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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.


2008 CPI highlights the link between poverty, failed institutions and graft
23.09.2008

2008 CPI highlights the link between poverty, failed institutions and graft

A press conference was held at 1 pm Yerevan time on September 23, 2008, at Marriott Armenia Hotel where Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center presented 2008 Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in a world and regional context, the current trends, the state of corruption and CPI dynamics in Armenia, while Vice Chair Varuzhan Hoktanyan reflected on other indices and surveys and their relation with Armenia.


The Law on Assemblies is under scrutiny
15.09.2008

The Law on Assemblies is under scrutiny

In Aghveran, Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan and Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) participated in four-day training course on capacity building for human rights defenders on monitoring of freedom of assembly between September 15 and 18, 2008. The training course was organized by the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Yerevan, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights together with the Helsinki Committee of Armenia.


Civil society participated in strategy development
12.09.2008

Civil society participated in strategy development

Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) attended and addressed World Bank consultation on "Governance and Anti-corruption," held in Congress Hotel on September 12, 2008. The event brought together civil society representatives of different spheres for a public dialogue to ensure the widest possible involvement for drafting the World Bank's work plan, Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with Armenia for the next 4 years.


TIAC observed local government elections in Yerevan's Arabkir community
07.09.2008

TIAC observed local government elections in Yerevan's Arabkir community

A group of 11 domestic observers, representing Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) members and its partners, deployed in five polling stations of Yerevan's Arabkir community on September 7 to carry out election observation mission (EOM) of local elections. It was the fist experience of TIAC to launch an EOM, though certain representatives of the organization had monitored elections as observers both in Armenia and abroad.


Publish What You Fund Campaign calls on donors for transparency
04.09.2008

Publish What You Fund Campaign calls on donors for transparency

The Publish What You Fund campaign called on donor governments to act immediately on commitments to greater transparency of aid made in the Accra Agenda for Action on Aid Effectiveness. Donor governments have committed to publish "regular, detailed, and timely" information on aid spending. They also committed to open procurement of services, as well as to providing "full and timely information" on current and planned aid spending, up to 5 years in advance.


The ecologists are anxious about the policy pursued by the Armenian authorities
03.09.2008

The ecologists are anxious about the policy pursued by the Armenian authorities

A number of NGOs and independent experts expressed their concerns over ecological policy currently pursued by the Armenian authorities and its possible outcomes in a press conference held in Friday Press Club on September 3, 2008. The speakers particularly focused on the obstacles to the implementation of garbage recycling project in Yerevan's Nubarashen district, the groundless release of water from Lake Sevan, destruction of Teghut Forest and recurring loggings for the construction of various establishments.


A week campaign has started
19.08.2008

A week campaign has started

Concerned over ecological danger, dozens of civil society representatives from August 19 to 21, 2008, held protest actions in front of the parliament building against the Government's legislative initiative to increase the volume of water release from Lake Sevan up to 360 million cubic meters. The government-drafted Bill on Amendments to the Republic of Armenia Law on Approval of Annual and Complex Program for the Lake Sevan Ecosystem Restoration, Conservation, Reproduction and Use was debated and eventually adopted during the National Assembly's special session.