Corruption: The Abuse of Entrusted Power for Private Gain

Declaration Against Corruption
Declaration Against Corruption

The global anti-corruption organization Transparency International is running an online signature campaign to garner support in order to check the rising tide of corruption all over the world.

Transparency suggests that corruption – which is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain – is wrong.

According to Transparency, corruption destroys the basic rights of hundreds of millions of people across the world, it has devastating consequences on the services provided by public institutions, and it undermines the prospect for a better life for future generations.

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Transparency believes that if people worked together to combat this menace, they can end corruption and overcome widespread injustice and impunity.

“All forms of corruption must be ended to secure the basic rights of all people and ensure a world where everyone can live in dignity,” Transparency said on its online page.

So far more than 17,000 people have signed the Declaration Against Corruption – which according to Transparency – is consistent with and supportive of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Photo courtesy: Transparency International

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