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 Wednesday, October 3 2018 16:51
Naira Badalian

Armenian Prosecutor General with international experts discussed  transitional justice implementation issues

Armenian Prosecutor General with international experts discussed  transitional justice implementation issues

ArmInfo. On October 3, Prosecutor General of Armenia Artur Davtyan received representatives of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Open  Society Foundations and Justice Initiative. The meeting discussed  issues of combating corruption, return of assets exported from the  country, transitional justice, and prospects for cooperation in this  area.

According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of  Armenia, Artur Davtyan presented unprecedented success in the fight  against corruption in Armenia, noting the public's readiness to  provide information and cooperation in this matter.

According to Davtyan, the most important institutional reforms have  been carried out in Armenia, aimed against illegal enrichment,  property declaration and introduction of an informant institute.  However, an important challenge for increasing the effectiveness of  the fight against corruption is to ensure the recovery of damage to  the state and the return of assets exported from the country, which  often requires unconventional approaches. As the Prosecutor General  pointed out, the approach for the Armenian side is fundamental, which  will ensure respect for human rights and will not violate the  international obligations assumed by Armenia, and the tools used will  not cause doubts in the context of its legitimacy. According to him,  in this aspect it is important to learn international experience in  transitional justice.

Experts from the International Center for Transitional Justice and  the Open Society Foundations and Justice Initiative, in turn,  presented successful experience on these issues in a number of  countries, noting also possible risks. They expressed their  willingness to provide expert assistance. On the issues discussed,  the interlocutors came to certain agreements.

To recall, On August 17, speaking at the Friday rally dedicated to  100 days of his premiership, Nikol Pashinyan stated the need to  create transitional justice bodies in the country. "We can need  transitional justice bodies because there are many problems in our  legislation," he said, adding that many countries have followed this  path, and the international community welcomes this practice.  Pashinyan also said that today many international organizations and  partner states express their willingness to assist Armenia in  identifying and freezing the accounts of high-ranking officials in  other states and offshore zones, and returning them to Armenia. , - commenting on the words of the prime minister, Justice  Minister Artak Zeinalan said.  

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