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Invitation to tender for audit services

Transparency International Anticorruption Center hereby invites auditing companies to submit applications for conducting a financial audit of the project implemented in the framework of a grant provided by the state (the budget of the noted grant: 60,673,200.00 AMD, actual expenses: 25,666,706.49 AMD)


This path does not guarantee that the judicial system will heal

Speaking of the issue of vetting in the judicial system in an interview with Lragir,am, TI Armenia Project Director, Varuzhan Hoktanyan has noted that there is a risk all of the problems of the judiciary will remain, politicized decisions will be handed down by courts to please the authorities and the reward for that service will be turning a blind eye to their corruption


This will be the best test for finding out whether or not Armenia has an independent judiciary: Varuzhan Hoktanyan

Speaking about the scandal around an Armenian export of tobacco to Russia, in an interview with Factor TV, TI Armenia Project Director, Varuzhan Hoktanyan has noted that the only proportionate reaction by the authorities would be the launching of criminal investigations into the matter. Hoktanyan has hoped that the law-enforcement authorities will investigate the issue objectively, however, he does emphasize that there will be political pressure.


This is smuggling and I would like to hear explanations of law-enforcement agencies: Varuzhan Hoktanyan

Speaking to Pastinfo about the case of the seizure of a cargo with tobacco exported from Armenia to Russia, Transparency International Armenia Project Director, Varuzhan Hoktanyan has noted that he would like to hear the explanations of the Armenian law-enforcement agencies because, in Hoktanyan’s view, this is a simple case of smuggling.

According to the TI Armenia expert, an objective investigation is required along with relevant punishments, irrespective of the people involved. To what extent this will be carried out will be a test for the new government and it will also show whether or not they are serious in their fight against corruption, Varuzhan Hoktanyan has concluded.


Promised vetting of judges not taking place due to lack of inefficient parliamentary oversight: Hayk Martirosyan

On May 20, an expert discussion on the topic of “Soft vetting for the future but not for the past” was held at the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs (AIISA) where Hayk Martirosyan, a legal expert from the Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) touched upon a number of issues in the scope of the expected legal and judicial reforms in Armenia.


Obviously, it has been very hard for the Prime Minister to make a decision in this situation: Sona Ayvazyan

An internal EU report claims that the UK government has pressured the Armenian government in a two-year standoff between protesters, an international mining company and the authorities, according to openDemocracy.

The Amulsar gold mine shot to the forefront of Armenian politics after the country underwent its “Velvet Revolution” in 2018, when public protests forced the ruling Republican Party out of power. In the aftermath local residents and environmental activists began a blockade of the unfinished $400m mining project, bringing them into conflict with British-American mining company Lydian International, the company’s international supporters and the Armenian government.


Law-enforcement fails in fight against corruption. Why aren’t tougher measures being taken: Sona Ayvazyan

In a brief interview to Factor.am, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption Center, Sona Ayvazyan has pointed out the fact the law-enforcement authorities in Armenia are losing the fight against corruption. Why do we have a situation where people accused of major financial abuses are so easily able to leave the country?


Changes to Judicial Code are a step back in terms of ensuring independence of judiciary

In an interview with MediaLab, Transparency International Anticorruption Center legal expert, Hayk Martirosyan has talked of issues related to legal and judicial reforms in Armenia, particularly with regard to the integrity assessment and vetting of judges. Based on recent developments, Hayk Martirosyan has noted that the current judicial system will basically not undergo vetting.


Statement regarding “Draft Law on Making Amendments and Supplements to RA Law on 2020 State Budget”

The parliament exercises oversight over the executive branch of government, among other instruments, through the approval and oversight of the main financial document of the country – the state budget. This mechanism of checks and balances ensures prevention of abuse of power as best as possible, thus safeguarding the constitutional guarantees for the regular activities of the branches of government.


Judicial Code provision on evaluation of judges goes against logical structure of judiciary: Hayk Martirosyan

TIAC legal expert Hayk Martirosyan spoke to “News” of Armenia’s public television about the government’s plans with regard to vetting of judges and changes to the Judicial Code of the country. According to the TIAC expert, the government basically does not plan on conducting a vetting of judges, since the third component of vetting – integrity assessment – refers only to the candidates to become judges.