PACE: A CHANGE OF MENTALITY IS NEEDED TO MAKE CORRUPTION DISAPPEAR IN ARMENIA

arminfo
Friday, June 29, 16:02

The release of persons imprisoned in relation to the events of March
2008, and the renewed impetus to the investigation of the deaths which
occurred during the period of parliamentary elections in Armenia,
as well as the start of a constructive political dialogue between the
opposition and the ruling coalition, constituted positive developments
during the reporting period, says Doc. 12954 "The Progress of the
Assembly's Monitoring Procedure (June 2011-May 2012)", drafted by
Andres Herkel, Estonia, Group of the European People's Party, and to
be heard on Friday.

ArmInfo's own correspondent in Strasbourg quotes the report as saying
that "the tragic events of March 2008 and their aftermath have set
clear priorities for democratic progress in the country. These
priorities included the conduct of genuinely free and fair
parliamentary elections in compliance with democratic standards,
the creation of a democratic political environment favoring the
establishment of a pluralist system; a pluralist media environment,
and the reform of the police and the judiciary, with a view to
guaranteeing their independence."

The report continues that "in the run-up to the parliamentary
elections, the political environment has improved dramatically and the
opposition has become a well-organized viable political force. Also
given the political differences in the ruling coalition, the election
took place in a genuinely competitive environment."

With regard to the reform of the judiciary and the police, the
report says that "during their last visit the rapporteurs noted with
satisfaction a number of measures undertaken by the authorities
with a view to fulfilling the recommendations of the Assembly. In
particular, the announcement by the authorities that an independent
police complaints mechanism would be established, in line with
Assembly recommendations, should be welcomed. However, as confirmed
by the Minister of Justice, these reforms alone will not be enough
to ensure the independence of the courts or make corruption disappear.

For that to happen, a change of mentality is needed. It is hoped
that the appointment of a new generation of young and better educated
judges will bring about such a change of mentality."
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Subject: PACE: A change of mentality is needed to make corruption disappear in Armenia

PACE: A change of mentality is needed to make corruption disappear in Armenia

arminfo
Friday, June 29, 16:02

The release of persons imprisoned in relation to the events of March
2008, and the renewed impetus to the investigation of the deaths which
occurred during the period of parliamentary elections in Armenia, as
well as the start of a constructive political dialogue between the
opposition and the ruling coalition, constituted positive developments
during the reporting period, says Doc. 12954 "The Progress of the
Assembly's Monitoring Procedure (June 2011-May 2012)", drafted by
Andres Herkel, Estonia, Group of the European People's Party, and to
be heard on Friday.

ArmInfo's own correspondent in Strasbourg quotes the report as saying
that "the tragic events of March 2008 and their aftermath have set
clear priorities for democratic progress in the country. These
priorities included the conduct of genuinely free and fair
parliamentary elections in compliance with democratic standards, the
creation of a democratic political environment favoring the
establishment of a pluralist system; a pluralist media environment,
and the reform of the police and the judiciary, with a view to
guaranteeing their independence."

The report continues that "in the run-up to the parliamentary
elections, the political environment has improved dramatically and the
opposition has become a well-organized viable political force. Also
given the political differences in the ruling coalition, the election
took place in a genuinely competitive environment."

With regard to the reform of the judiciary and the police, the report
says that "during their last visit the rapporteurs noted with
satisfaction a number of measures undertaken by the authorities with a
view to fulfilling the recommendations of the Assembly. In particular,
the announcement by the authorities that an independent police
complaints mechanism would be established, in line with Assembly
recommendations, should be welcomed. However, as confirmed by the
Minister of Justice, these reforms alone will not be enough to ensure
the independence of the courts or make corruption disappear.
For that to happen, a change of mentality is needed. It is hoped that
the appointment of a new generation of young and better educated
judges will bring about such a change of mentality."