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Armenia's political rights rating declined
12.01.2009

Armenia's political rights rating declined

On January 12, 2009, Freedom House released Freedom in the World 2009, its annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey's findings, Armenia is considered as a Partly Free country with limited respect for political rights and civil liberties, which frequently suffers from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and often a setting in which a single political party enjoys dominance despite the facade of limited pluralism.


TIAC held its year-end General Meeting
25.12.2008

TIAC held its year-end General Meeting

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center's (TIAC) General Meeting was convened electronically on December 25, 2008 with the following items on the agenda: provision of information on changes in the Executive Body; approval of suggested changes to TIAC Board; election of new members to the organization. Prior to the General Meeting a Board Meeting was held to discuss and approve the issue of Sona Ayvazyan's resignation as Executive Director at her request because of her coming workload with other responsibilities and motion of Varuzhan Hoktanyan's candidacy in that position, and accordingly his resignation as Board Member ahead of time.


Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Shirak Marz
19.12.2008

Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center in Shirak Marz

In order to provide legal assistance to citizens on corruption related cases and to undertake advocacy for broader reform, Anti-corruption Advocacy and Assistance Center (AAC) in Shirak Marz was launched on December 19, 2008 in the premises of Gyumri-based "Asparez" Journalists' Club. It also aims to reveal the laws that contain corruption risks and the shortcomings of implementation of the laws and decisions. The 0800 01 121 hotline will be operating to help citizens.


Civil society assessment of ENP 2008 implementation
18.12.2008

Civil society assessment of ENP 2008 implementation

On December 18, 2008, co-authors Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman and Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in the presentation of "Armenia's ENP implementation in 2008: Partnership for Open Society Perspective." Amalia Kostanyan came up with a review of Armenia's progress in "Strengthening democratic structures, the rule of law, including reform of the judiciary and combating fraud and corruption" with a focus on measures related to anti-corruption actions implemented or planned in the scope of ENP.


TIAC remarks and suggestions on Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms
17.12.2008

TIAC remarks and suggestions on Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms

Draft Strategy of the Armenian Procurement System Reforms considered some remarks and suggestions by TIAC, which in particular reads, "The presented document (the Strategy) includes both substantial positive, as well as certain negative elements. A key feature of the Strategy is that it identifies all those formal and informal problems, which exist in the public procurement system. At the same time, its major shortcoming is the insufficient level of efficiency and conformity of the proposals aimed at the solution of the existing problems of the system. Below are our organization's remarks and suggestions on some points of the Strategy."


Expert discussion on regulation of electoral campaign finance in Armenia
17.12.2008

Expert discussion on regulation of electoral campaign finance in Armenia

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) convened on December 17, 2008 an expert discussion on electoral legislation within the framework of "Monitoring of the election campaign finance in Armenia" project. Organized with the support of IFES, the discussion brought together interested legislators, representatives from governmental institutions, international organizations, political parties and NGOs to share their expertise and experience on regulation of electoral campaign finance in Armenia.


Corruption control cannot be effective if it does not target all institutions
15.12.2008

Corruption control cannot be effective if it does not target all institutions

Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center was one of the guest speakers to address a conference on "The Role of Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and Media in the Fight against Corruption" organized on December 15, 2008 by Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Armenia, funded by the UNDEF and the USAID, restating TI position on the on-going anti-corruption reforms in Armenia.


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.