Curbing bribery in the Yemeni police force
Issued by Yemeni Team for Transparency & Integrity
The Yemeni Team for Transparency & Integrity (YTTI) followed closely President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi’s speech to the Police Academy’s graduates where he talked about the country’s deteriorating security situation noting the worsening rates of bribery in police stations.
YTTI welcomes the president’s stance and strongly calls upon the Interior Minister to meaningfully implement tangible steps towards fighting bribery which is considered to be one of the worst forms of corruption in the Interior Ministry. Corruption breaks down the trust between the citizens and the state as well as adversely affecting the economy.
Fighting corruption is a national priority. We believe that for citizens to feel real change then bribe taking has to be curbed alongside administrative and political reforms that must take place.
YTTI led a campaign called ‘Keep your money clean’ last year as part of its efforts to actively combat bribery in police stations and other interior ministry services such as passport offices in the capital Sanaa. Police, as a public institution, was identified as one of the worst performing sectors where Yemenis felt police were corrupt according to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer in 2013.
Yemen performed worst across the Middle East and North Africa and third worst globally alongside Liberia and Sierra Leone where Yemenis were routinely forced to pay bribes to police.
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