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[PASSED] Convention on Foreign Political Corruption

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General Assembly Proposal
ID: auralia_1522805828

Convention on Foreign Political Corruption

A resolution to increase democratic freedoms.

Category: Furtherment of Democracy

Strength: Significant

Proposed by: auralia__400784t2.pngAuralia

Recalling this Assembly's previous efforts to improve governmental accountability and transparency in member states,

Affirming this Assembly's commitment to combating political bribery across international borders,

Alarmed in particular by the practice of individuals or businesses employing political bribery in a member state to obtain or maintain business in that member state,

Seeking to prohibit such practices,

The General Assembly,

 

  1. Defines "political bribery", for the purposes of this resolution, as participating, whether directly or indirectly, in the provision of anything of value, including but not limited to money, goods, or services, to:

    1. an individual or entity performing public duties in a member state or its subdivisions, in order to influence the individual or entity to act in a manner contrary to their public duties, or

    2. an official of the government of, an official of a political party in, or a candidate for political office in a member state or its subdivisions, in order to:

      1. influence any action of that official or candidate taken when acting in their present or future official capacity, or

      2. influence the official or candidate to in turn influence any action of the government of their member state or its subdivisions;

       

     

  2. Prohibits member states from engaging in political bribery in any other member state, except where the member state is explicitly permitted to do so by the laws or regulations of that other member state;

  3. Requires member states to prohibit any individual or entity subject to the jurisdiction of a member state, including but not limited to:

    1. residents, nationals, and citizens of the member state, and

    2. businesses and other organizations incorporated in, based in, operating in, or otherwise associated with the member state,

    from engaging in political bribery in any other member state, except where the individual or entity is explicitly permitted to do so by the laws or regulations of that other member state;

  4. Urges member states to take particular care to enforce the provisions of this resolution against individuals and businesses under their jurisdiction who engage in political bribery in a target member state in order to obtain or maintain business in that target member state;

  5. Clarifies that nothing in this resolution affects the regulation of purely domestic political bribery;

  6. Further clarifies that nothing in this resolution prohibits member states from taking any action required to protect vital national security interests during serious international disputes or times of war.

This one quickly reached quorum and will go to vote soon.

Discussion on this seems to have happened last autumn and Auralia dug it up and directly submitted it. An earlier resolution on this topic existed but was later repealed partly also on the ground that it was too broad and domestic bribery policy should not be regulated internationally.

This current proposal limits itself to purely international political bribery (clause 5) while further exempting cases of national security, international conflict and war (clause 6).

The definitions look clean and the scope is purely international. While I am not terribly excited about this, I find it hard to find much to criticize. It is a bit limited in its scope but that is intentional and probably for the better. Therefore I'd recommend to vote by personal preference / with the region.

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1 hour ago, Overthinkers said:

I have to actually make an IC voting decision on a GA resolution? What is this nonsense?

Convincing foreign politicians with the help of some tastefull gifts that your way of seeing the world is objectively optimal is obviously an action for the betterment of the whole universe. Therefore you should vote against this!

Better? :P

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