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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.


Quo Vadis forum focused on the challenges for the civil society
08.04.2008

Quo Vadis forum focused on the challenges for the civil society

On April 8 together with its partner organizations TIAC convened Quo Vadis forum of non-governmental organizations in AUA Business Center. The meeting brought together 50 NGOs, media outlets and representatives of international organizations to discuss the situation in Armenia following March 1 events, the challenges for civil society and the ways to overcome them.


NGOs urge to immediately cease terror against the people of Armenia
27.03.2008

NGOs urge to immediately cease terror against the people of Armenia

"In the wake of the lifting of state of emergency the Armenian authorities unleashed a new wave of violence and intimidations. Having adopted Soviet KGB methods, the Armenian police and National Security Service subject unprotected people to organized repressions," reads a statement which a number of NGOs released following mass detentions in downtown Yerevan.


Armenians value freedom of speech
25.03.2008

Armenians value freedom of speech

According to the Headquarters of Protecting Freedom of Speech and GALA TV as of March 25, 5:15 pm, Chap LLC, the founder of GALA TV was able to pay the bailiffs AMD 26.899.986 (USD 90.000) "debt," imposed by the State Tax Service of RA Government and enforced by the Administrative Court. Ten thousand people of various social groups representing civil society, some of whom had never watched GALA, took part in the nationwide fund raising campaign.


NGOs condemn illicit act
21.03.2008

NGOs condemn illicit act

On March 19, 2008, a telethon asking for donations was launched in Gyumri for the support of GALA TV, the only independent television in Armenia, which was controversially fined about 27 million drams by taxing services. A car used by Levon Barseghyan, Asparez Journalists' Club board chairman and coordinator of the Headquarters of Protecting Freedom of Speech and GALA TV, involved in the fund-raising campaign, was set on fire and seriously damaged in a few days.


Civil society will not succumb to reckless authorities
20.03.2008

Civil society will not succumb to reckless authorities

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC), together with other representatives of civil society in Armenia, alarmed about the post-election situation in the country, including recent violence, arbitrary arrests, the imposition of a state of emergency, and restrictions on the freedom of assembly and press, came up with joint statements. A few days ago TIAC joined other statement condemning numerous violations of the legality and the emergency rule in the media sphere.