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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.


Non governmental organizations condemn violence
29.05.2008

Non governmental organizations condemn violence

"On May 28, 2008, Arsen Kharatyan, an activist of "Sksela" and "Hima" youth movements was brutally beaten by unidentified assailants. Violence against the young public figure and numerous instances of gross violation of human rights prior to it do not witness of the authorities' willingness to overcome the gap between the government and society, as it was declared by them. On the contrary, they prove the lack of such will in reality, which increases mistrust toward the authorities," reads a statement of a number of NGOs.


Performance action in defense of Teghut forest biodiversity
22.05.2008

Performance action in defense of Teghut forest biodiversity

Teghut Defense Group held the next protest action in front of the Government building on May 22, International Day for Biological Diversity this time with animal masks. The animals living in Teghut will have to migrate as a result of exploitation of the copper-molybdenum deposit and in addition to other disastrous consequences, biodiversity of Teghut forest will be destroyed.


Civil society is upset with restriction of democracy
21.05.2008

Civil society is upset with restriction of democracy

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) held a press conference at Friday Press Club on the Amendments to the "Law on Conducting Meetings, Assemblies, Rallies and Demonstrations of the Republic of Armenia" on May 21, 2008. Parliamentarian Zaruhi Postanjyan, TIAC chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan and Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Branch chairman Artur Sakunts addressed the journalists and answered their questions during the press conference.


TIAC comments on the new Anti-corruption Strategy
20.05.2008

TIAC comments on the new Anti-corruption Strategy

In the firm belief of the Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center Amalia Kostanyan, activities of the past years should be given a serious evaluation with emphasis on enforcement of laws and prosecution of corrupt government officials before starting the development of the Republic of Armenia Anti-corruption Strategy and its 2008-2012 Implementation Action Plan. TIAC came up with detailed comments on its first chapter presented below.


Protest action in front of government building
15.05.2008

Protest action in front of government building

Teghut Defense Group held a two-hour protest action in front of the government building. Dozens of protesters with numerous posters required the Armenian government to review the decisions on the operation for the Teghut copper-molybdenum mine. The participants in the action articulated "Green and Clean Armenia!", "Hands off Teghut!" and other slogans.


Press conference in defense of Teghut
13.05.2008

Press conference in defense of Teghut

On May 13, 2008, TIAC executive director Sona Ayvazyan and other members of Teghut Defense Group conducted a press conference at the Friday Press Club to reflect on the details of the preceding action and to present future plans. They aimed at filing several lawsuits with courts disputing the government license for the operation of the Teghut molybdenum and copper mine as well as any permission for prospecting work for uranium in the provinces of Syunik and Vayots Dzor.


Environmentalists made an awareness bike trip to Teghut
09.05.2008

Environmentalists made an awareness bike trip to Teghut

Initiated by Teghut Defense Group, SOS Teghut bike tour brought together 40 citizens, including 25 bikers to take part in an awareness trip to Teghut. The action aimed at focusing the Armenian public on the destructive consequences of the exploitation of Teghut copper molybdenum mine. The project approved by the Armenian government, is being implemented by Armenia Copper Program (ACP).


Building Transparency and Reducing Corruption Related to Defense Establishments
05.05.2008

Building Transparency and Reducing Corruption Related to Defense Establishments

TIAC chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan participated in the first workshop of institutional and intergovernmental practitioners in Geneva from May 5 to 7, 2008, attended by over 50 experts from institutions around the world. Within the scope of ongoing initiatives to counter corruption in defense, the event was organized by Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) together with Transparency International-UK and the Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) with the support of NATO and the Swiss Government.


Civil society protests against exploiting Teghut mine
30.04.2008

Civil society protests against exploiting Teghut mine

On April 30, 2008, together with Armenian environmentalists and other concerned organizations of civil society, TIAC took part in an action of protest against exploiting Teghut mine by ACP Company in front of the National Assembly of Armenia where at that time there was a combined question and answer session of government and parliament. In an anti-corruption T-shirts and slogans, the protesters demanded stopping the mine exploitation and conducting independent expertise by involving international environmental experts.