Corruption in government, politics and business is a big problem all over the world. It is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
It can be classified as grand, petty or political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
In Costa Rica, it is frequently reported on in the news as being rampant there, and it is at the forefront of discussion these days with a presidential election taking place in February. All of the CR presidential candidates vow to put astop to it in the country. Whether that happens has yet to be seen.
Our goal is to educate, and to "Blow the Whistle" on organized crime and corruption in Costa Rica and elsewhere.
Corruption corrodes the fabric of society. It undermines people’s trust in political and economic systems, institutions and leaders. It can cost people their freedom, health, money – and sometimes their lives.
Transparency means to shed a light on shady deals, weak or lack of enforcement of rules. It's means shedding light on illicit practices that undermine government, businesses and society in general.
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World Bank International Court Case: US Investors Sue Government of Costa Rica Under CAFTA Free Trade Agreement for Breach of Treaty Terms and Conditions.
The case is entitled David Aven et el vs the Republic of Costa Rica, ICSID Case No. UNCT/15/3. Videos and information here are from the CAFTA Arbitration hearing held in Washington, D.C. in December of 2016. A ruling is expected in the first quarter of 2018.
Costa Rican government officials fabricated lies about U.S. citizens who were developing a beach homes project and charged them criminally under environmental codes, shutting down the project.
These U.S. citizens had received full approvals and permits for their multi-million dollar project from the government over many years of regulatory review and at great expense. The prosecutor and other officials involved ignored this, and the project was shut down and the developers were criminally charged without evidence, or proof of intent that a crime was committed. All of this as done in total disregard to Costa Rica law, and basic human rights.