OAS head calls on greater international cooperation to combat corruption

The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, called on greater international cooperation to fight corruption, state news agency Andina reported.

“Extradition, combating money laundering, the recovery of assets, and denying entry to corrupt civil servants and those that corrupt, are actions that we should adopt,” said Insulza.

Insulza made the comments during the inauguration of a conference titled “Advances and Challenges in Hemispheric Cooperation against Corruption,” which is part of the OAS’ general assembly being held in Lima from June 6-8.

“Corruption is one of the main topics in the collective agenda of the OAS,” said Insulza. “With corruption there can’t be true democracy, because corruption tries to replace popular will and subordinate the state of law to the power of money.”

“Many studies demonstrate that the main victims of corruption are the poorest sectors of society,” he added.

Insulza also called on a greater transparency for financing of political parties and campaigns, as well as more responsibility from the business sector in order to combat corruption.

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