The UN Office on Drugs & Crime has published this report, saying that the the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) was adopted in 2003 and has reached near universal adherence, with 189 parties committing to the Convention’s anti-corruption obligations.
On 14 April, the FCPA Blog reported that the World Bank had barred Voith Hydro GmbH & Co KG (VHH) of Germany and China-based Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd from contracts it was involved over alleged collusive and corrupt practices connected to projects in Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The debarments also apply to contracts involving the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.
On 30 March, a report from Stable Seas, with the assistance of UNODC, examines the potential maritime radiological and nuclear trafficking risks posed by the multitude of small, traditional, and unregistered vessels plying the world’s oceans. The report specifically examines 4 geographic areas (Brazil, West Africa, the Red Sea, and Indonesia) to assess the risk these types of vessels pose for radiological and nuclear trafficking. It also proposes areas of potential policy prioritization that would increase maritime domain awareness around these kinds of vessels and mitigate the risk of their trafficking activity. One of its points is that, siince the vessels bypass screening and security measures at large formal ports, increased security measures at the sites utilised by such vessels would be beneficial. Screening at every ferry landing, local commercial port, fish landing site is logistically and financially unfeasible, but even more general security presence at the multitude of such sites could help deter their utilisation for trafficking.
In its 15 April edition, the Fiji Times reported that Russian superyacht Amadea is in police custody and will remain that way until investigations into allegations of money-laundering and undeclared materials are completed. Its owner, Russian national Suleiman Kerimov was charged with money laundering in 2018 but was cleared by a French court after the charges were dropped.