Vietnam Rubber Group stripped of Forest Stewardship Council certification for forest destruction, illegal land grabs and human rights abuses

globalwitness – Press release / Oct. 26, 2015 

Rubber giant Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) has been expelled from the world’s leading forest certification body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), following an investigation into illegal land and forest clearance in Cambodia. Responding to a complaint submitted by Global Witness last November, the FSC found that the state-owned company had illegally destroyed at least 50,000 hectares of forest for its rubber plantations in Cambodia alone, including wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas.

“The FSC investigation provides further evidence that VRG has destroyed some of South East Asia’s most important remaining forests, with indigenous communities forcibly displaced in the process, and is forcibly taking land from its rightful owners and destroying livelihoods – with untold and irreversible effects,” said Patrick Alley, a Founding Director of Global Witness. “The FSC has done the right thing by dropping them from its certification scheme. Now VRG needs to urgently take action to address the damage it has caused.” Continue reading “Vietnam Rubber Group stripped of Forest Stewardship Council certification for forest destruction, illegal land grabs and human rights abuses”

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Police widen probe of alleged graft linked to PetroVietnam

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Vietnamese police have widened their investigation into alleged graft and mismanagement connected with the state-owned oil and gas giant PetroVietnam that caused $69 million in losses.

Three PetroVietnam subsidiaries are being investigated for alleged abuse of power in appropriating $5.3 million, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement late Wednesday. Continue reading “Police widen probe of alleged graft linked to PetroVietnam”

Lawmakers to mull tougher corruption law

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Update: September, 11/2017 – 09:25

Lawmakers convening today in Hà Nội for 14th session of the National’s Assembly’s Standing Committee are scheduled to discuss an amended Law on Corruption Prevention and Control, giving the State more leverage against officials suspected of corruption.– VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Dân

HÀ NỘI – Lawmakers convening today in Hà Nội for 14th session of the National’s Assembly’s Standing Committee are scheduled to discuss an amended Law on Corruption Prevention and Control, giving the State more leverage against officials suspected of corruption. Continue reading “Lawmakers to mull tougher corruption law”

OceanBank – ngân hàng sân sau của PetroVietnam

Hải Lý Thứ Năm,  7/9/2017, 07:40 (GMT+7)

Tổng số tiền thời điểm cao nhất mà tập đoàn Dầu khí gửi ở OceanBank lên tới 25.000 tỉ đồng. Ảnh: Đào Loan

(TBKTSG) – Có những số liệu và tầm quan trọng của chúng mà dư luận chỉ có thể biết được qua những ngày xét xử phiên tòa vụ án Ngân hàng TMCP Đại Dương (OceanBank). Theo ông Hà Văn Thắm, nguyên Chủ tịch hội đồng quản trị OceanBank, khai tại tòa có thời điểm tập đoàn Dầu khí (PetroVietnam) đã gửi ở ngân hàng này tổng cộng đến 20.000 tỉ đồng, chiếm khoảng 50% tổng vốn huy động của OceanBank. Còn ông Ninh Văn Quỳnh, nguyên kế toán trưởng PetroVietnam lúc bấy giờ và là Phó tổng giám đốc PetroVietnam sau này, vừa bị Cơ quan Cảnh sát điều tra Bộ Công an tống đạt quyết định khởi tố và bắt tạm giam ngày 31-8-2017, trả lời tòa tổng số tiền thời điểm cao nhất mà tập đoàn Dầu khí gửi ở OceanBank lên tới 25.000 tỉ đồng. Continue reading “OceanBank – ngân hàng sân sau của PetroVietnam”

Corruption causes damage worth over $59.4 million in 2017: report

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Corruption cases in 2017 have so far cost over VND1.35 trillion (US$59.4 million) in damages, of which VND158.8 billion, US$314,000, four houses and one apartment have been retrieved.

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The plenary session of the NA Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon discuss the government’s report on corruption prevention in 2017. 

The statistics were announced by Deputy Inspector General of Government Inspectorate Dang Cong Huan at a plenary session of the National Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in Hanoi, on September 5, held to discuss corruption prevention work in 2017. Continue reading “Corruption causes damage worth over $59.4 million in 2017: report”

Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries

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Ten rupees Indian banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Ten rupees Indian banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

From South Korea’s presidential scandal to Malaysia’s 1MDB fund, not many Asian countries have been able to avoid the smear of corruption. But just how pervasive is the problem across the continent?

An 18-month long survey by Transparency International reveals there is much work to be done. After talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in Asia Pacific, the report found more than one in four people have paid a bribe when using a public service.
Continue reading “Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries”

India most corrupt Asian country, Vietnam second: Forbes

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The article goes on to praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘fight against corruption.

