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Posted by: | Posted on: Ноябрь 10, 2021

PANDORA PAPERS: 10 COUNTRIES THAT URGENTLY NEED TO ACT

The release of the Pandora Papers last Sunday has provided an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the underworld of the offshore industry.

The Pandora Papers is a large-scale investigative project by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and media outlets in 117 countries. Journalists have analysed the documents leaked from 14 corporate service providers – all based in jurisdictions with high levels of financial secrecy.

The confidential documents reportedly show high-level officials, oligarchs and billionaires using shell companies to move wealth offshore and to anonymously buy real estate or luxury goods.

Globally, the Pandora Papers must create a new momentum for ending the decades-long abuse of corporate secrecy and pushing hesitant decision-makers into action. These investigations come at a time when the world is moving closer to a new global standard on corporate transparency. The Financial Action Task Force members should use this crucial opportunity to require public, central registers of company owners in all countries.

Simultaneously, national governments need to get their own affairs in order.

First, power players

Over 300 politicians from 90 countries – including 35 former or current government leaders – are alleged to have evaded scrutiny and shielded themselves with anonymity. Individuals who should be taking decisive steps for tackling the flows of dirty money have themselves been abusing the system’s opacity. In the months to come, they will have a lot of explaining to do – to the public and to the authorities.

For more information visit https://www.transparency.org/en/news/pandora-papers-10-countries-investigations-policy-reforms

Posted by: | Posted on: Январь 23, 2020

Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2019

KQI_19Transparency International’s National Chapter in Azerbaijan presents the TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2019.

The CPI 2019 ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist in the public sector. The data for the Index is drawn from a range of surveys and assessments of corruption perception organized by influential international institutions. CPI measures perception of corruption in the public sector. The ranking is based on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being very corrupt and 100 being very clean. In 2019 Azerbaijan was ranked 126th among 180 countries with the score of 30.

Year CPI score Global ranking   Number of countries surveyed
2019 30 126 180
2018 25 152 180
2017 31 122 180
2016 30 123 176
2015 29 119 168

Global ranking can be found  here — CPI-2019.

The data for CPI is drawn from 13 different sources. These sources measure a number of political, economic and social indicators that can influence efficiency of anti-corruption policies of a country.  The data for Azerbaijan is drawn from 7 different sources. Full list of sources is given in Questions and Answers section.

Transparency Azerbaijan calls the government to  take measures to broaden the scope of reforms in the sphere of democratic governance and rule of law; to conduct more effective anti-corruption policies in the sectors with high corruption risks, to create enabling environment for the civil society; to improve accountability of public agencies and state enterprises, as well as responsibility of state enterprises that render public services.  CPI2019_Report_EN [PRINT] Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Eastern Europe & Central Asia CPI-19

Posted by: | Posted on: Январь 23, 2020

TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

KQI_19Transparency International’s National Chapter in Azerbaijan presents the TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2019.

The CPI 2019 ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist in the public sector. The data for the Index is drawn from a range of surveys and assessments of corruption perception organized by influential international institutions. CPI measures perception of corruption in the public sector. The ranking is based on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being very corrupt and 100 being very clean. In 2019 Azerbaijan was ranked 126th among 180 countries with the score of 30.

Year CPI score Global ranking   Number of countries surveyed
2019 30 126 180
2018 25 152 180
2017 31 122 180
2016 30 123 176
2015 29 119 168

Global ranking can be found  here — CPI-2019.

The data for CPI is drawn from 13 different sources. These sources measure a number of political, economic and social indicators that can influence efficiency of anti-corruption policies of a country.  The data for Azerbaijan is drawn from 7 different sources. Full list of sources is given in Questions and Answers section.

Transparency Azerbaijan calls the government to  take measures to broaden the scope of reforms in the sphere of democratic governance and rule of law; to conduct more effective anti-corruption policies in the sectors with high corruption risks, to create enabling environment for the civil society; to improve accountability of public agencies and state enterprises, as well as responsibility of state enterprises that render public services.

Eastern Europe & Central Asia CPI-19

Posted by: | Posted on: Июль 11, 2019

Colonel-General Vilayat Eyvazov, Minister of Internal Affairs, has received a delegation led by Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights who visited Azerbaijan

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As the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) informed Musavat.com, the Minister welcomed the guests and recalled that the discussions on the measures aimed at protecting human rights and freedoms, improving efficiency of the activities in this field and improvement of the institutional mechanisms held during the meetings with Ms. D. Mijatovic in her previous visits to our country, as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, were very useful.

