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The DR is ranked second after Mexico in corruption in Latin America

Corruption is on the rise in Latin America. According to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer, People and Corruption: Latin America and the Caribbean Index, 71% of those polled in the Dominican Republic thought that the level corruption had increased. 59% felt that their government was not doing enough to tackle corruption. 62% of those polled in the Dominican Republic answered that corruption had risen in the 12 months prior to when they were polled.

46% of those polled by Transparency International in the Dominican Republic said they had to pay a bribe when they had accessed basic public services in the previous 12 months. Country bribery rate was only higher in Mexico with 51%.

On the positive side, the poll revealed that 70% said that in the Dominican Republic it is socially acceptable to report a case of corruption. Nevertheless, the same poll determined that while reporting corruption was in theory seen as socially acceptable across most of the region, in practice few people actually reported corruption when they experienced it.

Over the region, only 1 in 10 said they had reported a case of bribery to the authorities. And 28% of those who reported experienced retaliation. Nevertheless, 72% said that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption.

Transparency International reported that based on the responses, the citizens of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela felt corruption was a major problem. Respondents in these countries gave negative ratings across four of the five corruption indicators. Rates of bribery were high, the police were perceived to be highly corrupt and citizens were not satisfied with government efforts to address corruption and the change in the level of corruption over the previous 12 months. “This suggests real and urgent corruption risks in these countries, which will require joined up action by all levels of government and civil society,” reports TI in the conclusions for the new report from the Global Corruption Barometer series that is based on surveys with over 22,000 citizens living in 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

https://www.transparency.org/news/fe…_the_caribbean

Source: DR1

Oct 11, 2017

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