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Citizens mobilize to end corruption
Latinamerica Press
1/28/2016
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Corruption Perception Index 2015 shows that there is still hope in the fight against corruption.

“Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough,” said José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, at the release of the Corruption Perception Index 2015 on Jan. 27.

Although corruption remained widespread last year, “2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” Ugaz added.

TI defines grand corruption as “the abuse of high-lever power that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and causes serious and widespread harm to individuals and society. It often goes unpunished.”

The organization highlighted the case of Brazil, which lost five points in relation to the 2014 ranking, due to the scandal revealed by Operation Lava Jato (car wash) that began with the investigation of an illegal currency trafficking ring, but ended up uncovering a network of corruption involving politicians, directors and executives of the state oil company Petrobras, and large construction companies.

Guatemala also lost points as a result of the resignation of former President Otto Pérez Molina (2012-2015) after the Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) uncovered his involvement in the massive customs fraud ring known as “La Línea” (The Line), that also forced the Vice-president Roxana Baldetti to resign.

Chile is the second best rated country —behind Uruguay— in the list of 24 Latin American and Caribbean nations included in the ranking of 168 countries, but the influence peddling scandal involving the son of President Michelle Bachelet took the toll. Chile lost three points in relation to the measurement of last year. Haiti and Venezuela close the regional list as the less transparent countries.
—Latinamerica Press.

LATIN AMERICA/THE CARIBBEAN
Corruption Perception Index 2015*
Country
Rank
Score
2015
Score
2014
Uruguay
21
74
73
Chile
23
70
73
Costa Rica
40
55
54
Cuba
56
47
46
Jamaica
69
41
38
El Salvador
72
39
39
Panama
72
39
37
Trinidad and Tobago
72
39
38
Brazil
76
38
43
Colombia
83
37
37
Peru
88
36
38
Suriname
88
36
36
Mexico
95
35
35
Bolivia
99
34
35
Dominican Republic
103
33
32
Argentina
107
32
34
Ecuador
107
32
33
Honduras
112
31
29
Guyana
119
29
30
Guatemala
123
28
32
Nicaragua
130
27
28
Paraguay
130
27
24
Haiti
158
17
19
Venezuela
158
17
19

*100 to 0, where 100 is low corruption perception and 0 is high corruption perception

Source: Transparency International


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