The Anti-Corruption Council, which was formed on the decision of the government, cannot function effectively, in case where its members are “prominent” state officials. Human rights activist Varadan Harutyunyan, President of “Rights and Freedom Center” NGO said in the interview with Iravaban.net.
“If there really is a will to combat corruption, the government representatives should be as few as possible in the Council while the CSO representatives should be the majority,” Vardan Harutyunyan said.
According to him, in the case of this Council, where the chairman is the Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, and members: the Finance Minister Gagik Khachatryan, Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan, we cannot even speak about the good will of the fight against corruption, and even more about the opportunities.
And if the board is composed of representatives of civil society, then we can be sure that there is a desire to fight, but we cannot talk about the possibilities.