Why is the OECD worried about the future of Brazil’s anti-corruption fight?

The OECD will send its Working Group on Bribery to Brazil later this year, and there are concerns that the country is backsliding on its anti-corruption fight
Anti-corruption protest in Rio de Janeiro (June 30, 2019). Photo: Tatiane Silva

After years of pursuing efforts to fight corruption, Brazil is at risk of a backslide, which could get in the way of the country’s bid to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to its Working Group on Bribery (WGB).

The WGB—one of the OECD’s 300 committees and working groups—is sending a mission to Brazil as early as November to “reinforce the message that law enforcement’s capacity to investigate and prosecute foreign bribery should be preserved.” 

The decision has been propelled by concerns with the “Abuse of Office Act,” a piece of legislation aimed at...

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