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Civil society perspective on functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia
27.06.2008

Civil society perspective on functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia

A number of non governmental organizations, including Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office, Yerevan Press Club, "Asparez" Journalists' Club and Armenian Institute for Development gathered for a roundtable discussion in Congress Hotel on June 27, 2008 to present the civil society perspective on political detainees and trials, independent investigation into March 1-2 events and formation of public trust towards judicial system, Law on Conducting Meetings, Assemblies, Rallies and Demonstrations, as well as the National Committee on Television and Radio.


Corruption in the water sector is an overlooked threat for development and sustainability
25.06.2008

Corruption in the water sector is an overlooked threat for development and sustainability

Berlin / New York, 25 June 2008

Corruption in the water sector is a root cause and catalyst for the global water crisis that threatens billions of lives and exacerbates environmental degradation, according to the Global Corruption Report 2008: Corruption in the Water Sector, released by Transparency International (TI).


Corruption remains a substantial obstacle to Armenia's political and economic development
23.06.2008

Corruption remains a substantial obstacle to Armenia's political and economic development

According to Nations in Transit 2008 Report released by Freedom House, corruption at all levels of government continues to impede Armenia's political and economic development, inhibiting the development of a competitive business environment. There is a perception that it is difficult to run a successful business without personal connections to public officials. The close links between the political and economic elite were reinforced by the May parliamentary elections, which saw many wealthy businessmen returned to Parliament.


Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict
22.06.2008

Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict

TIAC Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan attended Tufts University's Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict from June 22 to 29, 2008. The education program was organized by Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Washington-based International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. The Institute schedule comprised a variety of questions addressing the most pressing issues affecting the world, such as: Why do certain civilian-led strugglers succeed while others fail?


In the opinion of the civil society the requirements of PACE Resolution 1609 (2008) are not being implemented
17.06.2008

In the opinion of the civil society the requirements of PACE Resolution 1609 (2008) are not being implemented

TIAC Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan addressed a roundtable discussion regarding the implementation of PACE Resolution 1609 (2008) on the amendments to the "Law on Conducting Meetings, Assemblies, Rallies and Demonstrations of the Republic of Armenia" on June 17, 2008 in the venue of the National Citizens' Initiative. She noted that the actions, which the authorities had hastily taken without involvement of the interested parties, were not transparent and created grounds for arbitrariness and discrimination by diminishing human rights.


Teghut residents staged protest for the protection of their rights
11.06.2008

Teghut residents staged protest for the protection of their rights

The activists of Teghut Defense Movement joined about 50 residents of the villages of Teghut and Shnogh of northern Armenia who staged a protest on June 11, 2008 near the government building in Yerevan with "Hands off Teghut Forest" demand. While the active campaign by different legal and environmental organizations against turning the vast Teghut copper and molybdenum field into a mine has been going on for half a year now, it was the first time that the local village residents came to the capital to raise their issue. The village residents concerned not only with the environmental aspect of the issue, but also with the legal one. They claimed their rights as property owners were being violated.


Civil society marked the World Environment Day with a march
05.06.2008

Civil society marked the World Environment Day with a march

June 5, 2008 was marked by a massive protest march through the streets of Yerevan to remind its dwellers that Armenia's nature, as well as the future of the country and the next generations were endangered. From nearby Saryan Statue to the Northern Avenue, the march grew increasingly diverse with youth in animal's masks, drum and trumpet and slogans, featuring that they were destined to struggle since Teghut forest was destroyed, Lake Sevan turned into a swamp, mineral resources were plundered, unique flora and fauna were on the verge of disappearance, and the capital Yerevan turned into desert.


Armenia is turning into an environmental disaster area
05.06.2008

Armenia is turning into an environmental disaster area

On June 5, World Environment Day 2008, TIAC executive director Sona Ayvazyan, together with representatives of a number of ecological non governmental organizations, held a press conference to share their concerns on ecological situation in Armenia and its development trends. The Environmental Public Alliance, comprised of 35 NGOs, called the authorities and the public to pay serious attention to the negative processes and stop the destructive trends unless the whole country is "turned into an environmental disaster area."


Advocacy trip to Europe and the United States
01.06.2008

Advocacy trip to Europe and the United States

As a part of Armenian civil society delegation, TIAC Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan was on an advocacy trip to Strasbourg, Brussels, Washington, D. C. and New York City from June 1 to 16, 2008, organized by OSIAFA and OSI offices in Brussels, Washington, D.C. and New York. The delegation members held meetings with relevant institutions of the Council of Europe and European Commission, as well as Human Rights and Armenian Diaspora structures to express their views on the progress report on implementation of the ENP Action Plan by Armenia, the Armenian government's compliance with PACE Resolution 1609 from April 17, 2008, overall democracy situation in the wake of election and post-election crackdown in Armenia.


Silent painting to depict Teghut as they would like to see it
29.05.2008

Silent painting to depict Teghut as they would like to see it

Concerned about its destiny, Teghut Defense Group gathered in front of the government building to express their protest by silent painting against exploitation of the Teghut mine. The topic of painting was "Green Armenia." The youth were painting trees, flowers, animals everything they would not like to be deprived of because of a few people's willingness to gain super profit. The participants in the action were explaining to those interested what problems might raise as a result of copper-molybdenum plant's operation.