“Students Against Army Respite: Demands and Proposals”
08.11.2017
11:00
A discussion entitled “Students Against Army Respite: Requirements and Proposals” was held at Media Center on November 8 attended by Aren Manukyan, Member of the initiative “For the sake of development of science 2004” and Misha Tadevosyan, Member of Education Civic Initiative, Education Expert.

For the past two days, students have organized a strike in front of the Yerevan State University. They protest against the draft law “On Military Duty and Military Service”, which was passed after the first reading in the National Assembly, in particular against the provision of elimination of the right to army respite. Students demand to maintain the right to army respite, claiming that it will harm the science sector in Armenia.

Aren Manukyan thinks that the only way to talk to the government is the street fight.

“Because when you initiate a normal debate, you make different suggestions, they do not accept it. It is already the third time that they are initiating such a law draft. The only possible option is the street fight, the strike, marches, the rally. If the authorities continue to behave in such a way, they will reach there that more people will join this struggle, and in that case, yes, I think it will be possible to win. The hall discussions only legitimize their options,” Manukyan said.

According to him, the draft law actually does not bring any positive changes to the army.

“In terms of quantity or quality, he does not solve the problem. By bringing such a concept, there is no positive shift in the army. Only 100 people are affected in a year, 100 people will be enrolled in the army, because of which science will suffer, and 100 will be cut off from science. Meanwhile, these 100 scientists could benefit the economy, the army and the state,” Manukyan adds.

Misha Tadevosyan says education, science and defense are not on the same scale.

“The most important condition for the development of the country is education and science, and in this case the state adopts a similar policy, it is a serious challenge for education. And its influence can not be assessed at this point, we have a reality, when the consequences are unpredictableit is a decline in motivation, reducing the interest in education, reducing education's value,” Tadevosyan underlines.

He adds that the draft law is not aimed at social justice but will lead to “social polarization” under the slogan of social justice.

“We must give our students the opportunity to choose their own way from the perspective of law enforcement,” Tadevosyan adds.

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

To watch the video, follow the link.  

Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
Yerevan’s architectural profile and construction problems: solutions offered by elders’ candidates
11.09.2018
11:00
September 11, Media Center hosted a discussion on Yerevan Elders’ Elections: Yerevan’s architectural profile and construction problems: within the frames of the discussion the candidates presented their suggestions and solutions.
Demand to Release Shant Harutyunyan and Possible Developments
06.09.2018
12:00
In the last few days discussions about releasing Shant Harutyunyan became heated especially after Harutyunyan’s son’s speech. At a September 6 Media Center discussion Artur Sakunts, head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor office, Vardan Harutyunyan, head of center of right and freedom and Hovsep Khurshudyan, head of Free Citizen NGO presented their views regarding the issue.
NA Monitoring. The Results of the 3rd Session period of the 6th Convention of the NA
05.09.2018
13:00
It is 8 years the NA monitoring has presented the monitoring results of the NA session periods.
“The velvet Revolution sends out the message that now Armenia is more open to the world and for investments”, says the ambassador of Brazil to Armenia.
05.09.2018
11:00
September 7 this year marks 196th anniversary of Brazil’s independence. On this occasion Media Center hosted H.E. Agemar de Mendonça Sanctos, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Brazil to Armenia.
“The key principle of the transitional justice is to establish solidarity in the society”: Avetik Ishkhanyan
04.09.2018
12:30
September 4, Media Center hosted a press conference on Transitional Justice: Extreme or Necessity” attended by Avetik Ishkhanyan, president of Armenian Helsinki Committee.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Videos
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events