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Amalia Kostanyan Award

Launched in 2011 on joint initiative of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) NGO and Open Society Foundations-Armenia (OSF-Armenia), Amalia Kostanyan annual Award honors an individual in recognition of his/her principled and courageous actions and contribution to the development of civil society.

Amalia Kostanyan was the founder of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center NGO in 2000 and its Chair for a decade till her sudden death in 2010. 

 

2014 award

​Amalia Kostanyan 2014 award ceremony was held for the fourth time on October 8, 2015 during the event dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC). David Amiryan, Deputy Director for Programs of Open Society Foundations –Armenia made a speech to present the intent of the award.

Amalia Kostanyan Award 2014 went to the President of Women’s Resource Center NGO for her consistent struggle for gender equality in Armenia. Varuzhan Hoktanyan, TIAC Executive Director, presented Lara Aharonyan’s activities, while publicist Zaruhi Hovhannisyan, the 2013 awardee handed the award to Ms. Aharonyan. In her speech Lara Aharonyan noted that the award belonged not only to her, but to all those women who fought for gender equality and against various manifestations of discrimination. The award would give them hope and strength to face forthcoming challenges.

In her video message congratulating TIAC’s 15th anniversary Elena A. Panfilova, Vice-Chair of Transparency International global movement, also congratulated the awardee.

Launched in 2011 on joint initiative of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) NGO and Open Society Foundations-Armenia (OSF-Armenia), Amalia Kostanyan annual Award honors an individual in recognition of his/her principled and courageous actions and contribution to the development of civil society.

Amalia Kostanyan was the founder of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center NGO in 2000 and its Chair for a decade till her untimely decease in 2010. 

2013 award

Amalia Kostanyan award ceremony was held on December 16, 2013 during a discussion invited by Transparency International Anticorruption Center. David Amiryan, Deputy Director for Programs of the Open Society Foundations - Armenia made presentation on Amalya Kostanyan and the award. 2013 Award was granted to activist, journalist and publicist Zaruhi Hovhannisyan. It was handed to her by last year’s awardee, human rights activist Lala Aslikyan. While receiving the award, Zaruhi Hovhannisyan said that she would continue to be active in fighting for human rights where they be violated.

Zaruhi Hovhannisyan: “Every person who works for restoring violated human rights and injustice, against violence is worth sincere respect and admiration. I share with each of you the award that was given to me today. I am part of the whole and at the same time, I unite you all with my life and work. Culture of life is a creative work itself where a person is free, and freedom is beyond the realm of violence.”  

2012 award

Discussion on "Euro integration process of Armenia: from European Neighborhood Policy to Association Agreement" held on April 16, 2012 ended with Amalia Kostanyan Annual Award giving ceremony. The award was handed out for the second time to honor 2012 awardee Lala Aslikyan, an individual of principle and courage in recognition of her significant contribution to the development of civil society. 

The discussion, organized by Partnership for Open Society initiative with the support of Open Society Foundations-Armenia launched a series of annual events since 2011 dedicated to the memory of Amalia Kostanyan, the founder and Chair of TIAC and a vivid civil society representative. 

2011 award

​Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) and Open Society Foundations - Armenia (OSF-Armenia) marked the International Anti-corruption Day, December 9, 2010 by a ceremony to present the first ever Amalia Kostanyan award. The award went to human rights advocate Artak Zeynalyan. To his mind, the award was weighty and keeping it incurred weighty responsibilities. "However I will take the burden and will keep it with due responsibility," said Zeynalyan in his remarks of gratitude.

The event brought together representatives of civil society, international organizations, diplomatic missions, state institution, her friends and colleagues to pay tribute to Amalia's living memory and to honor the award winner.

David Amiryan, Deputy Director of OSF-Armenia and Varuzhan Hoktanyan, TIAC Executive Director shared their fond memories about Amalia and her role in decision-making and meeting challenges. Her opinion and advice were vital for all who knew her.

Her thoughts were important even for those who did not have a pleasure and an opportunity of knowing her - Anne Koch, Transparency International's Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and David Stephenson, Political Officer of US Embassy in Armenia who would also keep her memory and legacy alive. Anna Koch cited from Amalia's interview a quote that is incredibly helpful and inspiring today. "Corruption, among other factors, is currently hindering political stability, democratic development and economic growth in Armenia. It also deteriorates the moral fabric of the Armenian society."

In the opinion of Avetik Ishkhanyan, the Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Committee Human Rights NGO Amalia was the salt of our society, who made the society tasty, interesting and lively. Her death was a great loss for the Armenian society. 

Referring to the staff of TIAC, Amalia's brother Hovhannes Kostanyan noted, "I wish Amalia Kostanyan's work to be continued by you and I wish a day to come for us not to need your work any more and to have a legitimate and incorruptible society."