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Hard lessons
19.02.2009

Hard lessons

Among numerous corruption-related materials reflected in "Ethicsworld" special bulletin of February 19, 2009, two articles on public sector management, corruption and courage are of particular importance. This issue covers a remarkable report, published by U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), entitled "Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience" concluded with 13 lessons drawn from 6 difficult years of Iraq reconstruction. Another article refers to Lasantha Wickremetune, an investigative journalist in Sri Lanka and recipient of the first Transparency International Integrity Award in 2000, who has been murdered.


Open letter welcoming President Obama's initiative on transparency
28.01.2009

Open letter welcoming President Obama's initiative on transparency

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center joined an open letter to President Barack Obama, welcoming his commitment to transparency and open government. The letter particularly reads, "We welcome the call for a clear presumption in favor of disclosure of information, so that "in the face of doubt, openness prevails". We also welcome the inclusion, within this presumption, of an affirmative obligation on public bodies to disclose information rapidly and in forms that the public can readily find and use. Proactive disclosure is recognized internationally as an essential element of the right of access to information, along with the right to request and receive information.


Advocacy visit to the United States
16.01.2009

Advocacy visit to the United States

Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center paid a visit to Washington, D.C. from January 12 to 16, 2009 to take part in a workshop on "The Role of Civil Society in Donor Programs" in Washington, D.C., organized by Open Society Institute. The event brought together civil society representatives from around the world and donor community to cover the key issues related to effectiveness of development aid.


Armenia experienced serious crisis
14.01.2009

Armenia experienced serious crisis

Released on January 14, 2009, Human Rights Watch's annual review of human rights practices around the globe, The World Report 2009 summarized major human rights issues in more than 90 countries. The Report on Armenia particularly states, "Armenia experienced one of its most serious civil and political rights crises since independence when security forces used excessive force on March 1 against opposition demonstrators protesting the results of the February 2008 presidential election."


Corruption remains a problem in Armenia
13.01.2009

Corruption remains a problem in Armenia

According to 2009 Index of Economic Freedom published by U.S. Heritage Foundation and "The Wall Street Journal," Armenia's overall score remains unchanged from last year. As a moderately free country, its economic freedom score is 69.9, making its economy the 31st freest in the 2009 Index. Nevertheless, corruption is perceived as widespread in Armenia and it remains a problem in such critical areas as the judiciary, tax and customs operations, health, education, and law enforcement. Petty corruption pervades society.


Armenia's political rights rating declined
12.01.2009

Armenia's political rights rating declined

On January 12, 2009, Freedom House released Freedom in the World 2009, its annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey's findings, Armenia is considered as a Partly Free country with limited respect for political rights and civil liberties, which frequently suffers from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and often a setting in which a single political party enjoys dominance despite the facade of limited pluralism.


TIAC held its year-end General Meeting
25.12.2008

TIAC held its year-end General Meeting

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center's (TIAC) General Meeting was convened electronically on December 25, 2008 with the following items on the agenda: provision of information on changes in the Executive Body; approval of suggested changes to TIAC Board; election of new members to the organization. Prior to the General Meeting a Board Meeting was held to discuss and approve the issue of Sona Ayvazyan's resignation as Executive Director at her request because of her coming workload with other responsibilities and motion of Varuzhan Hoktanyan's candidacy in that position, and accordingly his resignation as Board Member ahead of time.


Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Shirak Marz
19.12.2008

Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Shirak Marz

In order to provide legal assistance to citizens on corruption related cases and to undertake advocacy for broader reform, Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center (AAC) in Shirak Marz was launched on December 19, 2008 in the premises of Gyumri-based "Asparez" Journalists' Club. It also aims to reveal the laws that contain corruption risks and the shortcomings of implementation of the laws and decisions. The 0800 01 121 hotline will be operating to help citizens.


Civil society assessment of ENP 2008 implementation
18.12.2008

Civil society assessment of ENP 2008 implementation

On December 18, 2008, co-authors Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman and Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in the presentation of "Armenia's ENP implementation in 2008: Partnership for Open Society Perspective." Amalia Kostanyan came up with a review of Armenia's progress in "Strengthening democratic structures, the rule of law, including reform of the judiciary and combating fraud and corruption" with a focus on measures related to anti-corruption actions implemented or planned in the scope of ENP.


TIAC remarks and suggestions on Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms
17.12.2008

TIAC remarks and suggestions on Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms

Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms considered some remarks and suggestions by TIAC, which in particular reads, "The presented document (the Strategy) includes both substantial positive, as well as certain negative elements. A key feature of the Strategy is that it identifies all those formal and informal problems, which exist in the public procurement system. At the same time, its major shortcoming is the insufficient level of efficiency and conformity of the proposals aimed at the solution of the existing problems of the system. Below are our organization's remarks and suggestions on some points of the Strategy."