ANI  |  New Delhi  Last Updated at September 1, 2017 15:11 IST

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If the statistics furnished by the Transparency International (TI), an anti-corruption global civil society organisation, are anything to go by, India has a long way ahead to fulfil one of the many objectives as told by the current Indian government – defeating the malice of corruption.

A recent survey by the Transparency International states that India is the most corrupt country in Asia.

Depicting how pervasive the problem is across Asia, a list released by – Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries – says that India beats Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar, when it comes to bribery rate.

The article, which rates India the highest in the list with 69 per cent bribery rate, describes India as: “In five of the six public services – schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services – more than half the respondents have had to pay a

The article goes on to praise Prime Minister for his ‘fight against corruption’.

“However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption has made a mark: 53 per cent of the people think he is going it fairly or very well. And it has led to people feeling empowered, as 63 per cent believe ordinary people can make a difference,” it adds.

India is closely followed by at 65 per cent bribery rate.

India’s neighbour, Pakistan, stands fourth in the list with 40 per cent bribery rate. The article describes the nation as: “In Pakistan, about three-fourths of respondents perceive most or all of the police to be corrupt. Of the people who encountered either the police or the courts, nearly seven in ten had to pay a Sadly, people don’t feel things can change-only a third think ordinary people can make a difference.”

The 18-month long survey by Transparency International was concluded after talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in the Asia Pacific.

The Berlin-based corruption watchdog had put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index last year.

The country’s 2015 corruption perception score remained the same as 2014’s – 38/100 – showing lack of improvement.

According to figures published in March, 2017, while citizens of Pakistan were the most likely of any country to be asked for bribes in law and order institutions, for India the police bribery rate was 54 per cent and for a low 12 per cent.

India had the highest bribery rates of all the countries surveyed for access to public schools (58 per cent) and healthcare (59 per cent).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 14:59 IST

51 bankers, businessmen on trial in Vietnam for fraud

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A former banking magnate and 50 others went on trial in Vietnam Monday over a multi-million dollar fraud at a major private bank, as the communist nation cracks down on corruption in the sector.

 
Former Ocean Bank chairman Ha Van Tham stands trial AFP/VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

HANOI: A former banking magnate and 50 others went on trial in Vietnam Monday (Aug 28) over a multi-million dollar fraud at a major private bank, as the communist nation cracks down on corruption in the sector.

Authorities have vowed to clean up an industry plagued by favouritism and dodgy loans – part of a broader drive against corruption in the country. Continue reading “51 bankers, businessmen on trial in Vietnam for fraud”

A history of the Vatican Bank

WF – The Vatican Bank is undergoing yet another series of reforms in an effort to shed the scandals of the past. Jules Gray looks at the history of the Catholic Church’s troubled financial arm 

Cardinal George Pell during a sermon at the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s Cathedral in Rome, Italy
Cardinal George Pell during a sermon at the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s Cathedral in Rome, Italy

Author: Jules Gray – September 5, 2014

Perhaps more than any other, the Vatican Bank should be expected to maintain the highest of moral standards in the way it conducts its business. However, despite its saintly links, the bank that acts on behalf of the Catholic Church has developed a reputation for corruption, scandal and mismanagement over the last few decades.

Murder, bribery, suspicious deaths, money laundering, and many other nefarious acts have been linked to the bank that is officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR). Continue reading “A history of the Vatican Bank”

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong found guilty of corruption

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Lee Jae-yong sentenced to five years in jail following trial that led to dismissal of former President Park Geun-hye.

A South Korean court has found billionaire Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong guilty of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, concealing profit from criminal acts and perjury.

He has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Revelations of Lee’s attempt to bribe South Korea’s president to further his business ambitions fed public anger that led to the removal of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s leader. Continue reading “Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong found guilty of corruption”

Merchants in the Temple

By Thought Matters –  11/16/2015 03:47 pm ET Updated Nov 13, 2016

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By Gianluigi Nuzzi

Pope Francis Issues a Shocking Accusation

On July 28, 2013, a few hours after his customary religious obligations, Pope Francis prepared to go to the Apostolic Palace. As always, he checked his datebook first. “This is what I’ve always done. I carry it in a black briefcase. Inside is a razor, a breviary, an appointment book, and a book to read.” The Pope carefully reviewed his notes. That morning he had a meeting with Archbishop Jean Louis Bruguès, the librarian and archivist of the Holy See. But his most important appointment of the day was a noon meeting scheduled to take place in one of the most inaccessible and mysterious spaces in the Palace: the Sala Bologna, on the third floor, between the papal apartment recently vacated by Benedict XVI and the quarters of the Secretariat of State. Continue reading “Merchants in the Temple”

APEC law-enforcement agencies vow to strengthen corruption fight

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Update: August, 19/2017 – 19:00

Delegates from 21 APEC-member economies at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies in HCM City on Saturday. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Anti-corruption authorities and law enforcement agencies from 21 APEC member economies vowed to strengthen measures to fight money laundering and bribery at a workshop held on Aug 19 during the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) in HCM City.

