In addition to the Anti-Corruption Council anti-corruption sub-councils should operate in Armenia as well, Levon Nersisyan, President of “Astghik” Disabled Children’s Parents Association NGO believes.
Anti-Corruption strategy, the way to get out of current situation
Statement of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of the Civil Society Organizations
Staff should be composed of CSO representatives and maybe middle-level officials who are independent and not constrained by some criminal oligarchic bonds.
CSO representatives attached importance to the Civil Society – Government dialogue in as an important condition for the effectiveness of the fight against corruption.
During the past week the NGOs from the Marzes of the RA discussed the anti-corruption struggle of the Government. Dozens of NGOs in all marzes joined to the statement to the Government.
he regional coordinator spoke about the terms of the program as well. She considers that the not all points of the program will be fulfilled by 2018, as it occurred in the case of the previous program and which led to the failure of the struggle.
On 12 March, 2015, Anti-Corruption Coalition of Shirak Marz CSOs met in an anti-corruption discussion. The discussion was aimed at expression of the position of Shirak Marz CSOs referring to the Formation of the Anti-Corruption Council pursuant the Decision # 165-N of 19 February 2015.
Call upon the RA Government with regard to the Establishment of the Anti-Corruption Council
The well known Armenian ashugh (troubadour) Jivani has a song where he says ‘the fox was set as a guard of the hen coop’,” Avetik Ishkahnayan, human rights activist replied to our question about his position about the formed Anti-Corruption Council.
Creation and operation of the anti-Corruption Council raised many controversial opinions. Gayane Gevorgyan, Coordinator of the AYLA Anti-Corruption Center of Shirak Marz considers that the number of NGO representatives in the Council should be five and not two, and not as an observer but as a direct participant, because they might have better expert skills, find more reasons and fill the gaps easier.
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.
According to the NGO leader, corruption increases due to the fact that the Government always relies on outside funding and does not carry out the fight against corruption completely. “Corruption should be combated from inside rather than from outside.”