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Afghanistan; United Nations: Aid to Combat Corruption

(Aug. 25, 2010) The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to create and put into effect a Code of Ethics and professional standards for prosecutors and to reform laws on corruption, to bring them into alignment with the U.N. Convention against Corruption. (UN Anti-Crime Agency Helps Afghanistan Combat Corruption, UN NEWS CENTRE (Aug. 20, 2010),; Convention website with links to the text in several languages, (last visited Aug. 20, 2010).)

The Code of Ethics was adopted in August 2009, following a three-year development process, including input from the UNODC, the U.S. Department of State, and consultations held throughout Afghanistan. It is designed to combine international standards and Afghan law and culture. The goal of the Code is to increase the professionalism and integrity of prosecutors, in order to work toward greater public trust in investigative procedures and prosecutions. It has a number of provisions on procedure for prosecutors, setting standards for their actions and establishing an internal mechanism for investigating and adjudicating complaints against prosecutors. UNODC will also support training for prosecutors throughout the country. (UN NEWS CENTRE, supra.)