Corruption in Armenia: How to get out of the Situation

What are the pillars of fight against corruption? According to Mr. Karen Zadoyan, the Founding Member of the US Alumni Association of Armenia, AYLA President, Coordinator of the CSO’s Anti-Corruption Coalition Secretariat, the following are the three pillars: Anti-corruption education, prevention of corruption and punishment.

Today, Mr. Zadoyan introduced to the attention of the students of Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders the theme “Fight against Corruption in Armenia, Current Situation, Challenges and Prospects for Development.”

He spoke separately about the pillars and then mentioned that there are three groups of challenges in our country: first the low level of anti-corruption perception of the public hinders the struggle, in addition a high degree of corruption risks exists in Armenian legislation.

How to handle and get out of such situation? The recipe is as follows, “It is necessary to create a multi-functional anti-corruption body, criminalize the illicit enrichment and to legally guarantee and protect the rights of whistleblowers,” the AYLA President mentioned.

After the lecture the students split into three groups, and carried out group work.

Further, Advocate Mr. Marat, member of the AYLA Board, spoke about the role of anti-corruption education, its role and the beneficiaries.

He quoted famous leaders who fought against corruption. “There can be no real victory in our fight against corruption, if the attitude in the entire society does not change,” Mr. Atovmyan cited the word of the first Director of Hong Kong’s first independent Anti-Corruption Agency Mr. Jack Cutter.

Mr. Atovmyan also spoke about the methodology and international experience of anti-corruption education.

He introduced to the students’ attention anti-corruption cimices and assigned tasks.

The Armenian Young Lawyers Association” NGO organize the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders in the framework of the U.S. Alumni Outreach Grants Program with financial support of the US Embassy in Armenia. independent information website is the information partner of the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders.

Ms Lusine Mkrtchyan, Alumni Coordinator at the US Embassy in Armenia attended the event as well.

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