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.”

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyễn Văn Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.”

“I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added.

Corruption in Việt Nam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said.

Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said.

Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.”

“The meeting provided an opportunity for member economies to speak about challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in fighting money laundering and recovering assets related to corruption cases,” Kunev told Việt Nam News. “It had a lot of useful information on anti-corruption, which we can use for training investigators in Russia.”

The Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies was established at the 17th APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group Meeting in Indonesia in 2013.

The network, whose first meeting was held in China in 2014, aims to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for investigations and prosecutions of corruption, bribery, money laundering and illicit trade, and the identification and return of the proceeds of those crimes.

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group’s Pathfinder Dialogue IV was also held on Saturday. Corruption as a driver of illegal logging and the use of anti-corruption activities by customs’ offices dealing with the forest trade were the main topics discussed.

The dialogue will resume on Aug 20, with focus on anti-corruption in wildlife trafficking and ways to detect and disrupt wildlife trafficking using anti-money laundering and asset confiscation techniques, protocols and good practices of effective international cooperation and mutual legal assistance. — VNS

 

DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH: 2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries

globalwitness_It has never been deadlier to take a stand against companies that steal land and destroy the environment. Our new report Defenders of the Earth found that nearly four people were murdered every week in 2016 protecting their land and the natural world from industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

Download the full report: Defenders of the Earth (PDF, 4.67 MB)

Murder is just one of a range of tactics used to silence land and environmental defenders, including death threats, arrests, sexual assault and aggressive legal attacks.

Jakeline Romero from Colombia (above, right) has faced years of threats and intimidation for speaking out against the devastating impacts of El Cerrejón, Latin America’s largest open-pit mine. Owned by London-listed companies Glencore, BHP Billiton and Anglo-American and run by a domestic operator, the project has been blamed for water shortages and mass displacement. (1) 
Continue reading “DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH: 2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries”

Hình thức và Hậu quả tham nhũng trong Giáo dục ở Việt Nam

TT Ở Việt Nam, tham nhũng trong giáo dục vẫn chưa được quan tâm đúng mức và thường bị lảng tránh bằng tên gọi một hiện tượng xã hội hơn là được nhận dạng thực sự là tham nhũng. Vì vậy, cần có những phân tích kỹ hơn nhằm nâng cao nhận thức về bản chất của tham nhũng trong lĩnh vực này.

Sử dụng phương pháp phỏng vấn sâu giáo viên, phụ huynh học sinh cũng như các nhà quản lý trường học kết hợp với nghiên cứu các khảo sát và thông tin truyền thông hiện nay, Tổ chức Minh bạch Quốc tế, với sự hỗ trợ của tổ chức Hướng tới Minh bạch, đã tiến hành nghiên cứu Hình thức và Hậu quả của Tham nhũng trong Ngành Giáo dục Việt Nam. Continue reading “Hình thức và Hậu quả tham nhũng trong Giáo dục ở Việt Nam”

Bộ máy đang được… nuôi như thế nào?

Tư Giang Chủ Nhật,  18/6/2017, 16:06 (GMT+7)

Hiện nay có gần 3 triệu công chức, viên chức đang làm việc và hưởng lương ngân sách trong bộ máy nhà nước, thuộc loại cao so với các nước trong khu vực. Trong ảnh: Làm thủ tục về hoạt động kinh doanh tại một cơ quan nhà nước. Ảnh: QUỐC HÙNG

(TBKTSG) – Vì sao Quốc hội thường ấn nút thông qua quyết toán ngân sách khi nhiều khoản chi, trong đó có chi thường xuyên đều vượt xa so với dự toán? Vì sao những cơ quan vi phạm bị nêu tên chưa một lần phải giải trình về sự tùy tiện trong chi thường xuyên?

Đại biểu Quốc hội, Trưởng ban Tổ chức Trung ương Phạm Minh Chính cuối tuần trước đưa ra một ý tưởng khi Quốc hội thảo luận về dự án sân bay Long Thành. Ông Chính cho rằng, tiết kiệm chi thường xuyên chỉ 1% trong hai năm 2017-2018 sẽ có 20.000 tỉ đồng để giải phóng mặt bằng cho dự án khổng lồ này. Continue reading “Bộ máy đang được… nuôi như thế nào?”