Weekly news – 27 July 2018

Publikováno: 27. července 2018

It’s been a tumultuous week in Pakistan, where elections on Wednesday were sadly marred by violence and allegations of fraud.

Former cricketer Imran Khan has become the country’s new prime minister, after defeating the incumbent Shebaz Sharif. Sharif is the brother of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister serving a 10-year jail term after one of the most significant corruption prosecutions in the country’s history.

Some claim that the charges against Sharif were politically motivated, and blame the same military and intelligence services that have been accused of meddling in this week’s election.

But while senior politicians usually make the headlines, it is Pakistan’s most vulnerable that continue to feel the greatest impact of corruption.

According to the latest edition of our Global Corruption Barometer, sixty four per cent of bribe payers in Pakistan are poor.

After utility companies, the police and courts in Pakistan have the highest percentage of users paying bribes. Those with fewer options and less power struggle to avoid paying bribes when dealing with these institutions.

Only 33 per cent of people interviewed in Pakistan agree that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption. This is the lowest score in all the countries surveyed in the Asia Pacific region.

In order to restore citizen’s trust, Mr Khan will have to grapple with corruption at all levels.

Opportunities

Last call for the Fair Play competition!

Fair Play is a global competition for original songs by young bands (ages between 18 to 35). Bands are invited to submit their anti-corruption music videos online until 1 August 2018. They must be related to the theme of corruption.

Two bands will be selected to perform in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Fair Play live concert that will take place on 23 October 2018 at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)!

Registration for the 18th IACC is open!

Registration is now open for the upcoming International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which will take place from 22-24 October in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We are delighted to offer discounted Early Bird rates until 10 September 2018. Participation is limited – so secure yours and register as soon as possible!

 

Source: Transparency International

Only 33 per cent of people interviewed in Pakistan agree that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption. This is the lowest score in all the countries surveyed in the Asia Pacific region.