Breaking the Cycle of Impunity: Challenging the Corrupt Authorities

Today, on the 2nd of September, the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) started its work in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Over 1000 participants from different countries attended the conference. Representatives from the state bodies, civil society, business organizations, as well as from the international organizations and media represented the vanguard of fight against corruption. The theme of the conference is Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action.

Deputy Chief Commissioner (Management & Professionalism) of MACC of Malaysia, the Chairman of the International Anti-Corruption Conference; Chairman of Transparency International; Chairman of Transparency International of Malaysia, and the Minister for reforms of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Cabinet held opening speeches. All speakers stressed the importance of the conference, which joined all the potential of the fight against corruption of the world and that the joint efforts in fight against corruption will enable to prevent impunity.

The opening ceremony was followed by the first plenary session: “Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action,” chaired by Elena Panfilova, Vice-Chair of Transparency International. The speakers stressed the importance of ending impunity, as well as emphasized the fact that the corrupt authorities lead to impunity. All speakers stressed that it is time to end impunity. There is only one resolution: Strong Civil Society, Integrity and Action.

Prior to the opening ceremony and after the first plenary session there were round table discussions, where the participants discussed the issues of interrupting the cycle of impunity, the power of the citizens, the effect of public participation and control, as well as a number of other most important issues.

The Armenian delegation participated in the work of IACC as well. Mr. Karen Zadoyan, Coordinator of the SCOs’ Anti-Corruption Secretariat, President of the Armenian Young Lawyers Association (AYLA); Mr. Artak Saribekyan, AYLA Executive Director; Ms Naira Gyulnazaryan, Coordinator of Anti-Corruption Projects of OSCE Yerevan Office; and Ms Arev Movsisyan from the USAID Armenian Office represented the Armenian delegation.

The Conference will continue its work tomorrow.