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Blog by Susan Hawley for Centre for Study of Corruption at Sussex University on whether aid funded enforcement efforts in the UK to track corrupt assets and investigate bribery by UK firms is working - looking at a new evaluation of the DFID programme that has funded UK efforts for 13 years. It's working but more convictions are needed.
We made the following statement to the OECD's Working Group on Bribery external stakeholders event, urging action by the Group on: having sanctions for members that fail to implement the Convention properly; greater protection for the independence and integrity of the judiciary and prosecution; ensuring there is not political interference in foreign bribery investigations; greater monitoring of export credit agencies' role in bribery; compensation for victims of corruption; and tackling those who take and demand bribes.
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Spotlight’s Sue Hawley gave a presentation to the OECD about the role of Export Credit Agencies in fighting corruption, looking at whether the new 2019 OECD Recommendation on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits goes far enough and what the next steps are.Resources Next steps in the fight against bribery for Export Credit Agencies
The National Crime Agency successfully saw off an appeal against new anti-money laundering powers created in 2017, the Account Freezing Order, used in the Moldovan ‘theft of the century’ case. This blog looks at how the case should give the agency a green light to use these powers more freely to tackle the UK’s notorious dirty money problem.Resources UK’s new ‘freeze and seize’ powers upheld in Moldovan money laundering case via The FCPA Blog
UK anti-corruption groups came together in October to launch a manifesto for fighting corruption. This blog lays out what needs to happen now to keep the UK clean, and make sure it doesn’t exacerbate corruption elsewhere.Resources 10 actions for the UK to fight corruption via Bond
Report by Dr Judith Townend commissioned Spotlight on Corruption and the Open Government Network to develop a series of recommendations for the next UK government Open Government Partnership National Action Plan on improving open justice data. A blog by Dr Townend on the report is here. Resources Towards a national commitment on open justice data in the United Kingdom – October 2019
Spotlight on Corruption and Transparency International wrote to the UK’s Attorney General to express serious concerns that he has been sitting on a decision whether to prosecute an Airbus subsidiary for Saudi related bribery, and urging him not to interfere in the case or use national security as grounds for closing it down.Resources Letter to the Attorney General