Defending Frameworks Under Attack
United Nations Treaty bodies and special procedures have noted the link between corruption and human rights, stating that where corruption is widespread, human rights are subject to abuse. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a crucial tool to curb such corruption, and the fight against corruption is central to the protection of human rights.
Congress initially enacted the FCPA to bring such practices to a halt and to restore public confidence in the integrity of the American business system. Thus, the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA make it unlawful for a U.S. person and certain foreign issuers to make corrupt payments to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business for or with, or directing business to, any person. Since implementing legislation enacted in 1998, the FCPA also applies to foreign firms and persons who take any act in furtherance of such a corrupt payment while in the US.
ICAR, working together with civil society partners, works to defend the FCPA from amendment and attack.
Analysis and Updates From This Initiative
14 November 2012
Guidance Should Satisfy Critics of Government Anti-Bribery Prosecutions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2012 WASHINGTON, DC – Civil society organizations welcomed today’s release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new guidance for businesses onRead More…
21 May 2012
On May 16, 2012, ICAR along with other leading civil society organizations submitted a letter to leadership at the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our letter provided further insights, analysis and commentary on critical issuesRead More…
13 January 2012
ICAR along with more than 30 civil society and business groups, including human rights and anticorruption organizations, sent a letter to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate expressing their opposition to any efforts to amendRead More…
12 October 2011
20 September 2011
Date: September 2011 Source: Open Society Foundations This report examines the current efforts in Washington, D.C., to amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a law that forbids U.S.-based companies from bribing foreign officials. Busting Bribery: Sustaining the Global Momentum of theRead More…