Young people act against corruption
On International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations (UN) in partnership with the National Anti-Corruption Centre, the Border Police, EU Border Assistance Mission in Moldova and Ukraine and the National Centre for Transparency and Human Rights organized an anti-corruption awareness campaign “NO to bribe”.
About 50 volunteers of the National Centre for Transparency and Human Rights and Youth Peer Educators, Y-PEER Moldova, assembled in the shopping mall “Malldova” and organized a performance (flash mob) promoting zero tolerance for corruption. They distributed bracelets with the message “NO to bribe” to the visitors of the shopping mall while the Border Police distributed them at the Chisinau International Airport, and Tudora and Palanca border checkpoints.
The students of the Law Faculty of the State University of Moldova answered to the questions of the people interested in the peculiarities and consequences of corruption. They informed them on what corruption is, the punishment for giving bribes, and where they can report corruption cases. On the same day, mobile operators in Moldova sent short text messages with the phone number of the hot line 257 257 where citizens can report corruption cases.
According to Transparency International Moldova, 80% of Moldovans believe that corruption is holding back the development of their country. They rank corruption third among the problems they face, after poverty and unemployment.
Artiom Maister, Director of the National Centre for Transparency and Human Rights, said that corruption affects the entire society in Moldova and youth have the power and potential to help prevent this phenomenon. “Youth can be an example of resistance to corruption and raise awareness among people. Education of youth to prevent and combat corruption can lead to development and dissemination of good practices at the level of all society”, Artiom Maister said.
These activities are part of an awareness campaign on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, marked annually on 9 December, aimed to inform people about the negative impact of corruption on society and importance of reporting the corruption cases to relevant institutions and bodies.
On 31 October 2003, the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day. The Republic of Moldova signed the Convention on 28 September 2004 and ratified it by Law nr.158-XVI on 6 July 2007. The International Anti-Corruption Day is an occasion to raise awareness of citizens on negative impact of corruption on society.
In this year’s message on the International Anti-Corruption Day, the UN Secretary General “calls on everyone to work towards a sustainable future where corruption is exposed and rejected, where integrity prevails, and where the hopes and dreams of millions are realized”.
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