Canadian Task Force Against Global Corruption
Combatting Grand Corruption Internationally
The bad governance that so often causes forced displacement is almost always associated with corruption. Grand corruption weakens and distracts governments, making it less likely that they will meet their responsibility to protect their own population. Furthermore, corruption discourages donors, compounding the difficulty in funding efforts to assist refugees and the internally displaced.
WRMC addressed the scourge of corruption in A Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System, stressing accountability and proposing that when stolen funds are found offshore, they ought not only to be frozen but also confiscated and re-purposed for the benefit of the displaced, as proposed in the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act Bill now before the Canadian Senate.
WRMC has also become deeply involved in the global effort to promote the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC) and succeeded in persuading both major political parties in Canada to include the proposal in their election platforms, as well as in the December 2021 Mandate Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Task Force has two key priorities:
- Promote the Foreign Assets Repurposing Act, which has now had a second reading as a private member’s bill in the Senate as a complement to existing Magnitsky legislation and the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.
- Advocate for the creation of the IACC in close collaboration with our US partner, Integrity Initiatives International.
News & Resources
- Combating Corruption Internationally a Top Foreign Policy Priority for Canadians
- Canadians overwhelmingly support an International Anti-Corruption Court
- Communiqué de presse : Le Conseil mondial pour les réfugiés et la migration lance un groupe de travail canadien de haut niveau contre la corruption mondiale
- An international court to crack down on corruption — Peter MacKay, The National Post
- Canada Should Lead in Creating an International Court to Fight Corruption — Lloyd Axworthy and Fen Osler Hampson, Toronto Star
- Projet de loi S-217 : Loi sur la réaffectation de certains biens saisis, bloqués ou mis sous séquestre
- Repurposing Frozen Assets to Assist the Forcibly Displaced — Research Paper
- Lettre de mandat de la ministre des Affaires étrangères
- Declaration in Support of the Creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court —Integrity Initiatives International
- Deterring Kleptocracy Demands an International Anti-Corruption Court — Susana Malcorra and Ian J. Lynch, Global Governance Forum
- Wholesale Corruption Causing a Democracy Deficit — Fen Hampson, Diplomat Magazine
- World Needs Canada to Champion an International Anti-corruption Court — Farid Rohani, Toronto Star
- Taking the Climate Crisis Seriously Requires Ambitious Anti-Corruption Solutions — Ian J. Lynch and Maja Groff, The Diplomat