Government's identification, documentation, investigation and penalty for corruption in Liberia have been subjected to a peer review mechanism under the mandate of the Geneva-based UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), according to Cllr. Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison, chair of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).
Cllr. Johnson-Allison made the disclosure Tuesday during a courtesy call to thank the management of the New Democrat newspaper for sustained reportage that enhanced the national surge against corruption.
She explained that the peer review mechanism aims at gauging the level of Liberia's compliance with the convention against corruption and the mechanisms being put in place to fight corruption in the country.
She said a technical team including professionals from diverse backgrounds was working on questionnaires submitted to LACC from UNCAC aimed at implementing the pier review mechanism.
"We want it to be as participatory as possible. So we invited the PUL, civil society organizations, representatives of institutions of integrity, as well as people in government cycle," she said.
After the questionnaires are returned to UNCAC, she said Benin and South Africa, who are also state parties to the anti-corruption convention, would peer review Liberia while Liberia and Timor-Leste will review Angola. She said the exercise is also intended to "know whether bribery is a crime under the local laws of countries being reviewed or whether or not they have a dedicated body to fight corruption."
The United Nations Convention against Corruption is a legally binding international anti-corruption instrument on signatory state parties, providing a unique opportunity to mount a global response to a global problem, she asserted. Adopted in October 2003 by the UN General Assembly, UNCAC is the first global framework to harmonize anti-corruption efforts worldwide. The 165 countries bound by UNCAC which came into force in December 2005, offers a global chance for change since it is widely recognized as the most promising initiative to curb the corruption worldwide. Meanwhile, she said the fight against corruption here was progressing with assets verification gradually taking root.