Category: IACC News

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 — Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) December 1, 2016 3 consequences of the #PanamaPapers? – one has to be one of my all time favorite gifs: #17IACC — 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 »

Time for Justice: Equity, Security, Trust.

The theme of the 17th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) is Time for Justice: Equity, Security, Trust. At the 16th IACC in Malaysia the global movement declared their commitment to zero tolerance of impunity for corruption. “Time for Justice” is a global call to turn the pledge of zero tolerance into concrete action,… Read more »

Egypt’s Young Preservationists Shut Out by Old Guard

Young Egyptians aching for a better future are concerned about its past. The country’s antiquities, a source of pride and economic revenue, are under threat. Instability following the 2011 revolution have left them vulnerable to looting and mismanagement. Satellite images of the Nile Valley and Delta reveal archeological sites plundered during the Arab Spring and… Read more »

Save the date for the 17th IACC

We are delighted to announce that in exactly one year the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference will begin! The 17th IACC will take place from the 1st-4th December 2016 in Panama City, Panama. It will be hosted by the Panamanian Government represented by the Autoridad Nacional de Transparencia y Acceso a la Informacion (the Panamanian National Authority of Transparency… Read more »

Statement by the Friends of the IACC – “We Hear the Call”

At the Closing Ceremony of the 16th IACC, after the reading of the Putrajaya Declaration by two young journalists, we were able to announce the commitment of a number of governments, including Germany, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, to end impunity. This is a landmark commitment from some of… Read more »

Putrajaya Declaration: Zero Tolerance for Impunity

Nearly 1,200 people from 130 countries gathered in Putrajaya, Malaysia to discuss one of the world’s biggest challenges: how impunity enables the spread of corruption. Delegates came together to find the most effective strategies to stop impunity and hold to account those who benefit from the abuse of power, secret deals and bribery. Governments plagued… Read more »

Greetings from Akere Muna, Chair IACC Council

Today in Putrajaya, with more than 1,000 participants, we have started to discuss and debate ending impunity through the prism of people, integrity and action. Through the years and through every IACC, we have seen the demand for less corrupt governments and a less corrupt society increase and transform into mass mobilisation. In this debate,… Read more »

José Ugaz’s speech at the opening of the 16th IACC in Malaysia

Let me first thank the IACC for bringing so many people together as part of our great global movement to tackle corruption. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for hosting the conference with the IACC. And the Malaysian people for welcoming us to their beautiful country at this momentous time. This week Malaysia celebrated Merdeka – its independence… Read more »