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Entrevista: Roberto Perez-Rocha, Gerente Superior de la 15IACC

Mexicano de nacimiento, radicando en Berlín, Roberto es el hombre detrás de la 15ava Conferencia Internacional de Anticorrupción (IACC, por sus siglas en inglés). En la siguiente entrevista el habla sobre el significado de mobilizar a las personas contra la corrupción, los temas de transparencia urgentes a tratarse en México y del porque se eligió Brasil como sede de la 15IACC, entre otros.

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Three Important Tools for Online Security

Pablo Zavala, trainer at the Tactical Technology Collective talks about digital tools for journalists and activists for their safety.

Produced by Rajneesh Bhandari

“Open your eyes!”

As Tunisia writes its new constitution, civil society activists are struggling to establish the culture of transparency and promote good governance and the right to information legislation. The collective OpenGov has recently launched a new viral campaign, entitled « 7ell 3inik » (open your eyes) intended for the 217 members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).

To promote “7ell 3inik”, an interactive website was created. Visitors to the site are invited to submit videos and photos as well as to send messages to the NCA members in order “to wake” them up to their commitments. On the site’s homepage, OpenGov activists urge people to exercise citizen participation and to confront the urgent, and common, question : Where is Transparency?. They denounce the NCA for infringing not only its internal regulation, but also the ‘Law 41’ which imposes right of access to public documents.

Based on these dangerous infringements, the OpenGov activists, accompanied by two other associations (Al Bawssala and Nawaat) and independent citizens, have already filed a complaint in the administrative court against the NCA. According to Amira Yahyaoui, founder and president of Al Bawssala, “It is not acceptable that the constitution is being written behind closed doors. It is the constitution of the people, and every citizen has the right to know what happens in the NCA!” she insists.

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There’s Ugly Players in the Beautiful Game

By: Yolaan Begbie, David Klaubert and Manuel Medina

On 30 October 2007, Sepp Blatter announced Brazil would host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazilians celebrated – the beautiful game would return to their beautiful country more than six decades since they hosted it in 1950.

Drago Kos: “I’m sure the bad guys are very happy Brazil will host the World Cup…” Picture by Virginie Nguyen

But while new stadiums are being built, and teams are training hard, there are others silently celebrating and preparing too. “I’m sure the bad guys are very happy Brazil will host the World Cup…” warns Drago Kos, International Commissioner at the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee in Afghanistan. The bad guys he’s referring to are not the soccer hooligans synonymous with the games. We’re talking criminals – men and women who operate a sophisticated syndicate to cash in on the multi-billion dollar event – or in this case, events with the Olympic Games also coming to the country in 2016. “When they send their infrastructure to the World Cup they just have to wait a few years for Olympics.” As a retired FIFA referee, Kos is familiar with the ugly side. He’s dealt with attempts of bribery before and knows just how intricate the network of these bad guys are. What is needed, he says, is a group devoted to sharing information about these illegal networks – not only during the World Cup, but now.

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An Egyptian’s Optimism against Corruption

“I am optimistic in spite of all the hurdles and difficulties,” declared Mohamed ElHossien in reply to pessimistic comments from some participants and panelists at the “Corruption and Transformations in the Arab Region: Changing Landscapes and New Horizons” session. This session, which kicked off the second day of the 15th IACC featured advocates and leaders from the Arab world and the international community.A young Egyptian activist

For this young Egyptian, age 33, corruption affects almost everything, from society to government, but he says that things are going in the right direction. Mohamed, who is a political science graduate, adapted his website to support the difficult transition in his country and in the region. His website, created in October 2010, was previously devoted to political awareness, but since the uprising the website now features issues that were, 19 months ago, strictly prohibited. At the top of the list: corruption. The site explains this scourge that pushed young people in his country to revolt in January 2011, discusses transparency, prosecution and asset-recovery as well as providing a space for citizens to report cases of corruption.

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