Press release 10th Jun 2020

Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

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June 10, 2020 – Transparency International is a global movement sharing one vision: a world free from corruption where entrusted power is not abused for personal gain. We stand in solidarity with those demanding justice, equality, accountability and an end to racism worldwide following the death of George Floyd in the United States.

There are striking parallels between many of the conditions that are needed to defeat corruption globally and the conditions needed to achieve racial justice and equality. Public servants and services must act with the highest levels of integrity and work equally for all members of society, and civil space must be protected so that all voices are heard and acted upon. These conditions are rightly being demanded by protestors in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere in response to the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of police officers in Minneapolis.

In the United States, black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. In 99% of police killings between 2013-2019, the officers involved were not charged with a crime. In Transparency International’s 2017 Global Corruption Barometer opinion poll, close to a third of black Americans viewed the police as highly corrupt, compared to a fifth of the total population.

We need better standards that govern access to, and the exercise of power, in all of its forms. Just as corruption will not be defeated without these measures, neither will inequality. Minority groups are often those most harmed by abuse of power, itself facilitated by a lack of transparency and accountability.

 

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