Protest rally in Baku, May 30, 2016. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the Caucasian Knot

30 January 2019, 11:11

Transparency International sharply drops Azerbaijani rating in the Corruption Perception Index

The "Transparency International" (TI) has downgraded Azerbaijan in the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) – by six points against 2017.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in 2017 the TI placed Azerbaijan in the 122nd place among 180 countries in the CPI.

The Index is based on 13 studies and expert assessments, aimed at measuring the corruption level in the state sector of 180 countries and territories. Each of them gets a rating from zero (a very high corruption level) to 100 (a very low corruption level), the TI's press release explains.

The 2018 CPI demonstrates the absence of progress in the fight on corruption in most countries, the TI has concluded.

As stated in the report, the Azerbaijan's CPI has dropped sharply by six points – from 31 in 2017 to 25 in 2018. Azerbaijan dropped from the 122nd to the 152nd place among 180 countries of the world.

"The decline is due to the continuing harassment of the civil society and independent journalists," the report says.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 30, 2019 at 01:33 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medzhid Source: CK correspondent

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