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The amendments to the Electoral Code pose corruption risks
22.11.2007

The amendments to the Electoral Code pose corruption risks

A press conference on the amendments to the Electoral Code and other related laws was held on November 22 in Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan. The press conference moderator Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman and Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Vice Chair of CRD/TI Armenia, as well as other speakers Harutyun Hambardzumyan, Chairman of "It's Your Choice" NGO and Mesrop Harutyunyan, Expert of Yerevan Press Club reflected on the changes and drawbacks of the latest hastily adopted electoral legislation.


Hot discussion on Teghut
19.11.2007

Hot discussion on Teghut

CRD/TI Armenia Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan led a public discussion on "The Operation of the Teghut Copper-Molybdenum Mine" on Monday, November 19. "The government decision on Teghut mine exploitation was untimely. The discussions on this issue were not finished, the opinions were incompatible, and there was no consensus on the problem," said Sona Ayvazyan.


Statement of CRD/TI Armenia on legal issues related to the construction of the River Getar
14.11.2007

Statement of CRD/TI Armenia on legal issues related to the construction of the River Getar

Referring to the press conferences on issues related to the construction of the River Getar held by CRD/TI Armenia on November 7 and by "Yerevanproject Institute'' CJSC on November 8 we hereby inform the following. CRD/TI Armenia calls in question the reconstruction project legitimacy of the Getar river-bed with a waste of huge sums and kindly disposed attitude of the government bodies regarding illegal actions and as a result, embezzlement of state budget especially in the period preceding the presidential elections in Armenia.


Partnership for Open Society Initiative presents
08.11.2007

Partnership for Open Society Initiative presents

Partnership for Open Society Initiative presented the Civil Society Assessment of Government Decision on European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan Implementation Tools for 2007 on November 8 in Marriott Armenia Hotel. CRD/TI chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan reflected on fight against corruption, while other speakers focused on local self government, improving transparency of RA judiciary, ensuring the independence of the media, human rights and fundamental freedoms and formation of information society.


Fighting corruption in Armenia
07.11.2007

Fighting corruption in Armenia

On Wednesday, October 7 CRD/TI Armenia chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan keynoted on ''Fighting corruption in Armenia'' at a Launching Conference on the Development of the New National Anticorruption Strategy. The conference was held within the framework of USAID ''Mobilizing Action against Corruption Activity'' program. In the opinion of Ms. Kostanyan the activities of the past 3-4 years should be given a serious evaluation before starting the development of a new program.


The River Getar should not be closed
07.11.2007

The River Getar should not be closed

A press conference on the construction relating to the Getar River was held on November 7 in Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan. The event participant Roland Manukyan, Chief Hydrologist of the Armhydroenergy Project CJSC reflected on the hydrological, Karine Danielyan, President of the Association ''For Sustainable Human Development'' on the ecological and Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of CRD/TI-Armenia on the legal aspects of the Getar issue.


TI Annual International Conference and Membership Meeting in Indonesia
25.10.2007

TI Annual International Conference and Membership Meeting in Indonesia

CRD/TI Armenia's Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan participated in Transparency International (TI) Annual International Conference and Membership Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, from 25-29 October. The meeting brought together more than 200 delegates from over 90 national chapters around the world to exchange information, opinions and experience on poverty and development, political corruption, revenue transparency, civil society monitoring, corruption in defense and corruption in the judiciary as well as TI internal governance issues.


Issues on Yerevan city were discussed
24.10.2007

Issues on Yerevan city were discussed

A press conference on territorial administration and local government in Yerevan city was held in Golden Tulip Yerevan Hotel on Wednesday, October 24. The event was supported by Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Armenia and conducted by Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of CRD/TI Armenia, Vahan Movsisyan, Chairman of Communities Finance Officers Association, Board Members Davit Tumanyan and Mkrtich (Sos) Gimishyan.


On the eve of the upcoming 2008 presidential elections
16.10.2007

On the eve of the upcoming 2008 presidential elections

CRD/TI Armenia convened a workshop on "Electoral Processes in Armenia" at the Congress Hotel on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Supported by Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Armenia, the event brought together MPs, representatives of non-parliamentary political parties, state, non-governmental and international organizations, as well as media outlets to present and discuss legal framework regulating electoral processes in Armenia.


The destruction of "Garni symphony" is a case of corruption
15.10.2007

The destruction of "Garni symphony" is a case of corruption

On October 15, 2007 CRD/TI Armenia, Sksela initiative group and a group of citizens held a protest action in front of the government building in order to express dissatisfaction with the destruction of the wonder of nature, basalt columns in the Garni Gorge called "Symphony of Stones." The organizers of the action appealed to active citizens to join the demonstration and petition, file a complaint to the Prosecutor General urging the latter to take up immediate measures to prevent illegal actions, hold the guilty liable and provide compensation for damages.