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Protest actions continue
13.11.2008

Protest actions continue

Organized in protection of Teghut Forest, Teghut Defense Group staged a protest action in front of the government building on Thursday, November 13, 2008. The protesters reiterated their appeal to overrule government decisions 1278-N and 1279-N of November 1, 2007 on operating Teghut copper-molybdenum mine and to stop the work on the territory of the deposit, in particular enormous logging, due to large-scale damage to the environment and human health and the inexpediency of wasting resources of strategic importance.


OSCE meeting calls on states to ensure an open and transparent legislative process
06.11.2008

OSCE meeting calls on states to ensure an open and transparent legislative process

Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) on Democratic Lawmaking was convened from November 6 to 7 in Vienna, Austria. Organized by the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Finnish OSCE Chairmanship, the two-day meeting brought together some 200 participants from throughout the OSCE region to discuss the processes involved in making laws in a democracy and to ensure greater public participation and transparency in the lawmaking process.


Forum examined issues on pro bono activities
05.11.2008

Forum examined issues on pro bono activities

In Budapest, Hungary Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in the second annual European Pro Bono Forum, held between November 5 and 7, 2008. The Forum featured a plenary on Pro Bono and Human Rights and a number of interactive workshops for lawyers and NGO representatives alike. Over one hundred lawyers, NGOs, and academics took part in the event.


Corruption must be fought to secure the world's future
30.10.2008

Corruption must be fought to secure the world's future

Since its founding in 1983, the biennial International Anti-corruption Conference (IACC) series has evolved into the premier international forum for all who are committed to the fight against corruption. The 13th IACC focused on the role of transparency and accountability in human security, climate change, sustainable globalization, as well as natural resources exploitation and management under the banner "Global Transparency: Fighting corruption for a sustainable future."


Annual membership meeting of 15-year-old Transparency International movement
26.10.2008

Annual membership meeting of 15-year-old Transparency International movement

In Athens, Greece, Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International (TI) Anticorruption Center attended TI Europe and Central Asia Regional, Cross-regional Meetings and Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) from October 26 to 29, 2008. She was actively involved in various discussions and workshops around critical issues faced by the anti-corruption activists. The 2008 AMM was the largest to-date for the world's leading anti-corruption organization, which celebrated its 15th Anniversary during the meeting.


Local government elections and the role of women in electoral processes
16.10.2008

Local government elections and the role of women in electoral processes

"Your Topic" newscast of "A1+" television invited Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and Abram Bakhchagulyan, Secretary of the Central Electoral Commission to share their views on local government elections in the country and representation of women in the local government. The newscast was aired through "Hamaspyur" network of 11 provincial television stations in Armenia on October 16, 2008.


When the health and future of generations are at stake
11.10.2008

When the health and future of generations are at stake

Scores of young activists, representatives of media, NGOs, and other concerned organizations in "Save Teghut Forest" T-shirts marched through the streets of Yerevan on October 11, 2008, displaying posters and banners to bring attention of public to numerous environmental problems Armenia is currently facing and to come up with their solutions. Accompanied by riksha, the two and a half hour march started by the Komitas Statue near the Conservatoire and ended in Republic Square.


Pressing issues confronting Armenia on the agenda
09.10.2008

Pressing issues confronting Armenia on the agenda

Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center was a speaker at a discussion to reflect on key issues facing Armenia today, convened by Partnership for Open Society Initiative at Congress Hotel on October 9, 2008. The event brought together national and international organizations, embassies, political party leaders, government representatives and media to dwell on corruption and the abuse of power, recently adopted amendments to the broadcasting legislation, as well as implementation of PACE Resolutions 1609 and 1620.


Fighting corruption on air
08.10.2008

Fighting corruption on air

Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center appeared as guest in a show of "Press Club" cycle which went on air of "Yerkir Media" television on October 8. Produced by Yerevan Press Club with the support of the Open Society Institute Human Rights and Governance Grants Program, the broadcast focused on fight against corruption, implementation of the first anti-corruption strategy and development of a new strategy.


"Criminal" behavior dominates in electoral processes
30.09.2008

"Criminal" behavior dominates in electoral processes

The latest elections in Yerevan communities once again proved that criminal mechanisms, fear and despair, deeply penetrated into Armenia's electoral processes. Against this backdrop all the steps to improve the electoral system are doomed to failure and the legitimacy of "elected" officials is questioned.