Human Rights Council panel on anti-corruption, 13 March 2013

Corruption in the public and private spheres exists in all countries, irrespective of the economic or political system or level of development. It weakens institutions, erodes public trust in government and impairs the ability of states to fulfil their human rights obligations. Corruption impacts on all human rights — civil, political, economic, social and cultural, as well as the right to development, exposing in particular the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society to violations of their rights. Corruption and its proceeds are not confined within national borders, nor is their impact on human rights. Corruption can take many forms, but it always entails abuse of entrusted authority and power for personal gain. It typically diverts funding from State budgets that should be dedicated to the full realization of all human rights.

The objectives of the panel are to:

  • draw attention to the manifold negative impacts of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights, particularly on the availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of human rights-relevant goods and services;
  • consider prospects and challenges from a gender perspective in relation to combatting corruption as a human rights issue;
  • make recommendations on how best to promote and protect human rights in the fight against corruption, on the one hand, and how to strengthen anti-corruption efforts though the application of a human rights-based approach, on the other

Concept note


Panel composition:

Chair: H.E. Mr. Remigiusz A. Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council

Opening statement: Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Moderator: Miklos Marschall, Deputy Managing Director, Transparency International