Launch of the practitioners' guide on corruption and human rights

Published on 13 Nov 2019, 08:44 AM

On the occasion of the launch of the guide, a panel explored innovative practical ideas on how best to address corruption-related human rights issues within the UN human rights framework

Flyer of the side-event that took place on 17 September 2019

Corruption is one of the major impediments causing individuals to be denied the full enjoyment of their rights as enshrined in the United Nations (UN) human rights instruments. There has been long consideration given to the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights and acknowledgement that corruption ‘both drives human rights abuses and hinders the effective discharge of human rights obligations’.

"This guide aims to strengthen the participation of the anti-corruption community with the UN human rights mechanisms. It is clear that corruption is often the cause of serious and systemic human rights violations, and this should be reported to the relevant bodies. "

- Làzarie Eeckeloo, Human Rights Officer at CCPR-Centre

A practitioners' guide on corruption and human rights

In order to encourage anti-corruption groups and movements to use the UN human rights framework at their disposal, the CCPR Centre, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Geneva Academy developed a Practitioners’ Guide on Human Rights and Countering Corruption. This guide focuses notably on how UN human rights mechanisms can be better used to report on corruption issues, and it provides guidance as well as practical recommendations on effectively integrating human rights into anti-corruption efforts. The guide was presented during this side-event.

The guide intends to serve as a user-friendly practitioners’ manual and strategic advocacy tool to explore how a human rights-based approach, with its focus on the victims of corruption and state responsibility, can be used to complement and strengthen anti-corruption efforts.

On the occasion of the launch of the guide, this panel, co-organized with the CCPR CentreOHCHR and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, explored innovative practical ideas on how best to address corruption-related human rights issues within the UN human rights framework.

Key considerations for the discussion during the side-event

  • Understanding the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights
  • How can the UN human rights framework account for corruption-related human rights issues?
  • Do we need to establish a separate human rights pathway/framework to account for the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights?

Opening remarks were done by Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva. Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director, Geneva Human Rights Platform and Manager of Policy Studies at the Geneva Academy, moderated the debate. The following panelists took part in the discussion: 

  • Ayuush Bat-Erdene, OHCHR
  • Làzarie Eeckeloo, CCPR-Centre
  • Fatima Kanji, International State Crime Initiative
  • Ergun Cakal, Danish Institute Against Torture

The guide is available here. A French translation will be available soon, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information sheets. 

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