“The Poorer is the Country, the More it is Corrupt”: Karen Zadoyan

What are the main challenges of the modern world in the fight against corruption? AYLA President Karen Zadoyan spoke about this for the students of Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders and discussed the issue with them.

According to him the main challenges can be divided into three groups: low level of political will, impunity and poverty.

Mr. Zadoyan, spoke about the instruments that are aimed at solving these problems and have been introduced in international anti-corruption institutions.

He said that to fight against the first two challenges we should be guided by international legal instruments among which The UN Convention against Corruption; other anti-corruption conventions; Jakarta Statement on Principles for Anti-Corruption Agencies, Kuala Lumpur Statement on Anti-Corruption Strategies, and a number of other international legal instruments.

“These documents define the anti-corruption agencies, strategies, principles and requirements for acceptance, which from the legal aspect will increase political and legal perspectives to contribute to the elimination of impunity,” the AYLA President said, and added that the establishment of international anti-corruption networks, which investigate the corrupt transactions and corruption occurrences also contributing to the elimination of corruption and impunity. The lecturer referred to the example of disclosure of the scandal around the FIFA as the efficiency ratio of such networks.

The third challenge, and the most significant one is poverty. “It hampers the anti-corruption education, and this is also fertile ground for the flourishing of corruption,” Mr. Zadoyan stressed.

From this aspect he presented the examples of positive experience of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which have a prosperous society, and a very low level of corruption.

The Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders will work till 22 December 2015 including.

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.

Iravaban.net independent information website is the information partner of the Anti-Corruption School for Young Leaders.

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