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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.


State of Emergency
03.03.2008

State of Emergency

According to RA President's decree of March 1, state of emergency is declared in the city of Yerevan for a period of 20 days, because of which www.transparency.am website temporarily suspends its activities.


Civil society expresses concern over rigged election
29.02.2008

Civil society expresses concern over rigged election

On February 29, 2008 Amalia Kostanyan, chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center presented the findings of the Center's campaign finance monitoring for the 2008 Presidential Elections in Armenia in a joint press conference held in Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan. According to the preliminary findings of the monitoring project, two presidential candidates - Serzh Sargsyan and Vahan Hovhannisyan - exceeded the 70 million AMD limitation for the pre-election campaign fund provided by Article 79.4 of the Armenian Electoral Code.


Armenian NGOs condemn
26.02.2008

Armenian NGOs condemn

Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, "Asparez" Journalists' Club and Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office issued a statement on February 26, 2008, which says: "We accuse the Armenian authorities of another rigged election, marred by gross violations of law and human rights during the pre-election period, on the voting day and the post-election week."


"Kiraki" covered electoral processes
14.02.2008

"Kiraki" covered electoral processes

On February 14, 2008, CRD/TI Armenia chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan was a guest of "Kiraki" weekly analytical newscast of "A1+" television. She was asked to reflect on instances of violation of election campaign, voters' opportunity of free expression of their will, new amendment to the electoral legislative framework, etc. "Kiraki" is aired on Sundays through "Hamaspyur" network of 11 television stations in Armenia's provinces.


Television shows aired
09.02.2008

Television shows aired

From February 9 to 17, 2008 "Yerkir Media" television broadcasts series of television shows within the project "My Question to Future President," organized by CRD/TI Armenia with the support of the British Embassy. The presidential candidates have a unique opportunity to convey their messages to the young generation during the talk shows. In their turn, the high school students are entitled not only to ask questions to the presidential hopefuls but also to evaluate the talks and the meetings.