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| Doc. 14256
| 25 January 2017
Parliamentary Assembly integrity
This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.
The integrity and effectiveness of the Parliamentary Assembly
depend on the observance of the highest standards of conduct by
its members. Recent, serious and credible allegations of grave misconduct
by some ot its members risk undermining public confidence in the
Parliamentary Assembly's integrity.
We, the undersigned members of the Parliamentary Assembly
believe that the Assembly must:
1. establish, without delay, an
external, fully independent and impartial inquiry into all allegations
of improper conduct or corruption that may have sought to influence
the work of the Assembly in recent years, focusing in particular
on allegations surrounding the vote on political prisoners in Azerbaijan
in January 2013; the conclusions of the inquiry and its recommendations
should be made public directly to the Assembly and the public at
2. ensure that the Assembly's Code of Conduct is strengthened
in accordance with international best practice and recommendations
requested from GRECO; and that the strict observance of these standards
is monitored and enforced by a permanent independent mechanism attached
to the Assembly.
We therefore call on all members from across political party
groups to support our call for an independent investigation and
for an integrity framework worthy of our institution.