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Corruption and human rights are closely associated with each other. Corruption is detrimental to all areas and aspects of human well-being, in particular the human rights held by all individuals. Thus, the effective protection and guarantee of human rights necessarily includes mitigating systemic problems such as corruption. The Module addresses the complex interplay between corruption and human rights. It stresses the value of making an explicit connection between corruption and human rights, which have commonly been considered separate fields. The Module explores various approaches to understanding the corruption–human rights nexus. It discusses examples of the ways in which corruption violates specific human rights and examines the debate on whether corruption should be recognized as a human rights violation. It also addresses the argument that anti-corruption measures can themselves pose human rights problems.


Learning outcomes

  • Explain how corruption affects the protection and enjoyment of human rights
  • Identify specific human rights that can be violated by corruption and explain how that happens 
  • Describe the different linkages between human rights and corruption, both conceptually and practically 
  • Understand and critically discuss the human rights-based approach to corruption
  • Provide examples of ways in which the promotion of human rights and the fight against corruption are mutually reinforcing 
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