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Workshop on National Integrity System in Berlin
28.03.2011

Workshop on National Integrity System in Berlin

Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in Evidence-based Advocacy Planning Training Workshop for Transparency International National Chapters (NC) in Berlin from March 28 to 30, 2011. Primary objective of the workshop was to assist NCs in using the evidence generated by the National Integrity System (NIS) Assessment for successful advocacy planning.


TIAC joined  civil society organizations' public demand
23.03.2011

TIAC joined civil society organizations' public demand

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center joined a number of civil society organizations' public demand to Serzh Sargsyan, which reads, "It is already the 8th day that the Republic of Armenia's citizen Raffi Hovannisian, (the leader of the "Heritage" party, member of the National Assembly and the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia) is on hunger strike, thus ringing an alarm and demonstrating his protest of the current state of affairs of our nation and the endangered future of Armenia.


Amalia Kostanyan - US Embassy's 2011 Woman of Courage Awardee
15.03.2011

Amalia Kostanyan - US Embassy's 2011 Woman of Courage Awardee

The founder and late Chair of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center Amalia Kostanyan was the recipient of the US Embassy's 2011 Woman of Courage award for her decade-long crusade to promote accountable and transparent governance, combat corruption, and strengthen civil society engagement. US Ambassador to Armenia Marie L. Yovanovitch hosted the award ceremony, which brought together representatives of international organizations, diplomatic missions, Armenia's state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and the media. She delivered remarks honoring Amalia's memory.


Civil society engagement in securing transparent and democratic elections in Estonia
09.03.2011

Civil society engagement in securing transparent and democratic elections in Estonia

Vakhtang Siradeghyan, Media Specialist of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) participated in an event in Tallinn from March 3 to 9, 2011. Civil society representatives from Georgia, Moldova, Slovakia, Belarus, Latvia and Armenia were invited by Open Estonia Foundation to observe elections to Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu). The delegation from Armenia participating in the event consisted of five NGOs representing civil society - "Asparez" Journalists' Club, Yerevan Press Club, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office, Helsinki Committee of Armenia and TIAC.


Implementation of ENP in Armenia: Civil Society Perspective
09.03.2011

Implementation of ENP in Armenia: Civil Society Perspective

On March 9, 2011, Executive Director Varuzhan Hoktanyan and Chair and Environmental Policy Expert of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) Sona Ayvazyan, who contributed to the chapters on corruption and environment respectively, made presentations during a discussion of Civil Society Report on "Armenia's European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) Implementation in 2010." The event was organized by "Partnership for Open Society" (POS) Initiative with the support of the Open Society Foundations - Armenia (OSF-Armenia). The discussion initiated a series of annual events dedicated to the memory of Amalia Kostanyan, the founder and Chair of TIAC and a remarkable civil society leader.


Condemnation Letter from NGOs
04.03.2011

Condemnation Letter from NGOs

On February 18, 2011 a criminal prosecution was initiated against Tigran Postanjyan, the brother of RA National Assembly oppositionist lawmaker Zaruhi Postanjyan. This information was disseminated by an unofficial source and the Prosecutor General's Office website.Four days later Tigran Postanjvan was arrested by the National Security Service of Armenia, which, according to the Armenian Criminal Code, does not have authorization to conduct such an investigation on the charges that were brought against him.


TIAC forum with young diasporans
02.03.2011

TIAC forum with young diasporans

On March 2, 2011, Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) hosted a forum, which brought together a group of young diasporans from USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Chile, etc. - Birthright Armenia participants - together with Executive Director Sevan Kabakian and Program Assistant Vahan Alaverdyan of Birthright Armenia Yerevan Office. The forum was conducted by TIAC Executive Director Varuzhan Hoktanyan who introduced them with the organization, its activities and corruption situation in Armenia. The presentation was followed by brisk questions to which Mr. Hoktanyan gave comprehensive answers.


"The multi-headed monster called corruption"
25.02.2011

"The multi-headed monster called corruption"

In his interview to "Hayatsk" weekly Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center Varuzhan Hoktanyan addressed the level of corruption in Armenia as reflected in 2010 TI major indices' values; the main components of effective anti-corruption policy - prevention, detection, and public support; preconditions of systemic corruption; international anti-corruption practices; and means to fight political corruption. Since its TI Corruption Perceptions Index score ranked below 3.0 corruption is perceived as systemic in Armenia. Systemic corruption endangers national security of a country, reduces its combat readiness and economic viability.


UNCAC Coalition welcomes steps to freeze Egyptian assets
21.02.2011

UNCAC Coalition welcomes steps to freeze Egyptian assets

The UNCAC Coalition, a group of over 240 civil society organisations in more than 100 countries, including the Afro-Egyptian Human Rights Organization (AEHRO) and NADAFA-Egyptians against corruption, welcomes the decision made today by Egypt's Public Prosecutor to request a freeze on the foreign assets of Hosni Mubarak and his family.


Parliamentary hearings on mining
15.02.2011

Parliamentary hearings on mining

Sona Ayvazyan, Chair and Lena Nazaryan, Project Assistant of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in parliamentary hearings organized by the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs in the National Assembly of Armenia on February 15, 2011. The event brought together parliamentarians, representatives of the Armenian government, educational institutions, concerned companies, NGOs and media to discuss the Mining Code of Armenia and respective amendments in other legal acts.