The newly created Venezuelan Anti-Corruption Legal Assistance Office, is the first space in which civil society can provide both citizens and government entities with tools to fight corruption.
“Amongst countries of the Americas, Venezuela occupies the lowest position in the Corruption Perceptions Index with 2.0 out of 10; in the Latin American Index of Budgetary Transparency it also comes in last place with 33 out of 100, and within the Rule of Law Index study generated by The World Justice project it again falls in one of the lowest positions in the Americas Region, and this is repeated in a number of other studies which demonstrates just how urgently action needs to be taken.”
What can the Venezuelan Legal Assistance Office do?
- Guide citizens if their case relates to corruption and identify possible actions to take.
- Support citizens with the preparation of actions to be taken (request for information, reporting, administrative procedures, etc).
- Track cases and document their progress.
- Present reports aimed at institutional strengthening of the organisms involved.
- Provide services that are free and maintain Citizen Confidentiality.
What can’t the Office do?
- Take a position on the case.
- Report on behalf of the citizen.
- Represent victims in court.
- Investigate the case.
Take over the role of the state in its function to investigate and prosecute.
To learn more about Transparencia Venezuela and its new Legal Assistance Office, check out: http://blog.transparency.org/2011/07/20/venezuela-at-last-a-solution-to-corruption/