The Minister of Internal Affairs who noted that the work in the field of increasing professionalism and vision, application of the international experience is carried out purposefully and systematically also stated that the employees of internal affairs bodies are being sent for the training to the various countries, including the United States of America and European countries, and with seminars, training sessions, and courses are being organized in our country with participation of the experienced international experts. About 3 000 employees of the MIA participated at the human rights events held in our country and abroad in the last 5 years

The guest was informed that e-services are being provided to the population in 28 directions in order to eliminate cases causing corruption offenses, as well as to minimize official-citizen relations.

V.Eyvazov said that the activity of the Ministry’s 102 Call Center and the Safe City service was based on the high principle as a human factor, and other hot lines («902» and «1002») created at MIA, email accounts of the different structural units serve for prompt addressing the appeals made to the Appeal Council, which deals with the complaints of entrepreneurs, and taking immediate actions against unlawful acts from which the citizens suffered.

The Commissioner of the Council of Europe was also informed that the appeals on violations of human and civil rights and freedoms reported by the police officers are promptly and objectively investigated by the relevant office of the Ministry, and the outcomes are reported and the appropriate measures are being taken. 2040 employees have been disciplined during the past 5 years and in the first half of the current year due to the ill treatment of citizens, various offenses, shortly, for violation of the civil rights. Torture or ill-treatment of detained or arrested persons has not been recorded. During this period, 1318 monitoring visits by the international and local human rights organizations in the Temporary Detention Facilities (TDF) of the territorial police authorities took place. All of them have major repair and reconstruction, and TDFs have been equipped with modern video surveillance cameras.

D.Mijatovic expressed her gratitude for reception and detailed information and highly appreciated cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and noted that her main goal during the visit was to render comprehensive assistance in the field of providing human and civil rights and freedoms and to support this process. She expressed hope that the police will continue to actively participate in the democratic reforms carried out in our country at the initiative of the Council of Europe.

A number of other issues were also discussed during the sincere meeting, and the guests’ questions were answered in detail.

Posted by: | Posted on: Июль 10, 2019

Development of the National Action Plan on Promotion of the Open Government discussed

545cdaacef9f930A meeting of the Working Group on development of the draft of the new National Action Plan on Promotion of the Open Government was held at the State Migration Service on July 5. Vusal Huseynov, Chief of the AR State Migration Service, representative of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Open Government Partnership Initiative; representative of the Secretariat of the Commission on Combating Corruption; representatives of the state bodies; coordinator and members of the Azerbaijan Open Government Platform, as well as NGO representatives participated at the meeting.

Development of the draft National Action Plan on Promotion of the Open Government, involvement of all the stakeholders in this process, holding public discussions, hearings, public consultations and collection of proposals have been discussed at the meeting and participants exchanged their views.

During the meeting V.Huseynov noted that the AR Commission on Combating Corruption, which controls and coordinates implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP), has already had extensive experience in preparing the National Action Plans in cooperation with NGOs. Previous NAPs were developed with participation of the civil society and the majority of the proposals given were taken into consideration. The International Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP) standards will be taken into account in development of the new NAP.

Alimammad Nuriyev, Coordinator, Azerbaijan Open Government Platform said that the Platform and the civil society is ready to actively participate in development of the new NAP. The first steps have already been taken and with initiative of the Platform, the Working Group, consisting of CSO representatives, has prepared a «Road Map» for development of the NAP in accordance with the OGP recommendations. Even further, the proposals on the structure and directions of the NAP have been submitted to the AR Commission on Combating Corruption.

66297641_444215299464044_8173976325166465024_nA.Nuriyev said that the issues of developing the NAP with participation of the state bodies and ensuring broad participation will be initially discussed at this meeting. Representatives of the civil society organizations who wish to participate in the process will attend the next sessions. The information regarding this has already been published on the webpage of the Platform and its accounts on the social network.

Nurlan Hasanov, representative of the Secretariat of the AR Commission on Combating Corruption, informed that 3 meetings were held on development of the new National Action Plan in 2018 and numerous proposals were made by the state agencies. Further discussions on these proposals will be held at the upcoming meetings. The Commission analyzes the experience of the previous NAP and studies practices of other countries and their NAPs developed within the Open Government Partnership Initiative. The Commission is ready to provide broad participation and information on its part.

During the discussions, A.Nuriyev; Samir Aliyev, OGP expert; Osman Gunduz, head of the Multimedia Center; representatives of the state bodies provided their proposals.

Meetings on development of the new National Action Plan are scheduled for 3 pm every Friday in July-August 2019 at the Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Information on the agenda and the outcomes of each meeting will be published on the www.ogp.org.az website and on the social networks. The Open Government Platform invites all the stakeholders to actively participate in this process.