Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice

Power to the peaceful;

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“The lesson from Curtailing Corruption is that citizen action can be a powerful force anywhere. There is much to be learned from this pioneering book.”   —Brian Martin, openDemocracy

From the Introduction by Shaazka Beyerle

“Little did I know in August 2004 that a trip to Ankara, Turkey, would change the course of my professional life. The setting was the New Tactics in Human Rights Symposium, organized by the ever-innovative Center for Victims of Torture. 1 While speaking on a panel discussion, “Mass Actions for Public Participation,” a fellow panelist riveted all of us in the room. He told us about a campaign in Turkey in 1997 that mobilized an estimated 30 million people—yes, 30 million—to fight endemic corruption and linkages between crime syndicates, arms traffickers, the state, the private sector, and the media. The campaign was the One Minute of Darkness for Constant Light, and the speaker was Ersin Salman, one…

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