Honoring International Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Day Online

December 8th, 2011

It is appropriate that the United Nations officially recognizes Anti-Corruption (9 December) and Human Rights (10 December) on two consecutive days as the two issues are inextricably linked.  Article 25 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…”  Corruption undermines a society’s ability to attain these basic standards.  When corrupt individuals and institutions steal aid money, or a Multinational Corporation exploits a country’s resources or shifts profits to evade taxes, it is the average citizen that suffers lack of food, education, medical care, and more.

This year the Task Force has been joined by member organizations and Global Financial Integrity Advisory Board member Dr. Thomas Pogge in showing our support of anti-corruption and human rights.  In a piece written for the Task Force, Dr. Pogge examines how corruption contributes to the continued under-fulfillment of basic socioeconomic rights and rising global inequality.  Task Force Members have joined together to discuss how the work of each of their organizations helps promote and defend human rights.  It is important to recognize that we are all in this together.  For this years’ Anti-Corruption and Human Rights days let’s reflect on how greater transparency and accountability in governments, business, and other institutions will help ensure basic human rights and standards of living.

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Written by Sarah Bracht

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