Weekly news – 12 April 2018
The global campaign for a more just world doesn’t progress evenly, as we’ve seen again this week.
- In Lima, Peru, the fight against corruption is taking centre stage at the Summit of the Americas, with activists urging leaders to adopt policy recommendations and honour political commitments. With even highly publicised corruption cases in the region stagnating, greater leadership and action is required. So, it is promising at least that the central theme of the summit is “Democratic Governance against Corruption”.
- Meanwhile in Hungary, Viktor Orbán won a third termin office in a landslide election. It’s no secret that Orbán’s inner circle could be getting rich from EU-funded public contracts and that he has put pressure on NGOs operating in Hungary.
- Orbán recently signalled that he could use his new political mandate to continue his crackdown on civil society organisations. In fact, Orbán’s proposed “Stop Soros” law, which could be approved as early as May, could debilitate CSOs in the country – including our chapter there.
- We are deeply concerned. And in Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev ‘won’ a fourth term in office in an election that has been harshly criticised by international observers. Last year, the Azerbaijani Laundromat investigation revealed how part of a US$2.9billion slush fund from Baku allegedly went towards paying off European election observers in the country. This time, at least, few are under any illusions.
This week, presidents, prime ministers and other senior government officials from across North and South America are gathering in Lima, Peru for the eighth Summit of the Americas. The hot topic? How governments can combat corruption at the highest levels throughout the region.
Will the US finally tackle anonymous shell companies? Join us in Washington on Thursday for a discussion of what we’ve learned since the Panama Papers and the launch of our new report on Beneficial Ownership Transparency in G20 countries.
Monday, 16 April, 2018 marks six months since Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s most prominent investigative journalist, was assassinated in a car bomb outside her home. Daphne exposed corruption in the highest level of government. For decades she refused to give up her reporting, despite facing several threats, harassment attacks and 47 libel lawsuits. On 16 April, people will be gathering to mark these six months in six European cities.
Heads of Government spend a lot of time in glitzy international summits. This year will see the UN General Assembly and the G7, G20 and ASEAN Summits as usual. But 2018 will also see the Commonwealth, BRICS, Euro, and Nato Summits too. Here’s our guide for Heads of Government on how to host, make and attend international summits.
Journalists for Transparency
Congratulations to our Journalists 4 Transparency team migration Laura Jayne Dixon, Selase Kove-Seyram, Andrea Ar Di, Sally Hayden, Pedro Noel, Mauro Pimentel whose excellent investigations have been selected for the One World Media Awards for refugee reporting!
Besides high-level plenary debates, the 18th IACC in Copenhagen will feature around 35 thought-provoking workshops related to and inspired by the umbrella conference theme Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act.
Workshop proposals are welcome until midnight Pacific Daylight Time on the 15th April 2018 – Apply here!
Apply today for the Transparency School 2018 and spend an insightful week with anti-corruption enthusiasts from all over the world! The Transparency School will take place from 2 – 8 July 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania and is open to senior students, graduates and young professionals under the age of 35. Scholarships are available!
Source: Transparency International
It’s no secret that Orbán’s inner circle could be getting rich from EU-funded public contracts and that he has put pressure on NGOs operating in Hungary.