GYV holds panel discussion on corruption at UN Office in Vienna

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) held a panel discussion on the fight against corruption at the UN Office in Vienna over the weekend.
The discussion, titled and”Fight against Corruption from the Perspective of Equal Opportunity,and” was held as part of the 24th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).
The panel, jointly organized by the GYV and the Vienna-based Friede Dialogue Institute, was led by the GYVand’s UN representative Yasemin Aydin and attended by political scientist Ahmet Erdi andOztandurk from Ljubljana University and iitar GandOzaydin, a professor of law and politics at Doiui University.
GYV Vice President Handuseyin Hurmali, who delivered the opening speech of the discussion, which drew a large number of international guests, said one of the most important problems of world politics is that social justice has not been achieved.
He said holding a discussion on the relationship between social justice and corruption, which he said is one of the enemies of social justice, under the roof of the UN is very meaningful.
During his speech, andOztandurk stressed that corruption, one of the most important reasons there is inequality and a lack of social justice, is used by politicians in anti-democratic countries for their personal interests.
andOztandurk also listed justifications frequently expressed by the politicians who are involved in corruption. He said these politicians claim that they are using the nationand’s resources and”for the nation.and”
GandOzaydin provided some theories on corruption in Turkey, which has been increasingly discussed since a major graft operation erupted on Dec. 17-25, 2013, implicating senior members of the government.
The professor, who is one of the founders of the human rights organization Helsinki Citizensand’ Assembly, noted that the government has been using the judiciary as its instrument in the wake of these probes, stressing that such practices are only seen in authoritarian regimes.
In her presentation titled, and”Tandurkiyeand’de siyasi yolsuzluklarin geliiimiandquot (Development of political corruption in Turkey), GandOzaydin recalled: and”On Dec.17 [2013], Turkey was shaken by a corruption scandal that involved the inner circle of [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As the tapes of phone conversations recorded as part of the investigation spread over social media, it has become clear that this new level of corruption has become systematic and institutionalized.and”
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is accused of by many of trying to create a partisan judiciary after the publicizing of the corruption probe in 2013 in order to cover up its actions and prevent further investigations.
The GYV is the only civil society organization in Turkey that has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman