Canada and two other countries support the creation of an anti-corruption tribunal

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Canada and two other countries support the creation of an anti-corruption tribunal

The new anti-corruption court would operate in the same way as the International Criminal Court, but there would be some improvements.

Canada, the Netherlands and Ecuador backed proposals on Monday. calls for the creation of a global anti-corruption tribunal, saying it would help fight “kleptocrats” at the head of governments.

The foreign ministers of these three countries have backed a campaign to create an anti-corruption tribunal that its proponents say would operate similarly to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

< p class="e-p">Such a tribunal will provide the international community with an additional tool to enforce existing anti-corruption laws, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra wrote on Twitter after meeting in The Hague, a Dutch city that home to a multitude of world courts.

Some US$2 trillion in procurement spending worldwide is lost to corruption each year, according to UN figures.

Judge US principal Mark Wolf, who leads the campaign, said the court will focus on the most senior officials and the people they bribe.

The culture of eliminating corruption starts at the top, he said during a panel discussion on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting.

Some 189 parties, including 181 countries, have signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which aims to put an end to these reprehensible practices in the world.

Yet kleptocrats enjoy impunity because they control the administration of justice in the countries they rule, Mr. Wolf said.

This court could be a place where very brave whistleblowers could, for example, give evidence if they cannot do so in the countries where they live, he added.

However, supporters of the tribunal have admitted that there is still a long way to go before it becomes a reality and that it will have to overcome pitfalls similar to those encountered by the ICC.

The ICC, created in 2002 to try the worst atrocities committed in the world, does not have the capacity, for example, to x27;arrest suspects and relies on its member states to do so, with varying success.

We want to look at what worked and what didn't work and what the next steps might be, Maja Groff, senior treaty adviser for Integrity Initiatives International, the NGO behind the project, told the panel. 27;call for the creation of the anti-corruption court.

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