Every year on 9 December, activists around the world take to the streets to protest against corruption.
Through demonstrations, concerts, human chains, talks and exhibitions, they strive to make people aware that they have the power to stop corruption.
– José Ugaz, Chair, Transparency International
– Elena Panfilova, Vice-Chair, Transparency International
– Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director, Transparency International
Celebrations around the world
Here are just a few of the activities happening on Anti-Corruption Day 2014. You can follow events around the world via social media using the #breakthechain hashtag:
- Transparency International will launch a Declaration against Corruption.
- In Bangladesh, in the run-up to 9 December, students formed a human chain around the University of Dhaka calling on the government to fight corruption (pictured above).
- In Palestine, our chapter will present its 2014 Integrity Award.
- In South Africa, activists will release an anti-corruption song to expresses the exasperation that many people feel about the high levels of corruption there.
- NGOs will call on European Union finance ministers to include rules on beneficial ownership when they meet in Brussels.
Corruption highlights and low points of 2014
29 January – Brazil passes an anti-corruption law targeted at firms who use bribes.
22 February – Protests topple the corrupt regime of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine.
20 March – Turkey bans Twitter amid a corruption scandal and protests.
23 April – Greece passes legislation protecting whistleblowers who denounce big corruption cases.
14 May – A Chinese investigation accuses pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline of bribing hospital officials, later in the year it fines the firm US$490 million.
5 June – G7 meeting in Brussels commits to fighting tax evasion and money laundering.
25 July – China launches a “fox hunt” targeting corrupt officials who have gone abroad to avoid prosecution.
15 August – At a US-Africa summit, leaders from across the African continent pledge to tackle corruption.
10 September – A UN General Assembly resolution on future sustainable development goals includes a goal aiming for “justice for all” and accountable institutions.
26 October – Tunisia holds its first free democratic parliamentary elections, with election monitors watching every step,
16 November – The G20 passes High Level Principles targeting the issue of beneficial ownership.
3 December – Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 shows rising corruption in emerging economies and highlights the need for global action to stop money laundering that enables the corrupt to get away with it.
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