News Releases – 2013 Archive

December 16, 2013
Papua New Guinea MPs aim to bolster anti-corruption
Parliamentarians from Papua New Guinea want to build on this month’s introduction of legislation to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by bolstering the oversight role of Members of Parliament (MPs) in preventing and campaigning against corruption. More…

 

December 9, 2013
On International Anti-Corruption Day, GOPAC Calls on Parliamentarians Across the Globe to Join the Worldwide Movement to Deem Grand Corruption a Crime Against Humanity
As the world honours International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is calling on parliamentarians to join the worldwide movement to deem grand corruption a Crime Against Humanity. More…

 

December 6, 2013
Parliamentarians from Caribbean Launch Regional Network to Fight Corruption
Parliamentarians from eight Caribbean countries joined forces today to launch GOPAC Caribbean, a regional chapter of the international anti-corruption network the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) at the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. More…

 

December 5, 2013
Parliamentarians from Latin America Call for Stronger Support from the Region’s Legislators in the Fight Against Corruption
Legislators representing seven national chapters from the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption’s regional chapter in Latin America and the Caribbean (GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe) called for all legislators of the region to strengthen its institutions, strategic autonomy and legitimacy, in the Declaration at the close of their meeting of the Chairs of national chapter of GOPAC América Latina y Caribe. More…

 

November 28, 2013
GOPAC Declares Grand Corruption a Crime Against Humanity
Grand corruption is a crime against humanity and should be treated as such; and GOPAC is calling on the United Nations and other international institutions to deem crimes of grand corruption as crimes against the common community of humanity and in violation of universal human rights, said Akaash Maharaj, Executive Director of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), at the announcement of GOPAC’s unanimously adopted Declaration from the Fifth Forum of Parliamentarians. More…

 

November 27, 2013
GOPAC launches a handbook to Improve Oversight in Congressional Systems
To support elected officials in congressional systems, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) launched the handbook Improving Democratic Accountability Globally. The handbook is the result of an international study group that was hosted by the Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy. More…

 

November 21, 2013
GOPAC Initiates Efforts to Prosecute Grand Corruption as a Crime Against Humanity
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has released Prosecuting Grand Corruption as an International Crime to frame options for international prosecution of the perpetrators of the worst crimes of corruption. More…

 

November 15, 2013
GOPAC Pressed for Stronger Fight Against Corruption by International Community and Parliamentarians at UN Hearings in New York
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) urged parliamentarians and the international community to take a greater role in the fight against corruption, emphasizing that what the world loses to corruption in a single year would be enough to end the worst forms of human misery and transform human civilisation, at least a dozen times over. More…

 

November 4, 2013
Legislators from Across Southeast Asia Commit to Corrupt-free Southeast Asia
Parliamentarians from Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Brunei Darussalam committed to the common goal and common action of achieving a corrupt-free Southeast Asia, during the closing of the General Assembly of the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC) in Medan, Indonesia, 24 October 2013. More…

 

November 1, 2013
Edgardo J Angara Stands Down as Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
Edgardo J Angara has informed the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) of his decision to temporarily stand down as Chair of the Board, to focus on refuting allegations published in the Philippines Commission on Audit report, concerning his management of Priority Development Assistance Fund grants during his tenure as a Philippine Senator. More…

 

October 4, 2013
Sri Lanka MPs Sign up to Curb Corruption
Parliamentarians from the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka have voted to set up the 48th national chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). More…

 

September 26, 2013
GOPAC and the Parliamentary Network Partner to Fight Corruption in Development Aid
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and the Parliamentary Network of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (the Parliamentary Network) are calling on parliamentarians around the world to help fight corruption by improving oversight in the management of development aid. To support parliamentarians, they have launched Guidelines to Strengthen Oversight Through Parliamentarian-Donor Collaboration. More…

 

