Category: IACC News

Is Panama Responsible for the Panama Papers?

Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, lamented the fact that the Panama Papers scandal has tarnished his country’s image during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference. But Varela also said that Panama is not the one to be blamed for that, as the whole world is… Read more »

Brazilian “Car Wash” Prosecutors Threaten to Resign over Amendments to Corruption Law

On Saturday morning, Brazilian federal prosecutors from the Car Wash Task Force threatened to resign if the Brazilian Senate and President Michel Temer approved a bill that would compromise the independence of judges and prosecutors. The announcement was made by Deltan Dallagnon, lead prosecutor of the Lava Jato operation, during a ceremony in which Transparency… Read more »

Nine things to know about human trafficking

Human trafficking is defined in the UN Trafficking Protocol as “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation.” A plenary at the ongoing 17th IACC in Panama focused… Read more »

Panama will not publicly disclose data of companies registered there

The government of Panama will not make public the data of individuals who have shell companies and trusts registered in Panama or by Panamanian accountants, lawyers and bankers, according to Mr. Gian Castillero, an advisor to the government of Panama on international financial services. Information on individuals who have shell companies in Panama will only… Read more »

Corruption in state-owned enterprises is a global menace

State-owned enterprises are considered vital to many developed and developing countries; however, both corruption and bribery continue to plague many of them, despite welcome changes adopted by countries towards addressing these issues. Jermyn Brooks, Chair of the Business Principles Steering Committee of Transparency International, acknowledges that corruption in state-owned enterprises is not a unique problem… Read more »

#17IACC day 2 highlights – tweets and pics

Our YJ studio today. #17IACC #PanamaPapers @IACCseries pic.twitter.com/4PqmDKUDsq — Rajneesh Bhandari (@RajneeshB) December 2, 2016 There’s an absence of political will & legal action against human #trafficking partially explained by #corruption #17IACC #Panama — Kamilia Lahrichi (@KamiliaLahrichi) December 2, 2016 @selasekove #17IACC fellow covering human #trafficking for @anticorruption #Panama #IACC pic.twitter.com/JY4wwvSPL1 — Kamilia Lahrichi (@KamiliaLahrichi)… Read more »

Panama Government Responds to #FreeOkkeOrnstein Demonstration

In an official statement released Thursday afternoon, the Panamanian government responded to a protest that took place on the first day of the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference during President Juan Carlos Varela’s opening speech. The protesters who conducted the demonstration demanded the release of Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, who is charged with criminal libel in… Read more »

The people are angry, and voting in protest; Chayes, Eigen, Lessig, and Shetty Speak on “Equity”

People are angrier than ever about corruption but feel that governments and organisations are failing to do enough about it, according to experts speaking at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama. From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump in the United States, participants in the ‘Time for Equity’ session said that people are… Read more »

Whistleblower protection and freedom of speech critical in fight against corruption and human rights abuses

With ongoing crackdowns on freedom of expression around the world, free speech advocates met to discuss the connection between corruption and human rights at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama City, Panama. First to speak at the morning panel, Miranda Brown spoke about her experience as a whistleblower at the Office of the High… Read more »

Sextortion: the silenced side of corruption

In February of this year, a deportation officer of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency was indicted for extorting immigrants for cash and sexual favors. Arnaldo Echevarria promised two undocumented women “working papers” in exchange for sex, eventually impregnating one of them. This is just one example of the many cases of… Read more »

Consequences of the Panama Papers: Good for accountability, bad for journalist safety

Eight months after the Panama Papers were published, the impacts of the leaks are still reverberating – both for those implicated in the revelations, and for the journalists who reported them. In fact, on the very day that the 17th annual International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) opened in Panama City, Europol revealed that almost 3,500 of… Read more »

#17IACC day 1 highlights – tweets and pics

“We left our egos behind,” @MarinaWalkerG talks about media solidarity and radical sharing inspired by trust on the #panamapapers at #17IACC pic.twitter.com/qksGKFLVuM — Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) December 1, 2016 3 consequences of the #PanamaPapers? – one has to be one of my all time favorite gifs: #17IACC pic.twitter.com/28XmgcNlRM — Mariana (@msosacordero) December 1, 2016… Read more »

In era of mistrust, panelists say it’s “Time for Justice”

From the election of Donald Trump in the United States, to Brexit and the vote against the Colombian Peace Agreement, citizens around the world have shown a deep loss of trust in their leadership and government. What has fueled this deepening mistrust, and what policies can governments adopt to ensure more transparency and accountability? This… Read more »

Demonstrators demand Dutch journalist’s release during Panamanian President Varela’s speech

Roughly eight minutes into Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela’s opening speech at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference, two participants conducted a demonstration demanding the release of a Dutch journalist charged with criminal libel. Holding up a banner written, “Free Okke Ornstein,” the two stood silently in front of cameras stationed at the back end of… Read more »

#17IACC Panama City Hosts Global Anti-Corruption Conference

Ambrosio Soto, a mayor from the Mexican state of Guerrero, was killed on a highway in Mexico. Mr. Soto had received various death threats from the local organized crime, and he was assassinated for refusing to give them a part of his municipality’s budget. His resistance to corruption cost him his life. This and many… Read more »

Panama Papers: Cooperation among journalists makes the difference between national and global impact

Nine months on from the biggest data leak in history, journalists involved in receiving and sifting through the Panama Papers gathered to reflect on their work at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama City, Panama. Opening the afternoon discussion, Barbara Trionfi from the International Press Institute noted that the Panama Papers were “unprecedented in… Read more »

Who is Your Anti-Corruption Hero?

Today Transparency International announces the call for nominations for its anti-corruption award, which will be presented to the winner at the 17th IACC in Panama. The global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Anti-Corruption Award. Launched in 2000 as the Integrity Award, the award has been renamed to focus on… Read more »