Brazil has worsened two places in the global corruption rankings, according to the poll conducted by Transparency International and published this morning (25) Tuesday.
Of the 180 countries analyzed, Brazil ranked 96th in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) last year. In 2020, it was in 94th place. The better the standings in the ranking, the less corrupt the country is.
On a scale of 0 to 100 points, Brazil reached 38 points – the third worst score in the historical series and the same score as in the previous edition.
Brazil underperformed the world average (43 points), the Latin American and Caribbean countries (41 points) and the countries that make up the G20 (66 points).
In Transparency International’s report, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand had the highest scores (all with 88 points). Then came Norway, Singapore and Sweden (85 points).
The worst evaluations were recorded by Venezuela (14 points), Somalia and Syria (13 points) and South Sudan (11 points).
What explains Brazil’s performance
Transparency International states that Brazil “is stagnating at a very poor level in terms of the perception of corruption in the public sector” and notes that the actions of the federal government, the National Congress and the judiciary “have led to setbacks in the legal sphere and the institutional framework to combat corruption of the country.”
“Brazil is witnessing a rapid deterioration of the democratic environment and an unprecedented dismantling of its capacity to fight corruption,” says Bruno Brandao, Executive Director of Transparency International Brazil.
“These are the legal and institutional frameworks that took decades to build. This has even more serious consequences because it occurs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when transparency and control of public resources must be prioritized to ensure their proper use in the face of human tragedy.”
The organization has highlighted, in recent years, the condemnation of the weakness of the fight against corruption, in the face of Anti-democratic lies President Jair Bolsonaro, for example. Transparency International also highlighted its investigations CPI to Covid And the relationships created between the federal government and Congress through the so-called secret budget.
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Finally, the entity also notes that failure to combat corruption is detrimental to human rights in countries. Last year, 17 human rights defenders in Brazil were signed on.
“Corruption leads to abuses and creates a vicious cycle in which rights and freedoms are eroded, democracy loses its momentum, and authoritarianism gains ground,” says Nicole Ferrillo, Director of Support and Anti-Corruption at Transparency International Brazil.
He adds, “Therefore, fighting corruption is not just a detail when it comes to human rights. It is an inevitable battle to secure rights.”
The IPC was established in 1995, and underwent a systematic review in 2012. The index consists of 13 surveys and expert assessments produced by internationally recognized institutions. To build the index, Transparency International analyzes the results of questions from these surveys, which address the concept of corruption in the public sector.
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