of the Governing Board of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of the Civil Society Organizations of Armenia
Considering the priority the current situation in the Republic of Armenia and the need for constructive dialogue between the public, political forces and the authorities at present and the need for constructive dialogue between the society, the political forces and the authorities, as well as the need for good governance that has already been formed within the society; intolerance towards corruption; highlighting the role of the initiator and participant of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of the Civil Society Organizations of Armenia (Anti-Corruption Coalition) in recent years in the implementation of anti-corruption institutional reforms in the country (criminalization of illicit enrichment, introduction of the whistleblowers protection system, creation of the independent anti-corruption body – the Corruption Prevention Committee, introduction of the institute of beneficial owners in the sector of public procurement, etc) its continuity and ultimately to contribute to the formation of a new public agenda for the fight against corruption in Armenia:
The launch of public large-scale and radical anti-corruption reforms:
- For the purpose of compensation of damages caused to the Republic of Armenia as a result of corruption; prompt introduction of Asset Recovery Institute, within the framework of which it is necessary to undertake the process of returning the assets withdrawn from Armenia as a result of corruption to the RA state budget, involving the RA Central Bank, the RA Prosecutor’s Office, law enforcement bodies and the public and at the same time to exclude the current outflow of assets from the territory of the RA.
- For the purpose to eliminate the atmosphere of impunity in the country; the prompt detection of cases of illicit enrichment and the formation of a independent public experts panel within the coalition, which will be aimed at analyzing the declaration of property, income and conflict of interests submitted by officials, revealing cases of illicit enrichment and transferring them to the RA General Prosecutor’s Office for initiating criminal cases.
- For the purpose to gain public confidence in the fight against corruption; ensuring the legality, transparency and accountability for the election of the Competition Board Members: President of the Constitutional Court, Human Rights Defender, the oppositional factions of the National Assembly, the Public Council, Chamber of Advocates for the election of the members of newly formed Corruption Prevention Committee. Exclusion of mechanical reproduction of members of the Commission on Ethics of High-Ranking Officials, and selection of professional candidates having relevant anti-corruption experience and committed to integrity and anti-corruption values.
- For the purpose of effective fight against corruption; Establishing an Anti-Corruption Multifunctional Universal Body Based on the Anti-Corruption Commission of the Republic of Armenia, which in addition to educational and preventive functions in the fight against corruption, will be endowed with the function of conducting preliminary investigation, including the authority to conduct operative-investigative activities.
- For the purpose of fight against monopolies and dominating positions; Implementation of anti-corruption audit by an independent audit selected by the RA Anti-Corruption Commission from the commercial companies,; Establishing a Register of beneficial Owners and maintaining the Registry.
- For the purpose to combat political corruption in the elections; Implementation of radical anti-corruption reforms of the RA Electoral Code, RA Law on Political Parties, and the RA Criminal Code.
- For the purpose to combat corruption in the judicial system; the creation of a specialized court or a specialized tribunal on corruption cases, through the reform of human resources..
Below is the list of member organizations of the Governing Board of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of the Civil Society Organizations of Armenia
|“Armenian Lawyers’ Association” NGO Secretariat of CSOs’ Coalition||Karen Zadoyan||Yerevan|
|“SME Partnership Association” NGO||Hakob Avagyan||Yerevan|
|Consortium of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises||Sedrak Vardanyan||Yerevan|
|“Association of Audio-Visual Reporters’ Public Organization”||Arzuman Harutyunyan||Yerevan|
|“Armenian UN Association” NGO||Armine Poghosyan||Yerevan|
|“Logos” Youth NGO||Ara Melikjanyan||Shirak, Gyumri|
|“Armenian Association of Young Doctors”NGO||Gevorg Grigoryan||Yerevan|
|“Journalists for Human Rights” NGO||Zhanna Aleksanyan||Yerevan|
|Foundation for Small and Medium Businesses||Gagik Poghosyan||Yerevan|
|“Civitas” NGO||Khachik Gevorgyan||Yerevan|
|“Union of Communities of Armenia”||Emin Yeritsyan||Yerevan|
|“Regional Development and Research” NGO||Satik Badeyan||Gegharkunik, Sevan|
|“Association of Accountants of SME of Armenia” NGO||Vahagn Hambardzumyan||Yerevan|
|“Public Network” for cooperation with Governmental Structures Non-formal Union of Legal Entities, “Armenian Constitutional Right-Protective Center” NGO||Gevorg Manukyan||Lori, Vanadzor|
|“International Center for Human Development” NGO||Tevan Poghosyan||Yerevan|
|“Civil Society Institute” NGO||Artak Kirakosyan||Yerevan|
|“Association of Swiss Alumni: NGO||Hasmik Hovhannisyan||Yerevan|
|“Student Council of the Armenian Diaspora”||Samvel Mkoyan||Yerevan|
|“Civil Voice” NGO||Arthur Hambardzumyan||Yerevan|
|“Union of Lorians” NGO||Menua Brutyan||Lori, Vanadzor|