Friday, 28 December 2012
Anti-corruption vs Individual Rights
"Everybody knows" that corruption is a huge problem in Africa. Like so many other (non-evidence-based) assessments, Africa knows this, too. So, fighting corruption is a high priority. Especially fighting corruption of former regimes. To be fair, this is quite often necessary. But all those rights-based groups advocating anti-corruption activities can sometimes be a little over-zealous or at least encourage over-zealous (empty?) shows of commitment from aid-recipient governments. Perhaps this is not the case in the case of the former first lady of Zambia but there is a definite need for more debate on the balance between individual rights and anti-corruption activities and at what point it is justifiable to hold someone's property for months and even years without presenting any evidence of wrong-doing.