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World Report 2011: A Facade of Action
24.01.2011

World Report 2011: A Facade of Action

World Report of Human Rights Watch 2011 summarized human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2010 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.
This year the report focused on what it calls the silence and complicity of the U.S., U.N., EU and major European nations in dealing with rights-abusing developing nations.


CSO representatives' visit to Washington, D.C.
19.01.2011

CSO representatives' visit to Washington, D.C.

As part of Armenian civil society experts' delegation, Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center paid a policy advocacy visit to Washington, D. C. from January 19 to 21, 2011. Organized by Open Society Foundations-Armenia, it was planned to present analysis and recommendations in the fields of human rights, media freedom and corruption to relevant sector specialists of US government departments and agencies and the Armenian Diaspora organizations' national headquarters.


The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
13.01.2011

The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy

Global freedom suffered its fifth consecutive year of decline in 2010, according to Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House's annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties around the world. This represents the longest continuous period of decline in the nearly 40-year history of the survey. The year featured drops in the number of free countries and the number of electoral democracies, as well as an overall deterioration for freedom in the Middle East and North Africa region.


"Failure to establish a national platform of EaP CSF"
12.01.2011

"Failure to establish a national platform of EaP CSF"

Members of the initiative group of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform of Armenia issued a statement. "We, the undersigned, promulgate that we do not approve of the faulty competence of the Armenian National Platform coordinating council and distrusted ANP staff to convene a general meeting and to carry out ANP replenishment.We do not accept the decisions taken under the name of ANP general meeting on December 25, 2010.


Corruption is pervasive in Armenia
12.01.2011

Corruption is pervasive in Armenia

According to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom, released by U.S. Heritage Foundation and "The Wall Street Journal," Armenia's economy, recognized as moderately free, ranked 36th among 180 countries in the world with economic freedom score 69.7. Its overall score was increased by 0.5 point compared with last year; however, this year as well freedom from corruption component, as one of 10 freedoms of the world rankings covering the index, is considerably deviated from its overall score.


Environmental Concerns of Teghut Project in the focus of an international conference
14.12.2010

Environmental Concerns of Teghut Project in the focus of an international conference

On December 14, 2010, Sona Ayvazyan, Member of Teghut Defense Group and Chair of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center attended and addressed an international conference on "Environmental Security of the Plan to Exploit Teghut Copper-Molybdenum Mine" at Yerevan's Congress Hotel. Initiated by Teghut Defense Group and Georgian Green Alternative NGO, representatives of Armenian and Georgian state agencies, international organizations and international conventions, as well as those from mining companies, financial institutions, and NGOs, independent experts and journalists were invited to the conference.


Statement of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center on International Anti-Corruption Day
09.12.2010

Statement of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center on International Anti-Corruption Day

Today, on December 9 the world marks the International Anti-corruption Day. As the studies of Transparency International (TI), international anti-corruption movement, as well as those of other international organizations reveal, ordinary citizens, experts and businesspeople agree that the level of corruption throughout the world increases and corruption remains as one of the most serious obstacles to the solutions of global problems. Unfortunately, as the studies of local and international experts and opinion poll surveys reveal, Armenia remains as country with widespread and systemic corruption.


People see corruption getting worse but are ready to get involved, says biggest Transparency International global public opinion survey
09.12.2010

People see corruption getting worse but are ready to get involved, says biggest Transparency International global public opinion survey

A press conference was held on December 9, 2010, International Anti-Corruption Day at Marriott Armenia Hotel. Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) presented the findings of the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB), released by Transparency International (TI) Global Anti-corruption Organization, and TIAC Chair Sona Ayvazyan informed about establishment of an award in the name of Amalia Kostanyan.


Call for the UNCAC implementation review group UNCAC states parties and UNODC to ensure a transparent and participatory UNCAC review mechanism
09.12.2010

Call for the UNCAC implementation review group UNCAC states parties and UNODC to ensure a transparent and participatory UNCAC review mechanism

The UNCAC Coalition, a global network of over 240 civil society organizations in 100 countries, calls on States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to ensure that the newly functioning UNCAC review mechanism is transparent and participatory. Transparency and the participation of civil society are critical to the fight against corruption globally, as recognized in Article 13 and other provisions of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).


Armenia's mining management sector in focus
08.12.2010

Armenia's mining management sector in focus

On December 8, 2010, Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) hosted a working discussion on Armenia's mining management reforms in Marriott Armenia Hotel.During the event, TIAC Chair Sona Ayvazyan presented recommendations of public representatives, while Dr. Edita Vardgesyan of the Department of Environmental Economics, Armenian State University of Economics examined best international practice and criteria in the mining sector.