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Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Lori Marz
10.12.2008

Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Lori Marz

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center (AAC) in the premises of Lori Marz was officially opened in Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office. The Center has been set up within the framework of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center's "Establishment and Operation of Anti-corruption AACs in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor" project, supported by USAID Mobilizing Action against Corruption Activity, implemented by Casals and Associates, Inc.


Let us break the chain of corruption
09.12.2008

Let us break the chain of corruption

Furthering its commitment to the fight against corruption through awareness raising, Transparency International Anti-corruption Center used the occasion of the special day of December 9 to distribute anti-corruption calendars for 2009. The recipients of 3,000 calendars included legislators, government and law enforcement agencies, judiciary, municipalities, political parties, international and donor organizations, NGO and media communities, educational and cultural institutions as well as individual persons. Calendars will be disseminated in all Marzes of Armenia.


TI Report: Emerging economic giants show high levels of corporate bribery overseas
09.12.2008

TI Report: Emerging economic giants show high levels of corporate bribery overseas

Construction, real estate, oil and gas sectors most prone to corruption

London / Berlin, 9 December 2008 --- Companies based in emerging economic giants, such as China, India and Russia, are perceived to routinely engage in bribery when doing business abroad, according to Transparency International's 2008 Bribe Payers Index (BPI), released today.


Today is an International Anti-corruption Day
09.12.2008

Today is an International Anti-corruption Day

On the occasion of December 9 Transparency International Anti-corruption Center came up with a statement, which in particular reads, "Local and international experts believe that corruption in Armenia is of endemic and systemic nature: no sector or institution is free from that vicious phenomenon. Corruption continues to deteriorate our statehood, economy and morale. Should serious and true struggle against political and administrative corruption not be addressed, the present and the future of the country might be endangered."


Civil society view from South Caucasus on the ENP processes
23.11.2008

Civil society view from South Caucasus on the ENP processes

As part of Armenian civil society delegation, Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman and Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, paid advocacy visit to Brussels between November 23 and 28. The delegation members discussed a variety of issues related to Armenia's European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) implementation with the representatives of relevant sector specialists in the European Commission and shared their expertise on human rights, media, election and corruption related issues, etc.


Innovative ways to challenge environmental abuse
20.11.2008

Innovative ways to challenge environmental abuse

Spectacular eco-protests and new tools to express them were covered in London-based "The Economist" Newspaper. It also reflected on Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan's presentation as a follow-up of her address at an interactive workshop on "Making our voices heard: Civic action to fight corruption" during the 13th International Anti-corruption Conference in Athens. Among worldwide campaigns to save the environment, the article referred to the actions that TIAC organized together with its environmental group partners, particularly protest demonstrations to save Teghut forest and the area next to Arno Babajanyan's statue that was at risk.


Implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Armenia: Environmental management and the role of public
19.11.2008

Implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Armenia: Environmental management and the role of public

Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center presented NGO perspectives regarding the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Armenia in a seminar held from November 19 to 20, 2008 in Yerevan. It was the third in a series of seminars the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) co-hosted with the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection within the framework of "Environmental management and civil society in Armenia" project.


Stop violence against journalists!
19.11.2008

Stop violence against journalists!

More than 70 civic activists, including representatives of media, human rights and ecological organizations, youth movements, university students, citizens and journalists concerned over the current situation of democracy, free media and rule of law in Armenia, staged a demonstration on November 19, 2008, protesting violence against journalists. Organized by Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and its partners, the action was several times interrupted by police forces.


Who is the next...?
18.11.2008

Who is the next...?

Known for his investigatory publications exposing unlawful actions of various government institutions and officials, Edik Baghdasaryan, President of Investigative Journalists of Armenia NGO, became a target of severe assault on November 17, 2008. Physical retributions against journalists and civic activists have by now become common in Armenia and the attack on Edik Baghdasaryan was but the next in a series of similar crimes that failed to be detected.


Study Tour on Political Party Campaign Financing Reform
16.11.2008

Study Tour on Political Party Campaign Financing Reform

Among delegation members from Armenia, representing NGOs and parties involved in elections monitoring and electoral reforms, Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Vice Chair of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center visited the Warsaw-based European Institute for Democracy (EID) from November 16 to 22, 2008. The study tour, organized by Academy for International Development and International Foundation for Electoral Systems, equiped participants with the knowledge, skills and information necessary to reform the electoral legislation framework on political party and campaign financing, using experience of Poland.