MPs ratify the Convention against Corruption and the Interior
Ministry vows to fight it
In November 2009, the House of Representatives approved Bahrain’s
joining the UN Convention against Corruption. After a lengthy discussion,
MPs criticized the spread of corruption in the State, especially
the fact that revenues of sold lands were not included in the State’s
budget. The Convention aims to prevent and combat corruption, promote
integrity and accountability and achieve correct administration
for public properties. It also stresses the importance of basic
values, respecting the rule of law, transparency and accountability.
The Convention provides a new framework for active work and includes
a number of standards and procedures which all countries can implement
in order to promote their legal system.
On the same level, the Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdualla
Al Khalifa saw the spread of corruption as an obstacle facing development
which leaves negative effects on all fields economically, socially
as well as on the security of the country. He added that in order
to protect Bahrain’s reputation and public money and in order to
achieve the principles of justice and equality, his Ministry will
introduce a section for combating corruption by following legal
means to detect, follow up and bring those responsible to justice,
as well as establishing a hotline for complaints and comments on
corruption issues and taking the necessary procedures.