Corruption has human rights consequences. That was the conclusion of a 2009 study by the International Council on Human Rights Policy and Transparency International and it is a conclusion that the 9th Circuit implicitly reached in Parada v. Sessions, a review of a dismissal of asylum case decided on August 29th, 2018. Despite the fact that such a conclusion enjoys widespread support, courts have been slow to recognize the relationship between corruption and human rights abuses. Parada v. Sessions represents an effort by the 9th Circuit to give legal cognizance to the corruption-human rights link. The holding of the case creates a blueprint that could have broad application outside of 9th Circuit immigration law jurisprudence.
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