Corruption has been identified throughout the United Nations (UN) system as one of the main challenges to sustainable development and the realization of human rights.
The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) recognized that ‘transparent, responsible, accountable, open and participatory government, responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people, is the foundation on which good governance rests, and that such a foundation is one of the indispensable conditions for the full realization of human rights’.
Additionally, as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) finds, a number of international documents signed under the auspices of both the UN and regional organizations have acknowledged the negative effects of corruption on the protection of human rights and on development.
As existing mechanisms under the UN Convention against Corruption provide little entry points for civil society, UN human rights mechanisms can also complement and strengthen existing anti-corruption mechanism.
This research project, conducted in partnership with OHCHR and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights aimed via the drafting of a practitioners’ guide on human rights and countering corruption, to:
- Clarify the conceptual relationship between human rights, good governance and anticorruption
- Demonstrate the negative impact of corruption on human rights
- Provide guidance and make practical recommendations for effectively using the UN human rights system in anti-corruption efforts.