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Corruption is one of the greast problems problems facing developing the countries all over the world. From a human rights perspective, corruption is one of the greatest obstacles in fulfilling a state's obligation to protect and promote human rights. Corrupt political systems deny the fundamental right to democratic participation. Corrupt judicial systems not only violate the basic right to equality before the law but deny procedural rights guaranteed by international hr conventions. Corruption in public administration endangers the right to life, as when it causes funds to be diverted from medical care to private pockets or when it allows for the manufacture of defective and dangerous products or buildings.

Generalized corruption, specially at the higher levels, rob a people of their wealth and leads to grave violations to economic rights, it destroyes economies and condemns peoples to unemployment and hunger. It also leads to social unrest, which can sometimes turn violent.


Documents | Reports & Articles | Bodies | NGOs | Links



  • United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
    Adopted by the UN General Assembly by resolution 58/4 of 31 October 2003
  • Draft Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Global Programme against Corruption
    Outline for Action - PDF


  • Inter-American Convention Against Corruption
  • OAS Documents on Corruption


  • Criminal Law Convention on Corruption
    Council of Europe
  • Civil Law Convention on Corruption
    Council of Europe
  • Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

  • Reports & Articles

  • UN treaty against transnational organized crime enters into force.
    UN News Service, New York, 29Sep03
  • Global Corruption ReportTransparency International
  • UNDP Documents on Corruption
  • Anti-corruption Toolkit
  • US State Dept. Reports on Corruption

  • Bodies

  • Global Programme Against Corruption
  • The Inter-American Anti-Corruption Network
  • Groups of States Against Corruption
    (GRECO), Council of Europe
  • OECD Anti-Corruption Division
  • World Bank Anticorruption Knowledge Center
  • Centre for International Crime Prevention
  • Programme against corruption and organised crime in South-eastern Europe
    (PACO), Council of Europe

  • NGOs

  • Transparency International

  • Links

  • Anti-corruption & Good Governance Resources - USAID
  • Links to International Anti-Corruption Initiatives - OAS
  • Fighting Corruption - US State Dpt.
  • Economic & Social Rights

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