Twenty-second session of the Human Rights Council
25 February to 22 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.
For the first time the UN Human Rights Council held a panel discussion on the negative impact of corruption on human rights. The panel discussion benefited from a diverse and high profile panellist that led a robust discussion particularly looking at current challenges from a gender perspective and on the quality of human-rights relevant goods and services.
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