The UNCAC Working Group on Human Rights and Corruption serves as a platform for fostering discussions, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences among civil society, activists and academics working on human rights and corruption. Additionally, the Working Group provides a space for the coordination of advocacy efforts and the advancement of international and regional laws and policies in this regard.
Working Group Co-Chairs:
Liliane Mouan, Senior Advisor on Corruption and Human Rights – West and Central Africa, Amnesty International.
Andrea Rocca, Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager & Global Security Manager, Transparency International.
Betina Pasteknik, Operations, Finances & Membership Lead, UNCAC Coalition.
In case you are interested in joining the working group, please fill out this form.
Next Working Group Meeting:
Tuesday, 7 February, 15:00 16:30 (Vienna time)
Working Group Aims:
- Break silos between human rights and anti-corruption civil society, academics and institutions.
- Provide updates on policy developments on anti-corruption and human rights.
- Advance anti-corruption efforts with a victims-centred approach.
- Empower anti-corruption civil society with the necessary tools to use Human Rights mechanisms and vice versa.
- Increase the prevention and recognition of corruption as a human rights violation.
- Advocate for changes in international law, policy and practice.
New! CoSP10 In-Person Working Group Meeting
We would like to invite you to an informal meeting in-person at the CoSP in Atlanta. This will provide an opportunity for us to connect and share expectations, ideas, and suggestions regarding our collaborative efforts in the working group. We have reserved the Dallas/NGO meeting room A314 on Wednesday, 13 December, at 16:00 -17:00 (Atlanta time). It would be great to see many of you there.
Selected past activities and outputs on Human Rights and Corruption
- Blog post: Duarte’s Case: Inter-American Court of Human Rights Commences Admission Process, by Estefania Medina & Adriana Greaves, Co-founders of TOJIL México, November 13, 2023.
- Amnesty International, ‘West & Central Africa: Authorities must fight corruption and uphold the human rights of those who expose it’ (July 11 2023), https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2023/07/west-central-africa-authorities-must-fight-corruption-and-uphold-the-human-rights-of-those-who-expose-it/.
- OHCHR, ‘Draft Guidelines on a Human Rights Framework for Asset Recovery’ (2022), https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/2022-03/OHCHR-RecommendedPrinciplesHumanRightsAssetRecovery_0.pdf .
- Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, ‘At the heart of the struggle: human rights defenders working against corruption’ HRC 49/49 (28 December 2021), https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3955232?ln=en.
- United Nations, Views of States parties on the performance of the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, (11 October 2021). CoSP 2021/4 40(6), https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNCAC/COSP/session9/CAC-COSP-2021-4/V2107590_E.pdf.
- Human Rights Watch, ‘Human Rights Watch Submission to UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.Re: Corruption and Human Rights’ (21 February 2021), https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/02/21/human-rights-watch-submission-un-working-group-business-and-human-rights.
- Sancin V., ‘Corruption as a serious inhibitor to Human Rights realisation: a response from the UN Human Rights Committee’ (2021). Zbornik pravnog fakulteta u Zagrebu 71(1) 23.
- CCPR, ‘Corruption and Human Rights: Improving the Human Rights Dimension of the Fight against Corruption. How do UN Treaty Bodies address the issue of corruption?’ (2020), https://ccprcentre.org/files/media/CCPR_Improving_the_Human_Rights_Dimension_of_the_Fight_Against_Corruption_FINAL.pdf
- Eeckeloo L. Prasad D., ‘Corruption and Human Rights: How to better integrate corruption issues in the UN human rights mechanisms. A practitioners’ guide and strategic advocacy tool for civil society organisations` (CCPR Centre 2019), http://ccprcentre.org/files/media/corruption-hr.pdf
- Davis K., ‘Corruption as a Violation of International Human Rights: A Reply to Anne Peters’ (November 2019). European Journal of International Law, 29 (4) 1289, 1294–1295, https://academic.oup.com/ejil/article/29/4/1289/5320173.
- Peters A., ‘Corruption as a Violation of International Human Rights’ (2018) European Journal of International Law, 29 (4) 1251, https://academic.oup.com/ejil/article/29/4/1251/5320164.
- Rose, C., ‘The limitations of a human rights approach to corruption’ (2016). International and Comparative Law Quarterly 65(2) 405.
- OHCHR, ‘Best practices to counter the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of all human rights. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ A HRC 32/22 (15 April 2016), https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/841796?ln=en.
- UPR.info, ‘The Butterfly Effect. Spreading good practices of UPR implementation’ (2016), https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/documents/2016-11/2016_the_butterfly_effect.pdf.
- HRC Advisory Committee, ‘Final report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the issue of the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights’ (2015), https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/reports/final-report-human-rights-council-advisory-committee-issue-negative-impact.
- UPR.info, ‘Follow-up to the Universal Periodic Review. Information for NGOs’ (2015), https://www.upr.info/sites/default/files/documents/2015-01/upr_info_fs4_follow-up_e.pdf.
- De Beco G. ‘Monitoring corruption from a human rights perspective’ (2011). The International Journal of Human Rights, 15 (7) 1107.
- Bacio Terracino J., ‘Corruption as a violation of human rights’, (International Council on Human Rights Policy 2008), https://ssrn.com/abstract=1107918
- UNODC, ‘Challenges faced and best practices applied by States in integrating human rights into their national strategies and policies to fight against corruption, including those addressing non-State actors, such as the private sector’ https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Issues/Corruption/Challenges/UNODC.pdf.
- UNODC, ‘Module 7: Corruption and Human Rights’ (Knowledge tools for academics and professionals. Module Series on Anti-Corruption) https://grace.unodc.org/grace/uploads/documents/academics/Anti-Corruption_Module_7_Corruption_and_Human_Rights.pdf.
- CCPR, ‘How to engage with the UN Human Rights Mechanisms in practice’. https://ccprcentre.org/files/media/FAQ_and_mechanisms_How_to_engage2.pdf.
UNCAC Coalition Guidelines and Etiquette
Please have a look at our Guidelines and Etiquette, which apply to all conversations and the exchange of information within this group and its email list. By being part of this group, you agree that you have read and will follow the guidelines set for the Gender, Inclusion & Corruption group and its email list.