Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), a Member of the House Intelligence Committee and Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, introduced today a resolution encouraging the development of an effective, independent international anti-corruption court (IACC). An IACC would serve as a check on systemic corruption when it overwhelms domestic checks and balances.

Kleptocracy creates economic, humanitarian, and governance challenges globally, which undermine the rule of law and deprive millions of people of billions of dollars that their governments could have spent helping them. Supporting an IACC would build on U.S. leadership in the fight against global corruption and complement existing anti-corruption institutions. Appropriately crafted, an IACC could serve as a new option for victims of kleptocracy once domestic options have been exhausted.

“Kleptocracy is a global scourge that siphons billions of dollars from government coffers, derails programs meant to help the most vulnerable, and makes it harder to fight urgent transnational threats,” Rep. Speier said. “An IACC promises to help hold corrupt leaders accountable when they have hollowed out domestic checks and balances. U.S. support for an IACC would also build on America’s long history leading the fight against global kleptocracy and assure our allies and adversaries that we remain at the forefront of ensuring a more just and peaceful world.”

“Kleptocracy and corruption undermine human rights and the rule of law all over the world, destroying the hopes and dreams of millions of people. What’s worse, corrupt leaders and their enablers get away with stealing thanks to the entrenched impunity that protects them. It’s time to change that,” said Rep. McGovern. “We need to consider new approaches to accountability like an international anti-corruption court. What we’ve achieved so far just isn’t enough.”

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