September 5, 2013
GOPAC Calls for Action Against International Money Laundering as G20 Leaders Gather in St Petersburg
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) today launched Transparency Through Beneficial Declarations, a position paper that lays out concrete and effective steps that nations can take to stop international money laundering, and to thwart the criminal enterprises money laundering supports: organized crime, terrorism, and despotic regimes. More…

 

August 29, 2013
Statement by GOPAC on the Philippines Commission on Audit Report
GOPAC has received a copy of the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA) Report into the Philippines’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was prompted by what has become known as the “pork barrel scandal”. The report names former Philippine Senator and recently-elected GOPAC Chair Edgardo J. Angara, and raises concerns about PDAF funds directed by his office between 2007 and 2009. More…

 

August 14, 2013
Pacific MPs sign up to curb corruption
Parliamentarians from the small Pacific island nation of Kiribati have voted to set up the first national chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) in the Pacific Islands. More…

 

June 24, 2013
In Support of G8 Declaration GOPAC calls on Legislators around the World to Bring Greater Transparency to Financial Transactions
In line with the Lough Earn Declaration by G8 leaders, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is calling on legislators around the world to mount a coordinated international effort to fight money-laundering by bringing greater transparency to financial transactions. More…

 

June 21, 2013
In the Shadows of Civil Unrest Legislators Build Solid Fight Against Corruption in Brazil
Legislators from across party lines gathered to launch GOPAC Brazil, the Brazilian national chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, 18 June 2013, following a night of country-wide protests. More…

 

June 3, 2013
GOPAC Calls on Parliamentarians to Strengthen Oversight of the Management of Donor Funds
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) called on parliamentarians to take a more active role in the oversight of the management of donor funds at the 11th annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 May 2013. This appeal came as part of a panel GOPAC hosted on strengthening oversight, which drew over a hundred conference delegates. More…

 

May 7, 2013
GOPAC’s Regional Chapter in Africa, APNAC, Elects a New Board of Directors
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) congratulates the Honourable Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu of Ghana and Senator Marie Claire Mukasine of Rwanda on their election as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC). The elections were held at APNAC’s Biennial General Meeting (BGM) in Kampala, Uganda, on 26 April 2013. More…

 

April 10, 2013
New Leadership for the GOPAC Global Secretariat
GOPAC is delighted to welcome Akaash Maharaj as our new Executive Director. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer, but has now taken on overall leadership of the Global Secretariat as our most senior professional officer. More…

 

March 25, 2013
GOPAC Granted Observer Status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is pleased to announce that it has formalized its partnership with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) by becoming an IPU observer organization. GOPAC’s observer status was formally promulgated at the IPU Executive Committee meeting of 20 21 March 2013, during the 128th IPU Assembly, held in Quito, Ecuador. More…

 

March 8, 2013
GOPAC Announces Women in Parliament Network in Celebration of International Women’s Day
In honour of International Women’s Day, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) announces the launch of the GOPAC Women in Parliament Network (WPN), which supports the efforts of female parliamentarians to combat corruption and to strengthen democracy and good governance. GOPAC’s global membership made the decision to launch the Women in Parliament Network at our fifth Global Conference, held in Manila from 31 January to 2 February 2013. More…

 

March 6, 2013
GOPAC Welcomes New Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) welcomed its new Chair, Senator Edgardo J. Angara from the Philippines, at the Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, in Manila, Philippines, 31 January to 2 February 2013. More…

 

March 4, 2013
GOPAC Calls on International Community to Prosecute Corruption Perpetrators
Legislators from around the world have resolved to seek the adoption of global legal instruments to enable the international community to pursue and prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of corruption. The resolution was a key part of the Declaration adopted at the Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, in Manila, Philippines, 31 January to 2 February 2013. More…

 

February 25, 2013
GOPAC Leadership Transition
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption is implementing a significant professional leadership transition: John Williams, our founder, came to the conclusion of his tenure as our Chief Executive Officer at the Global Conference in Manila, Philippines, which closed on 02 February 2013. More…

 


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