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Armenian volunteers are interested in current situation of the country
06.06.2007

Armenian volunteers are interested in current situation of the country

A forum on "Current Political and Economic Climate in Armenia" was held at Birthright Armenia Office on June 6, 2007. In the wake of the parliamentary elections on May 12, the forum focused on Armenia's political scene, challenges and opportunities of the upcoming presidential elections in Armenia, as well as issues on incumbent authorities and distribution of political powers.


Meeting in Vanadzor advanced anti-corruption efforts
05.06.2007

Meeting in Vanadzor advanced anti-corruption efforts

The fifth meeting within the scope of a UNDP project on "Strengthening Awareness and Response in Exposure of Corruption in Armenia" was held in Vanadzor on June 5. Through information and awareness building on corruption perception in Armenia in 2006, the guest speaker, CRD/TI Armenia chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan, initiated a dialogue with an audience of 40 members of civil society, including university students and faculty, NGO community and local media on confronting corruption and facing the challenges of tackling it.


Findings of CRD/TI Armenia monitoring are used in the Constitutional Court
01.06.2007

Findings of CRD/TI Armenia monitoring are used in the Constitutional Court

On June 1, 2007 the Constitutional Court hearing series on opposition appeals against the official results of the May 12 parliamentary elections began. Three applicant political parties, namely Hanrapetutyun, New Times, and Country of Law (OEK), and one bloc, Impeachment, applied to the Constitutional Court alleging large-scale fraud. Among other arguments to be heard during the court sessions, Hanrapetutyun party and Impeachment bloc submitted preliminary findings of CRD/TI Armenia NGO's pre-election monitoring.


Preliminary findings of the pre-election campaign monitoring presented
31.05.2007

Preliminary findings of the pre-election campaign monitoring presented

Press release
Preliminary financial report on 5 party events
Preliminary financial report on 5 party campaign materials

On May 31, 2007 CRD/TI Armenia Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan, Vice Chair Varuzhan Hoktanyan and Project Coordinator Vakhtang Siradeghyan presented the preliminary findings of a monitoring project in the Queen Erato Room of Marriott Armenia Hotel. The project focused on party finance and the use of administrative resources for the 2007 Parliamentary Elections in the cities of Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor.


Women negatively assess anti-corruption developments in Armenia
26.05.2007

Women negatively assess anti-corruption developments in Armenia

Women are unanimous in their dissatisfaction with current anti-corruption developments in the country. Despite their political affiliation, this opinion was expressed by numerous participants during a presentation on "Civil Society Institutions and Key Issues of Fighting Corruption" at the Women's Leadership School, where CRD/TI Armenia chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan was a guest speaker.


The fourth power throughout the republic is expected to be active in anti-corruption struggle
25.05.2007

The fourth power throughout the republic is expected to be active in anti-corruption struggle

The fourth in series of meetings within the framework of a UNDP project on "Strengthening Awareness and Response in Exposure of Corruption in Armenia" with the participation of a network of republican and regional journalists was held in UNDP office in Yerevan. Representatives of Public Radio and "Haylur" program of Public Television of Armenia, ALT TV of Armavir, Lusalik TV of Charentsavan, STV 1 of Sevan, "Yeritasard Dilijan" newspaper of Dilijan, "Aragats Ashkharh" newspaper of Hnaberd, "Ap" newspaper of Sevan, were among the partipants who took part in a presentation by chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan on the findings of CRD/TI Armenia's survey on "2006 Corruption Perception in Armenia."


Judicial Corruption Fuels Impunity, Corrodes Rule of Law, Says New Transparency International Report
24.05.2007

Judicial Corruption Fuels Impunity, Corrodes Rule of Law, Says New Transparency International Report

Corruption is undermining judicial systems around the world, denying citizens access to justice and the basic human right to a fair and impartial trial, sometimes even to a trial at all, according to the Global Corruption Report 2007: Corruption in Judicial Systems issued today by Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption.


Civil society is concerned with developments in Armenia
14.05.2007

Civil society is concerned with developments in Armenia

On May 14, 19 civil society organizations signed a statement regarding the pre-election period and the election campaign. In the statement they expressed concern with violations of freedom of press and access to the mass media, freedom of assembly and association, the right to privacy, violence and the murder attempts during and before the election period, as well as widespread corruption and the unlawful use of administrative resources.


Election Fair parodies unfair electoral practices
05.05.2007

Election Fair parodies unfair electoral practices

The Center for Regional Development/ Transparency International Armenia, together with Armenian Helsinki Committee, "Sksela" Initiative group and other partners, held an "Election Fair," on May 5 by the Komitas Statue near the Conservatoire. The Fair aimed to mock all the negative aspects of Armenian politics manifested throughout the republic during this pre-election period.


Parties' views on specific issues published
03.05.2007

Parties' views on specific issues published

A Presentation featuring a new publication entitled "Political Parties - Viewpoints and Approaches" was hosted by the Partnership for Open Society initiative on May 3 in the Congress Hotel. Together with three other guest speakers, CRD/TI Armenia Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan presented an expert view on the topic of Corruption.