Weekly news – 7 September 2018

Publikováno: 7. září 2018

It’s been a disconcerting week in Guatemala. Last Friday, President Jimmy Morales revoked the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG), the UN-sponsored body charged with assisting national corruption investigations. On Tuesday, the government announced it had barred its head, Iván Velásquez, from entering the country.

This is a severe blow against good governance in Guatemala, a country suffering from endemic corruption. It follows a series of attempts by the president and his allies to intimidate anti-corruption activists and hinder the fight against corruption and impunity in the country.

It also comes after the Guatemalan Congress started preliminary hearings against President Morales over campaign financing irregularities, following last year’s investigation by CICIG. The Commission had also previously launched graft probes against members of the president’s family.

The Commission has had noteworthy successes prosecuting numerous high-level corruption cases, including bringing down the former president, and has been a model in how to fight corruption.

We believe it is vital for the good work of the Commission to continue. Our chapter in Guatemala submitted an appeal to the Constitutional Court to invalidate President Morales’ decree to prevent the return of Commissioner to the country, as well as his decision not to renew the Commission’s mandate.

You can read our press release condemning Morales‘ attempt to stop the anti-corruption fight here.

Transparency International will keep fighting for effective anti-corruption work to protect people and progress in Guatamala and throughout the world.

Ensuring that climate funds reach those in need

As climate change creates huge ecological and economic damage, more and more money is being given to at-risk countries to help them prevent it and adapt to its effects. But poorly governed climate finance can be diverted into private bank accounts and vanity projects, often leading to damaging effects.

Opportunities

Registration for the 18th IACC is open!

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

Remember: Early Bird rates are available until 10 September 2018. Participation is limited – so secure yours and register as soon as possible!

A global competition: Mini-grants for social entrepreneurs

Are you under 35 years old and motivated to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools, and projects to fight corruption? Then you might be interested in this global competition we are launching together with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Project pitches will be accepted until 15 September 2018!

 

Source: Transparency International

We believe it is vital for the good work of the Commission to continue. Our chapter in Guatemala submitted an appeal to the Constitutional Court to invalidate President Morales’ decree to prevent the return of Commissioner to the country, as well as his decision not to renew the Commission’s mandate.