Weekly news – 2 November 2018
In Azerbaijan, voices critical of the President Aliyev’s regime are routinely gagged and suppressed.
But when politicians in Europe are suspected of taking bribes to help cover up his poor record on human rights – apparently the consequences aren’t exactly severe.
In the wake of the Azerbaijani Laundromat revelations, three Spanish politicians – Pedro Agramunt, Agustín Conde Bajén and Jordi Xuclá – were banned from the Council of Europe for suspiciously pro-Azerbaijan behaviour. Yet Spanish authorities have not opened criminal investigations, despite the well-documented existence of a €2.5 billion slush fund for laundering Azerbaijan’s image abroad.
This week, we’ve started a campaign to urge authorities in Spain to investigate these politicians, because no one involved in corruption should be above the law.
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News from Transparency International
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Photo: Shutterstock / Mehman Huseynov (2012). A protester is arrested by local police in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Any politician elected with a mission to clean up government must ensure that the most vulnerable people in their country are protected and given equal access to their rights; that the scourge of corruption is driven out and not replaced with systematic disadvantage based on race, ethnicity, gender, ideology, income or sexual orientation.
Transparency International urges authorities in Ukraine to act quickly to ensure that all those behind recent attacks against civil society activists are brought to justice.
Geneva Peace Week takes place next week, aiming to find solutions to violent conflict through peacebuilding and learning from history. On Wednesday, 7 November, Transparency International and the Law Society will hold an event at the UN Palais des Nations on the role of judges and lawyers in tackling corruption and building peaceful societies. Find out more and register here.
Source: Transparency International
This week, we've started a campaign to urge authorities in Spain to investigate these politicians, because no one involved in corruption should be above the law.