Human rights and corruption
Corruption is the cause and core of many human rights violations. Among countries, there is a generalised trend of systemic corruption coexisting with an institutionalised failure to respect human rights. The three countries where perceived corruption levels are high - Somalia, Myanmar and Iraq - also are cited for having grave human rights abuses. Fighting corruption has largely been directed at ending abuses that distort policy processes and which put people in power who do not represent the society they govern. It strives to promote a judiciary that is independent, unbiased and effective. Reducing corruption improves access to public services, particularly for the poor and vulnerable. It also promotes transparency to enhance the impact of resource wealth for development. The human rights agenda addresses similar concerns in order to respect, protect and fulfil the related rights set out. While there are challenges, there are many areas where both agendas can compliment each other.