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Does Human Rights and Justice Matter in Anti-corruption work? A. H. Monjurul Kabir, 28 March 2011, Bratislava. Why Human Rights & Justice Matter?. Human rights creates enabling environment for the prevention of corruption. The Sunlight Factor (A2J & R2I).

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Does human rights and justice matter in anti corruption work a h monjurul kabir 28 march 2011 bratislava

Does Human Rights and Justice Matter in Anti-corruption work? A. H. Monjurul Kabir, 28 March 2011, Bratislava


Why human rights justice matter

Why Human Rights & Justice Matter?

  • Human rights creates enabling environment for the prevention of corruption.

  • The Sunlight Factor (A2J & R2I).

  • ATI measures largely depend on HR principles and constitutional guarantees.

  • Freedom of Expression

  • Media Freedom-Social media/FB Revolution!

  • Freedom of Assembly

  • Right to Information

  • Right to participate in the political process

  • Principles of Equality

  • Rule of Law and Judicial safeguards

    the list goes on …

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


Why hr j matter

… Why HR&J Matter?

  • Human rights focuses on disadvantaged & vulnerable groups & marginalized communities i.e., minorities, women, persons with disabilities, persons living with or affected by HIV etc.

  • Corruption threatens human rights and, in particular, the rights of the poor leading to disempowerment

  • The poor need legal aid, not pressure to pay bribes …

  • Vulnerability

  • Widespread Discrimination

  • Limited Accessibility to judicial institutions and legal safeguards

  • Greater exposure to abuse including corrupt practices

  • Lack of confidence in national institutions

  • Legal Disempowerment

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


Realities on the ground

Realities on the Ground …

  • Corruption in the justice system often goes hand in hand with political interference.

  • Occurrence and or recurrence of Torture – Corruption breeds torture.

  • Inability of traditional institutional safeguards

  • Conflicts, frozen conflicts and post-conflicts

  • Rule of Law and Judicial Integrity: Collaboration between PACDE & PHASE

  • National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)-strengthening a visiting mechanism-CSO engagement

  • Strengthening of National Human Rights Protection Mechanism

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


Realities on the ground1

… Realities on the Ground

  • Exclusion – lack of representation in national development/development programming

  • Exposure of individuals who report their suspicions in good faith internally or externally

  • Multiple mandates and jurisdictions, lack of coordination and clarity, overlapping

  • Voice and Accountability require application of HRBA – Rights holders and duty bearers

  • Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Whistle blowers

  • Creating synergetic relations between ‘National Integrity System’ and ‘National Human Rights Protection System’

  • Engaging CSOs …

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


What can we do

What can we do?

  • Enhanced awareness and advocacy to empowering people

  • Human Rights & AC Mechanisms – differences, complementarities

  • Regional and Sub-regional trends and issues

  • Ombudsmen and NHRIs are in some countries actively working against undue influence & other corrupt practices. - the Public Defenders in Georgia and Armenia

  • Joint ACHR CoP

  • Joint work of NHRIs-AC Agencies

  • Piloting areas of collaboration: investigation?

  • Empirical evidence and Case Studies

  • Partnership at National and Sub-national levels

  • Application of HRBA in Dev. Programming

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


Going beyond minimum

Going Beyond Minimum!

  • Baseline assessment of operational linkages between AC & HR activities in the region;

  • Recommendations and roadmap for developing integrated AC & HR strategic approaches and operational responses.

  • Initiating a regional dialogue will help to identify the entry points for future programming.

  • Needs to be validated with relevant stakeholders such as national anti-corruption and human rights institutions and civil society)

  • If necessary workshop is to be organized back to back with the DG CoP Meeting for the ECIS region

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Bratislava 28-29 March 2011


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