Suriname Parliament passes corruption law

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SEPTEMBER 2 2017

Suriname’s National Assembly on Wednesday night passed the Anti-Corruption law, new legislation that is supposed to help fight dishonest behaviour among civil servants. It comes as the country remains ranked among the list of “very corrupt” countries.

The law was proposed three years ago. Lengthy discussions followed, during which – for instance – acting Justice and Police Minister Ferdinand Welzijn explained that it was intended to work preventively.
The Explanatory Notes regarding the bill point out that for a proper functioning of the democracy it is important that civilians trust Government. “This trust is damaged when civil servants are guilty of forms of corruption. It is from these people especially that the society expects integrity and that they work in the interest of developing the country.”