Membership resolves to counter democratic…

Transparency International’s annual membership meeting, held virtually November 6-7, passes two resolutions and elects new board members

Expressing concern at the continued democratic setback around the world, Transparency International’s Annual Meeting of Members in 2021 decides to speak out against the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Democracy has been one of the victims of the pandemic,” reads the resolution adopted today by the movement. Representatives of Transparency International noted that governments around the world continue to abuse executive powers and restrict civil liberties under the guise of the public health emergency.

In this vein, members’ second resolution calls on governments to respect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms in their efforts to fight corruption. Noting that the abuse of human rights compromises the sustainability of anti-corruption reforms, members say that the fight against corruption is incompatible with the abuse and neglect of basic human rights. Transparency International also urges governments to fight corruption as a means of tackling human rights violations.

These two resolutions come at a crucial time and a month before the Summit for Democracy – hosted by the United States government – in which the leaders of more than 100 countries would be invited to participate.

Addressing members, Transparency International President Delia Ferreira Rubio said:

“The strategy of Transparency International, Power to take into account, combines our common itinerary for the fight against corruption by 2030, while adapting to the different political and socio-economic contexts. Two urgent issues are imperative to this agenda: the defense of civic space and the strengthening of the rule of law. Autocratic regimes and even democratic nations have used the pandemic as an excuse to undermine good governance, the rule of law, and restrict freedoms and information in ways we have never seen before. Transparency International will not shy away from our responsibility to fight such abuses, and we will work together to reverse these dangerous trends. ”

The 2021 annual membership meeting also confirmed the appointment of the first-ever independent board member, Geo-Sung Kim (South Korea). Following an election, three vacant seats on the Board of Directors were also filled.

The newly elected members of Transparency International’s Board of Directors are:

  • Dion Abdol. Dion chairs the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Transparency, contributing to its legal advisory center as well as business and youth integrity programs. As a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the corporate sector, Dion’s expertise ranges from commercial law to governance and public procurement. Among other accomplishments, he has worked on the development of electronic procurement systems, online whistleblower platforms and various governance manuals.
  • Eka Gigauri. Eka joins the Board of Directors, having served a one-year term as a member in 2019-2020. She has been the Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia since 2011. Eka has been instrumental in building civil society coalitions to advocate for rule of law and good governance reforms in Georgia. A virulent activist, Eka has often been the target of disinformation and defamation campaigns. In his previous role at the Georgia Border Police Agency, Eka oversaw impactful and lasting anti-corruption reforms in law enforcement.
  • Alberto Precht. Alberto has been the Executive Director of Chile Transparente since 2014 and, following his re-election at the 2021 annual meeting of members, he will serve on the board of directors of Transparency International for a second term. Alberto’s expertise covers transparency, access to information, open government and administrative law. Previously, he chaired the Transparency Commission of the General Secretariat of the Chilean Ministry of the Presidency and headed a Mi Voz media network.
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