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Issues in focus - Corruption

The Special Rapporteur decided to build on the progress achieved by his predecessors on the issue of corruption and how it affects the independence of the judiciary and lawyers in his first report to the General Assembly (see in particular Special Rapporteur Knaul’s report A/67/305). At the same time, he will look into the threats that organized crime represents for the justice system and its connection, direct or indirect, to judicial corruption and corruption more generally.

To this end, he prepared this call for contributions, which he sent to States, United Nations agencies, professional associations of judges, lawyers and prosecutors, and civil society organizations for their consideration.

He would particularly appreciate contributions on the following aspects: concrete cases where the independence of judges or lawyers was affected by corruption or actions from organized crime and how these cases were addressed; measures in place and/or planned to protect judges and lawyers from corruption and the reach of organized crime; measures in place and/or planned to hold judges and lawyers accountable for acts of corruption they have allegedly committed; measures in place and/or planned to strengthen the capacity of judges and lawyers to combat corruption and organized crime.

Submissions should be sent electronically and no later than 3 June 2017 to SRindependenceJL@ohchr.org, using the email title: “Submission to the report on corruption.” Kindly limit your responses to 2,500 words and attach annexes where necessary. Your response will be published on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.