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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.


An interview on findings of study in the mining sector
10.02.2011

An interview on findings of study in the mining sector

In her interview to "A1+", Sona Ayvazyan, the Chair of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) noted that TIAC conducted a study in the mining sector, assisted by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund, and exposed numerous gaps. The organization attempted to receive data from official sources on metal-ore mines in Armenia, including their founders, the environmental-social programs carried out by them and the payments.


Increasing the Integrity of Mineral Resource Management
31.01.2011

Increasing the Integrity of Mineral Resource Management

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) released a publication "Towards Integrity in Mineral Resource Management." It introduces a foundation of integrity of operations in the mining sector as regarded by TIAC, which is developed within internationally recognized and actively extending framework of the principles of sustainable development, responsible business and transparent management.

See "Towards Integrity in Mineral Resource Management" publication and database on metal-ore mines in Armenia on TIAC website in Armenian.


Draft findings and recommendations of the Compliance Committee with regard to Communication ACCC/C/2009/43 concerning compliance by Armenia
29.01.2011

Draft findings and recommendations of the Compliance Committee with regard to Communication ACCC/C/2009/43 concerning compliance by Armenia

In closed session, taking account of the comments received, at its thirtieth meeting, Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee proceeded to finalize its findings and recommendations with regard to communication concerning non-compliance by Armenia with its obligations under article 6, paragraphs 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10, and article 9, paragraph 2, of the Aarhus Convention. The Committee adopted its findings and recommendations and agreed that they should be published as an addendum to the report. The communication concerns the issuance and renewal of licenses to a developer for the exploitation of copper and molybdenum deposits in Teghut, Lori region of Armenia.


Statement of Armenian and Georgian NGOs on the Environmental Safety of Teghut Mining Project
25.01.2011

Statement of Armenian and Georgian NGOs on the Environmental Safety of Teghut Mining Project

In November 2007, the Government of Armenia approved a project on copper-molybdenum mining in the north-eastern region of Armenia. Allocated area for mining is 1,491 hectares, 82% of which is covered with mountainous forests. Exploitation of the mine will produce about 500 million tones of tailings of hazardous substances and 600 million tones of various other wastes. Dumping tails will be disposed in the gorge of Duqanadzor River, flowing to Shnogh - tributary of transboundary Debed.