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    Report Lists Somalia, North Korea as World's Most Corrupt Countries

    Transparency International's Corruption Index 2015
    Transparency International's Corruption Index 2015
    Chris Hannas

    A new report lists Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan as the most highly corrupt nations on Earth.

    Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, relying on what it calls expert opinion from around the world to measure perceived levels of public sector corruption.

    Low scores mean more corruption, and the report gave Somalia and North Korea an eight, while putting Afghanistan at 11.

    No country scored a perfect 100, but a few came close, with Denmark at 91, and Finland and Sweden each at 90.

    'Blight' across globe

    Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, said the report shows corruption is still a "blight" across the globe.

    "But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption," he said. "People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: It is time to tackle grand corruption."

    Transparency International said more than 6 billion people -- the vast majority of the global population -- are living in countries "with a serious corruption problem."

    'Serious corruption problem'

    The worst performing region is sub-Saharan Africa. Botswana ranks as one of the better countries in the world with a 63, but the report says most of those countries have a "serious corruption problem."

    "In many countries, including low scorers Angola, Burundi and Uganda, we're seeing a failure to prosecute corrupt public officials on the one hand, and intimidation of citizens who speak out against corruption on the other," the report says. It calls on governments to make sure the rule of law applies to everyone.

    Among the most corrupt nations are countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are dealing with the battle against the Islamic State group and persistent political instability.

    Islamic State fighters seized large areas in Iraq and Syria in mid-2014 and have managed to remain in control of major cities despite international military efforts. The report gives Iraq a 16 and Syria an 18 in terms of public corruption.

    FILE - Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.
    FILE - Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.

    "The rise of ISIS and the ensuing fight against terrorism have been used by many governments as an excuse to crack down on civil liberties and civil society," Transparency International says, using an acronym for the militant group. "Far from helping, such an approach means that entrenched corrupt networks go unchallenged, often serving as yet further financial fodder for terrorism."

    Elsewhere in the region, the report scored Libya at 16, Jordan at 53 and noted improvements in Saudi Arabia, particularly with the expanded inclusion of women in politics, giving the country a 52 on the index.

    European rankings

    In Europe, Transparency International cited concerns about harsh restrictions on civil society and free media in low-scoring countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan.

    It also expressed worry about "marked deterioration" in Hungary, Macedonia, Spain and Turkey, saying each once had hope for positive change but now has growing corruption and shrinking democracy.

    The region has some of the least corrupt nations in the world, but the report says even leaders Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway have had major corruption cases in the past year.

    FILE - Jiang Jiemin, left, former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp., and Li Chuncheng, right, a former deputy party chief for the southwestern province of Sichuan, were both convicted on corruption charges in Hubei province, China.
    FILE - Jiang Jiemin, left, former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp., and Li Chuncheng, right, a former deputy party chief for the southwestern province of Sichuan, were both convicted on corruption charges in Hubei province, China.

    Asia, the report says, is a region united by corruption, yet shows little sign of taking action against it.

    "From campaign pledges to media coverage to civil society reforms, corruption dominates discussion."

    Japan easily tops Asian nations with a score of 75, while the index gives China a 37, 35 for the Philippines and 21 for both Cambodia and Myanmar.

    Transparency International says countries in the Americas need systemic reform, especially when it comes to making judiciaries free from political influence. It also calls for better regional cooperation to prevent corrupt individuals from hiding in another country.

    Canada at 83 is the region's top scorer, with the United States close behind at 76. Uruguay and Chile also score as some of the least corrupt nations, while Haiti and Venezuela rank near the bottom with scores of 17.

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    Comment Sorting
    by: Waheedullah from: Afghanistan
    January 27, 2016 7:10 PM
    It is important to give examples and proof's of your story / report.
    This report is saying corrupt nation instead of corrupt government which it self is not clear that on what base they have collected the data or have they just sat in their offices and written something which they dreamed over night?
    For me it will be interesting to know first what they call corruption I mean the definition of corruption according to the writer of this report. They have not mentioned a single conclusive evidence from Afghan nation, so how do they call the nation corrupt for me this is an abuse to the whole nation. We accept that the government in the last 14 years were corrupt but during the last year and now on going most corrupt people are jailed a very good example is the case of Kabul Bank the money is returned and the corrupts are sent to jails. It will be glad to receive an answer in this regard.

    by: Nikdik
    January 27, 2016 6:43 PM
    The US has to be the most corrupt. The Senate just passed a bill allowing the President the power to invade any country that has just one ISIS sympathizer. That's Nazi level tyranny.

    Don't even get me started with the political system. Business and politics are the same thing in America
    In Response

    by: Ed from: NJ
    January 27, 2016 9:48 PM
    Where is the evidence and justification for your nonsense and ridiculous comment?

    by: Kafantaris
    January 27, 2016 11:35 AM
    Power reveals itself in its insidious corruption of others. The only way to cure this is with relentless prosecution. And when the prosecutor or judge become corrupt, get an outsider to prosecute them as well.

    by: Mulham
    January 27, 2016 7:47 AM
    I come from Somalia. And so I read the article and refreshed my memories of that nasty past life in Somali. It's really one of the corrupt states in the modern world. Life was really bad there and I left the country 2 years ago. Presently I'm living in Belgium and (you won't believe it) I'm married to a charming Belgian girl, which is real luck for an African refugee here!

    Generally, we are welcomed kindly in Belgium. They are really helpful with finding the place to live and job to earn living. I take care of a big orchard in a country house of a rich family. It's much better here than in Somali. Unfortunately it'll take lots of time to subdue corruption in Somalia and make life better there. So better try your luck in Europe just like me.
    In Response

    by: najiib from: srs
    January 28, 2016 3:16 PM
    I am really astonished because knowing that your country is corrupted or one of the worst corrupted countries in wold you are advertising me the life of another country that you live in as a refuge instead of trying to get ride of this problems.So why don't you ask your self who the hell else coming to your country and make it a comfortable and free from corruption

    by: bretzky from: canada
    January 27, 2016 6:28 AM
    "In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and others, governments are restricting, if not totally stifling, civil society and free media." This statement describes the USA perfectly right now, and everyone on the other side of the world knows it. I hope no one buys this garbage!

    by: Bill from: Hong Kong
    January 27, 2016 3:09 AM
    For a change, China beats Japan for a better score this time when Japan stands on the top among Asian countries with a score of 75 while China is 37 in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world.

    by: a kumar from: india
    January 27, 2016 2:56 AM
    What is the mind of a 3 yrs old child? It is 100% monkey mind. By adulthood it may convert to 100% human mind or positive mind.Similarly if a ruler of a country is 80% monkey mind then it is a poor country and it will take years to become rich country provided its ruler convert to 90% human mind with honesty.In some countries rulers are dynasties and in some countries rulers are elected by people. So the alertness of public mind also counts how much % monkey mind or human mind to become that country rich or poor. You can set examples yourself.

    by: Regula from: USA
    January 27, 2016 1:29 AM
    One more corrupt report to push the policies of the USA. When so little is known about North Korea - how could anyone assess how corrupt North Korea is with any credibility! But the US of course wants to vilify North Korea beyond anything in an endless effort to topple its leader with any means, legal or illegal. This assessment of North Korea's level of corruption is about as credible as the CIA produced copies of Nazi horror stories called "witness statements" of North Korean dissidents who fled to South Korea. Sad that any NGO sells itself to serve US interests. The most corrupt government is really the US government.

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