In considering external operating risk, it has long been clear that corruption and negative human rights impacts correlate keenly. Underpaid doctors who require bribes before they will admit your child to a hospital immediately undermine your right to health. When an earthquake collapses buildings and causes fatalities, further investigation usually reveals that bribes were paid to dodge building regulations. The allocation and ownership of natural resources under kleptocratic regimes saps their nations’ ability to pay for social services, affecting the human rights of entire populations. Exploring how corruption undermines human rights — and the causal relationship between the two — is clearly an area meriting focused attention.
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