Non-governmental organization “Anticorruption Action Center” is one of the most authoritative members of the “Reanimation Package of Reforms” coalition in the field of fighting corruption. It is owing to cooperation between the AntAC experts and other organizations – members of the RPR group “Anticorruption Reform” that not only a package of anticorruption laws was developed and adopted in October 2014, but also key institutions such as the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (its Public Control Council includes three AntAC representatives) and the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecution of Ukraine (AntAC representatives are engaged both in the top management selection panel, and in the selection of prosecutors to the SAP) were launched. It is also worth mentioning the role of the AntAC in the advocacy for open property registers, proper procedure of special confiscation, tackling corruption in the field of public procurement, etc. Actually, none of the anticorruption laws or resolutions since the Revolution of Dignity has been adopted without active participation of the Anticorruption Action Center.
On March 22, 2016, it was reported that on the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Pechersk District Court of Kyiv issued an order to seize the documents of the organization and to provide access to all bank and financial information of the AntAC. The reason is pending investigation by PGO of alleged misuse of funds provided by the international partners to reform the prosecution. However, the AntAC has not received any money for the prosecution reform as such – it had a contract covering the training of NABU detectives and analysis of applications for the offices in the NABU and the SAP.
The Reanimation Package of Reforms considers such actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office and Pechersk District Court of Kyiv as a manifestation of pressure and repressions aimed at discrediting and blocking the activity of one of the most effective anticorruption organizations. It is the AntAC that has repeatedly criticized the Prosecutor General’s Office and its heads for:
As experts of the Reanimation Package of Reforms, we demand the following:
The RPR stresses that after the Revolution of Dignity the law enforcement bodies and the judiciary can no longer be used as an instrument of political manipulations or pressure on the independent experts.
the Reanimation Package of Reforms civil platform