Corruption and human rights: making the connection

Author(s) : International Council on Human Rights Policy; Transparency International

Organization : Transparency International, International Council on Human Rights Policy

Imprint : Geneva, ICHRP, 2009

Collation : 119 p.

What impact does corruption have on enjoyment of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights? When can human rights principles and tools help to curb and prevent corruption? In recent years, governments, NGOs and international organisations have taken many initiatives to fight corruption. However, these efforts have rarely been analysed from the point of view of human rights, despite their potential and relevance.This report develops a conceptual framework enabling users to describe, in specific terms, how violations of human rights may be linked to particular acts of corruption. It sets out why those working on corruption and those working on human rights have reasons to cooperate, and delineates the main features of the two traditions of practice. It also builds links between specific acts of corruption and specific violations of rights - recognising that the links are sometimes indirect and that in some cases corruption may not violate human rights, strictly understood. Using a conceptual framework for assessing when particular acts of corruption violate human rights, this report shows how organisations can promote human rights while working to end corruption.

  • Accountability, Anti-corruption strategies, Civil society, Corruption, Economic and social development, Educational management, Governance, Integrity, International conventions, Non-governemental organizations, Poverty, Procurement, Public sector, Transparency
  • International