An interactive webpage is effective on Transparency International Anticorruption Center’s website to depict the violations committed during March 9, 2014 local government elections monitored by the observers of “Citizen Observer” Initiative Group. The Initiative group members observed the elections in the electoral precincts of the communities Darbnik, Zorak, Hayanist, Nizami, Sayat-Nova, Sis of Ararat Marz (province); Darpas, Lernavan, Debet, Marts of Lori Marz; Basen of Shirak Marz and Hovq of Tavush Marz. The observation group registered 49 violations. The majority of violations related to the course of voting process. Other violations referred to opening of the precincts and summarization of the election results.
Radio Liberty addressed the Armenian government’s proposal to make amendments to RA Law On Control Chamber implying that the body would henceforth be banned from making political assessments and from drawing a conclusion on the legal consequences of the exposed violations. In this regard Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center considered the government’s initiative dangerous, noting that it would deter the Chamber from exposing serious corrupt practices. “It might bring to serious problems, depriving the public of learning on a number of important exposures,” he explained by mentioning that the authorities took that measure in response to the exposures the Control Chamber made last year. “I think this measure reflects the government’s growing authoritarian tendencies,” he claimed.
The annual Transparency International School on Integrity will host some 140 future leaders from more than 60 countries on 7-13 July 2014 in Lithuanian capital Vilnius. The deadline for applications from EU residents is 1 May 2014. The deadline for applications from non-EU citizens is 15 May 2014. The School curriculum is presented through a variety of learning modules such as lectures, seminars, training, discussions, field trips, film screenings and social events. The School features three teaching modules that cover the public sector, the private sector and civic empowerment tools. Each module deals both with theory and practice.
Transparency International Anticorruption Center jointly with Journalists’ Club “Asparez”, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, Civic consciousness NGO and Armenian Committee for Solidarity with Maidan came up with a statement condemning March 1. It particularly reads, “On March 1, 2008 the RA authorities used brute force against its own people to suppress the peaceful assemblies of citizens who stood up against the frauds of February 19 presidential election results.
Heriknaz Tigranyan, Legal Adviser of Transparency International Anticorruption Center participated in a working meeting on “The Guarantees of Trade Unions’ Activity,” organized by NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs on February 28, 2014. The aim of this meeting was to discuss with the responsible officials of the sphere the legislative problems, particularly the law “On Trade Unions” and a number of provisions of the Labor Code, which impede or do not promote the effective activity of Trade Unions and to jointly find solutions for them.
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Yerevan municipality sold three notary offices’ areas at auction to a certain Edik Ayvazyan, though the people who were appointed as notaries prior to 2002 had a right to manage the areas of the offices they engaged free of charge.
27.02.2014Former NSS deputy director’s brother seized Edmon Khudyan’s building and received loans from ArmBusinessBank
During his tenure of employment Romik Harutyunyan, fugitive Armenian former National Security Service deputy director was engaged in patronage of a number of officials and (not only officials), and in intermediations, which led to a number of illegal transactions.