Ensure the Independence and Effectiveness of the Anti-corruption Commission sign now

We the citizens of Bangladesh are deeply concerned that on 26 April 2010 the Cabinet of Ministers of your Excellency's Government approved a set of amendments to the Anti-corruption Act which, if adopted in the Parliament, will significantly curtail the independence and effectiveness of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC). This will also mark a failure of the Government to meet the specific election pledge to effectively control corruption.

We, therefore, join hands with Transparency International Bangladesh and others in appealing to you to kindly reconsider the proposed amendments, refrain from adopting these in the Parliament, and take effective measures to ensure the independence and effectiveness of the ACC.

Our response to the proposals approved by the Cabinet:
1. Corruption in all sectors - political, administrative, corporate, NGOs, and individual - should be treated on equal footing and must be within the jurisdiction of the ACC. Exclusion of any particular sector, especially the public service will be discriminatory and counter-productive to the objective of making corruption a punishable offence. We therefore urge upon the Government to ensure that corruption in the public service remains within the jurisdiction of the ACC with no need for prior permission. Offences committed in good faith, if any, should be determined in the Court of Law, not through any blanket waiver;

2. The proposal to make the Commission accountable to the President would not meet the objective of accountability. The ACC should rather be made accountable to a Judicial Committee of the Supreme Court. Alternately, the ACC could be reportable to a Parliamentary Committee composed of one member each of all parties represented in the Parliament, provided that such members are known for highest levels of credibility, integrity and honesty;

3. The proposal to take away the authority of the ACC to appoint its Secretary, and to vest it upon the Government will significantly curtail the Commission's operational independence and establish more direct control upon it. We, therefore appeal that the Commission must retain its authority to appoint the Secretary.

4. The proposal to introduce a new clause to provide for upto five years imprisonment for ill-motivated cases will work as a deterrent against taking action against corrupt activity. In view of the fact that such offences are in any case subject to legal action under conventional law, introduction of a specific provision in case of the ACC will only damage the prospect of making corruption a punishable offence.

5. We also appeal to you that true to the basic principle of participatory democracy the proposed amendments be opened to public information, debate and feedback before adopting in the Parliament.

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Latest Signatures

  • 09 January 2016416. Md Alinaserk
    I am very disheartened for this amendment. This is contradiction to the election pledge of the ruling govt. I am really disappointed. It is our moral responsibility to protect this amendment.
  • 09 January 2016415. Mohammad Abuh
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016414. Mak J
    Gov. show unjustice for their personal benefit. we want to see independent acc.
  • 02 January 2016413. Ferdous Ayers
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016412. Suzon Ware
    I refuge the amendmend
  • 20 December 2015411. Najmul I
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015410. Md Jakirh
    We want to see Anti-corrruption beautiful Bangladesh.
  • 05 December 2015409. Muhammad Khademurr
    I agree.
  • 30 November 2015408. Mohammad Sadath
    Govt. should stop these right now. it against their election promises
  • 29 November 2015407. Hasina Tujj
    ACC must be effective and independent
  • 16 November 2015406. Shahidul I
    We want independent ACC
  • 15 November 2015405. Hasan M
    yes we wanna see that Bangladesh is a total corruption free country of the world
  • 10 November 2015404. Karuna Kishorec
    Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, please kindly set good example giving proper independence to ACC. Please implement your election pledge as many of the citizens have good faith on you. Please try to be Champion in combatting corruption not in CPI.
  • 06 November 2015403. Rasel Landry
    I support it
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  • 17 October 2015399. Md Zahiduli
    I would like to see an independent & active Anti Corruption Corruption
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    I highly apprecited of TIB This type of campegin
  • 21 September 2015393. Shaheena S
    I am signing this petition as I want to see Bangladesh as a true democratic nation.
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