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Political climate in Armenia: Perceptions and reality
01.04.2009

Political climate in Armenia: Perceptions and reality

On April 1, 2009, Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center hosted a group of Birthright Armenia young Diasporans from the USA, France, and Canada who volunteered in Armenia from 2 to 6 months in various sectors. The interactive forum reflected on political situation in Armenia with a special focus on corruption, civil and political rights and freedoms. It enabled the volunteers to share their perceptions on the on-going developments in Armenia and get a better understanding of the political processes.


Civil society concerns: Lake Sevan is at stake
27.03.2009

Civil society concerns: Lake Sevan is at stake

On March 27 SOS Sevan Initiative Group of Environmental Public Alliance, together with environmentalists, youth activists, representatives of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and other NGOs held a protest action. The aim of the demonstration was to voice concern with the issue of possible illegal operation of a gold processing factory in Sevan basin by GeoProMining LLC, the owner of Ararat Gold Recovery Company and Sotk mining, thus threatening the very existence of Lake Sevan.


Fighting for freedom of speech made a difference
25.03.2009

Fighting for freedom of speech made a difference

On the initiative of "Asparez Journalists' Club," March 25 was celebrated in the second city of Armenia, Gyumri as "Freedom of Speech Day." A year ago that day, the founder of GALA TV (Chap LLC) was able to pay the "debt" of 25 million AMD - fines demanded on false and unproven grounds by tax authorities and certified by court without considering witnesses' testimonies.GALA became a target of tax check-ups, fines, court trials and persecutions after it broadcast the speech delivered by the first president of Armenia in October 2007.


Human rights on the agenda
19.03.2009

Human rights on the agenda

Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, participated in the conference on Human Rights in Armenia, held from March 19 to 20, 2009. She moderated a session on civic and political activism and answered the journalists' questions during the wrap up session for media representatives. Other sessions addressed a number of crucial problems in Armenia, including human rights and judiciary reforms, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and religion.


School students are interested in civic processes
18.03.2009

School students are interested in civic processes

Within the framework of "Youth Engaged in Society" (YES) School Debate Club project Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center met with Goris secondary school students on March 18, 2009. During an interactive discussion they tackled a number of key issues, including state-citizen relationships; citizens' rights and obligations; possibilities of participation in state governance; political corruption; electoral processes, etc.


Crisis and reforms in the focus of the TV show
14.03.2009

Crisis and reforms in the focus of the TV show

On March 14 "Press Club" show produced under Yerevan Press Club (YPC) project with the support of OSI Human Rights and Governance Grants Program addressed democratic reforms during financial and economic crisis on the air of "Yerkir Media" TV company. The guests of the host, YPC President Boris Navasardyan were Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Country Director of Eurasia Partnership Foundation and journalist Ara Galoyan.


The next link in the chain of crimes
13.03.2009

The next link in the chain of crimes

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center joined a number of media support and human rights organizations condemning assault and violence against photojournalist Gagik Shamshyan while performing his professional duties at the entrance of Yerevan State Linguistic University after Brusov on March 13, 2009. They demanded to punish those who attacked the journalist. The civil society organizations went on to say that the incident was a link in the chain of violent and cynical crimes committed against media representatives a year ago and not disclosed.


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02.03.2009

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Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) opened an Advocacy and Assistance Center (AAC) in Yerevan on March 2, 2009 within its "Establishment and operation of AACs in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor" project, supported by USAID Mobilizing Action Against Corruption Activity. AACs in Lori and Shirak Marzes were launched in December 2008. The ceremony brought together representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations and media outlets.


The situation has significantly deteriorated
25.02.2009

The situation has significantly deteriorated

According to 2008 Human Rights Report on Armenia, released by the US State Department on February 25, the government's human rights record deteriorated significantly during the year, with authorities and their agents committing numerous human rights abuses, particularly in connection with the presidential elections and the government's suppression of demonstrations that followed. Furthermore, corruption was widespread on all levels and in all sectors, and government programs to curb corruption were largely inactive.


Armenia: Skewed prosecution over 2008 clashes
25.02.2009

Armenia: Skewed prosecution over 2008 clashes

Human Rights Watch published a 64-page report, entitled "Democracy on Rocky Ground: Armenia's Disputed 2008 Presidential Election, Post-Election Violence, and the One-Sided Pursuit of Accountability," which detailed the clashes between police and protesters in Yerevan, on March 1, 2008, in the wake of the February 2008 presidential polls. It also documented the ill-treatment of individuals detained in connection with the violence, and lack of comprehensive investigation and accountability for excessive use of force on March 1 and in its aftermath.