Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged states parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to take steps to review the convention in a manner that will ensure that victims of corruption receive appropriate remedies and compensation for the devastating effects it causes disadvantaged groups.
In a presentation by SERAP Executive Director, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni, to the convention in Vienna, Austria last Thursday, the organisation said that, “Both articles 34 and 35 of the convention which require states to address the consequences of corruption and pay compensation to victims seem to give considerable latitude to countries in determining the parameters of their application by subjecting these to the fundamental principles of the state’s domestic law.
“The problem is, there are huge gaps in the laws of many states, including my own country, Nigeria, that has failed to effectively implement these provisions despite the fact that Nigeria has ratified the convention,” the organization stated to the gathering of the states’ delegates known as the International Review Group.
The Implementation Review Group held its fourth session in Vienna, Austria, from May 27 to 31. The group was established by the conference of the states’ parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, in its resolution 3/1, entitled Review Mechanism, as an open-ended inter-governmental group of states’ parties, to operate under its authority and report to it. The group’s mandate is to ensure effective implementation of the convention.
According to the organisation, “articles 34 and 35 provisions are far reaching, and will undoubtedly enhance deterrence by creating additional weapons: civil and administrative sanctions, but their potential will not be realized unless states exercise the required political will to make necessary changes in their laws.”