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Armenia's ENP Implementation in 2009
03.03.2010

Armenia's ENP Implementation in 2009

On March 3, 2010, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) Varuzhan Hoktanyan and TIAC's Environmental Policy Expert Sona Ayvazyan addressed a discussion of Civil Society Report on "Armenia's European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) Implementation in 2009" by presenting TIAC expert assessments on corruption and environment. The event was organized by "Partnership for Open Society" (POS) Initiative with the support of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation - Armenia (OSIAFA).


TIAC presents its Remarks and Suggestions on Draft Law on Procurement
01.03.2010

TIAC presents its Remarks and Suggestions on Draft Law on Procurement

At the request of the Ministry of Finance, Transparency International Anti-corruption Center submitted 20-point Remarks and Suggestions on the Republic of Armenia Draft "Law on Procurement" to the consideration of the Government of Armenia. The Draft "Law on Procurement" was developed by the Government of Armenia, based on the Draft Procurement System Reform Strategy approved on 23.04.09, Procurement System Assessment Report approved by the EU experts and by the Country Procurement Assessment Report, developed by the World Bank.


Acquittal of human rights defender Arshaluys Hakobian
16.02.2010

Acquittal of human rights defender Arshaluys Hakobian

Paris-Geneva-Yerevan - The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), along with the Civil Society Institute, Helsinki Citizen's Assembly Vanadzor Office, the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, the Collaboration for Democracy Centre, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Centre, as well as the Foundation Against Violation of Law, welcome the acquittal of human rights defender Arshaluys Hakobian.


NGOs demand to stop political prosecution
26.01.2010

NGOs demand to stop political prosecution

On January 19, 2010 the editor-in-chief of "Haykakan Zhamanak" daily Nikol Pashinyan was sentenced to 7 years in prison, a downright illegal court ruling by the common jurisdiction court in Yerevan's Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts. The charge that Pashinyan organized riots was in no way proven in the course of the trial. Moreover, it is clear the court has singled out Pashinyan for excessive punishment. Of the seven other political prisoners, opposition representatives sentenced before Pashinyan on the same charges, six were given shorter terms and later released under the general amnesty.


Urgent appeal to PACE members
22.01.2010

Urgent appeal to PACE members

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center joined a number of NGOs in their appeal to the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in regard to recent changes in the composition of the Armenian delegation to the PACE imposed by the chairman of the Armenian Parliament. The NGOs voiced their protest against exclusion of an opposition MP from permanent membership in the Armenian delegation at the PACE where she has strongly criticized the Armenian authorities' human rights record.


Human Rights Watch: Armenia in 2009
20.01.2010

Human Rights Watch: Armenia in 2009

Human Rights Watch's annual review of human rights practices around the globe, The World Report 2010 summarized major human rights issues in more than 90 nations and territories worldwide. The Report on Armenia reflected on lack of accountability for excessive use of force against protestors by security forces during March 2008 events; torture and ill treatment; intimidation of party proxies and domestic observers during municipal elections; attacks on opposition newspaper journalists; media freedom; freedom of assembly; human rights defenders, including false charges against environmental activist; key international actors.


Corruption level in Armenia is of high concern
19.01.2010

Corruption level in Armenia is of high concern

According to annual Index of Economic Freedom, published by U.S. Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, overall score of Armenia's economic freedom is 69.2, ranking its economy 38th among 179 countries in 2010 Index, which decreased by 0.7 point compared with last year's ranking. Transparency International Anti-corruption Center noted that despite its comparatively high index, Armenia's data are concerning as regards one of its 10 components making the overall score - Freedom from Corruption index - ranked 111-116th with 29.0 score of the same index.


Freedom House 2010: Armenia made no progress
17.01.2010

Freedom House 2010: Armenia made no progress

On January 12, 2010, Freedom House released Freedom in the World 2010 survey. According to the survey findings Armenia has made no progress in the development of democracy for 8 consecutive years, being 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, in which a single political party enjoys dominance despite the facade of limited pluralism. Armenia received 6 and 4 points in the "political rights" and "civil liberties" categories respectively.


Statement of Human Rights Organizations
10.12.2009

Statement of Human Rights Organizations

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, a number of human rights advocate NGOs issued a statement of concern on human rights situation in Armenia with regard to the pressing problems they faced in the actions of law enforcement bodies, judiciary, as well as administering justice in Armenia. 2009 was marked with a number of cases of ill-treatment, including infliction of torture, forcing testimonies, violations of fair trial.


TIAC Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day
09.12.2009

TIAC Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

Today is December 9, International Anti-corruption Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. This year Armenia's Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index score for 2009 dropped, and the country remained in the group of states with rampant corruption among the 180 surveyed countries. Armenia, as perceived by business people and international analysts, is a state where no progress has been made to reduce the level of corruption since 2003.