also home to an enormous amount of the world’s heroin production, which has brought lots of wealth to a lucky few. is ruled by the National Congress Party. The NCP came to power after a coup d’etat in 1989, and has not been able to successfully repair the nation’s issues. As a result of the prolonged instability, Sudan’s GDP has tanked since spiking in 2006. Corruption score: 8 The CIA lists North Korea’s government as a “communist state one-man dictatorship,” with an estimated GDP of $28 billion as of 2009. The inner workings of the North Korean government and economy are quite mysterious. While it does receive aid from countries like China, North Korea has had problems producing enough fuel and food to properly care for its citizens. Military spending far outweighs spending on social programs and aid, mostly to put on appearances for the rest of the world in their famous outbursts of saber-rattling. The country’s major issues can be traced back to a number of natural disasters and the collapse of the Soviet Union, as the land, people and equipment have all been “worn out” over the years, according to a CNN report. With little hope for change in the near future, North Korea is destined to remain one of the planet’s most corrupt and destitute nations. Corruption score: 8 Somalia may just be the most unstable country on the entire planet. The country has become infamous in the United States for piracy, and the Blackhawk Down incident. Somalia is being loosely held together by a central government. The reality, however, is that it’s being run by a number of competing clans and warlords. Life in Somalia is notoriously tough. On the economic front, many people make a living from raising livestock or farming, and others from fishing. Of course, with things remaining such a mess at the top of the power structure, any long-term planning for social programs and infrastructure is difficult. According to The World Bank, only 29% of the country’s population has been enrolled in school, and life expectancy is only 55 years. Both of these numbers rank well below most other countries and provide some insight into the internal strife the country is experiencing. Beyond these things, information on the inner workings of Somalia’s government and its economic system are scarce. That alone is rather telling, as corrupt officials may not want outsiders seeing the true picture of what’s going on inside the country’s borders.

Court unanimously ousts South Korea’s leader for corruption

The Salt Lake Tribune, Mar 10 2017 07:48 am (UPI) --

Seoul, South Korea • South Korea's Constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office in a unanimous ruling Friday over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an already-serious national divide. The decision capped a stunning fall for the country's first female leader, who rode a wave of lingering conservative nostalgia for her late dictator father to victory in 2012, only to see her presidency crumble as millions of furious protesters filled the nation's streets. Two people died during protests that followed the ruling. Police and hospital officials said about 30 protesters and police officers were injured in the violent clashes near the court, which prompted Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, the country's acting head of state, to plead for peace and urge Park's angry supporters to move on. The ruling allows possible criminal proceedings against the 65-year-old Park — prosecutors have already named her a criminal suspect — and makes her South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office since democracy replaced dictatorship in the late 1980s. It also deepens South Korea's political and security uncertainty as the country faces existential threats from North Korea, reported economic retaliation from a China furious about Seoul's cooperation with the U.S. on an anti-missile system, and questions in Seoul about the new Trump administration's commitment to the countries' security alliance. Park's "acts of violating the constitution and law are a betrayal of the public trust," acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said. "The benefits of protecting the constitution that can be earned by dismissing the defendant are overwhelmingly big. Hereupon, in a unanimous decision by the court panel, we issue a verdict: We dismiss the defendant, President Park Geun-hye." Lee accused Park of colluding with longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil to extort tens of millions of dollars from businesses and letting Choi, a private citizen, meddle in state affairs and receive and look at documents with state secrets. Those allegations were previously made by prosecutors, but Park has refused to undergo any questioning, citing a law that gives a sitting leader immunity from prosecution. It is not clear when prosecutors will try to interview her. Park won't vacate the presidential Blue House on Friday as her aides are preparing for her return to her private home in southern Seoul, according to the Blue House. Park has not made a public statement on her removal. Park's lawyer, Seo Seok-gu, who had previously compared Park's impeachment to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, called the verdict a "tragic decision" made under popular pressure and questioned the fairness of what he called a "kangaroo court." South Korea must now hold an election within two months to choose Park's successor. Liberal Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in the 2012 election, currently enjoys a comfortable lead in opinion surveys. Pre-verdict surveys showed that 70 to 80 percent of South Koreans wanted the court to approve Park's impeachment. But there have been worries that Park's ouster would further polarize the country and cause violence. Sensing history, thousands of people — both pro-Park supporters, many of them dressed in army-style fatigues and wearing red berets, and those who wanted Park gone — gathered around the Constitutional Court building and a huge public square in downtown Seoul. A big television screen was set up near the court so people could watch the verdict live. Hundreds of police were on hand, wearing helmets with visors and black, hard-plastic breastplates and shin guards. The streets near the court were lined with police buses and barricades. Some of Park's supporters reacted with anger after the ruling, shouting and hitting police officers and reporters with plastic flag poles and steel ladders, and climbing on police buses. Anti-Park protesters celebrated by marching in the streets near the presidential Blue House, carrying flags, signs and an effigy of Park dressed in prison clothes and tied up with rope. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said two people died while protesting Park's removal. An official from the Seoul National University Hospital said that a man in his 70s, believed to be a Park supporter, died from head wounds after falling from the top of a police bus. An official from the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul said another man brought from the pro-Park rally died shortly after receiving CPR at the hospital. The hospital official couldn't immediately confirm the cause of death. In a televised speech, Hwang said "there would be people who feel they cannot understand or accept (the court ruling), but it's now time to move on and end all conflict and standoff."

Romania Reverses Anti-Corruption Efforts

Freedom House, Feb. 1 2017 --

In response to Romania’s adoption of an emergency decree decriminalizing official misconduct and most acts of corruption, Freedom House issued the following statement: “This law represents a significant setback in Romania’s fight against corruption and undermines the government’s commitment to the rule of law and accountability of government officials,” said Robert Herman, vice-president for international programs. “We urge the Romanian government to repeal this decision and instead strengthen anti-corruption efforts, as its citizens are demanding.” Background: Late on January 31, the Romanian government adopted an emergency decree that decriminalizes official misconduct and allegations of graft involving less than $48,000. While the government justified the measure as a way to prevent prison overcrowding, critics say the ruling party is seeking to protect its members currently on trial for corruption offenses or already convicted, including the leader of the Socialist Party and Speaker of the Parliament Liviu Dragnea. Since the government’s plan to adopt the decree became known two weeks ago, thousands of people gathered throughout the country in some of the largest protests since the fall of communism in 1989. Romania is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and receives a democracy score of 3.46, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2016.

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