Although there are no precise data, according to advocates, there are still more than five dozen citizens (besides the armed group members) in custody as a consequence of the July events. Arayik Papikyan, Advocate, Representative of Helsinki Association, said during the press conference, entitled "The Cases of Detained Citizens during the July Events: Evaluation of the Preliminary Phase" at Media Center on November 24.
"Informed Citizens Association" NGO has created a unique project in the Armenian Internet segment called "SUT.am" the main goal of which is to reveal the false information published by the officials, the official bodies, and the media.
The main Armenian lobbying organizations maintained neutrality during the USA presidential elections and did not support any candidate. Now when Donald Trump is elected as the US president, the Armenian organizations try to understand the foreign policy approaches of Trump who has little political experience and to elaborate on approaches to work with the Republican administration in the White House.
Poland supports the signing of Armenia-EU framework agreement, which will be the legal basis of relations between the two sides. Mr. Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to the Republic of Armenia, said this during the press conference, held ahead of the Independence Day of Poland at Media Center on November 9.
The proposal of "Gazprom Armenia" company about reducing the gas prices looks like a short-term pre-election campaign and prices may rise again in July next year. On the other hand, the burden of reducing the tariffs for Armenia in terms of 105 thousand needy families will be at the expense of the state budget, and this is not a real gas price decrease, but just a change of a payer.
Although the negotiations on a new framework agreement between Armenia and the European Union are in a quite dynamic process, experts are anxious that Russia-West intensifying contradictions and the possible improper quality of next year's parliamentary elections in Armenia can have a bad impact on Yerevan-Brussels negotiation process.
RA Government program, Tax Code adopted recently, general administration and real economic claims do not correlate to one another. The economy requires non-standard approaches, concrete measures, the government stipulates it to some extent in its program, but the human resources changes and the planned fiscal policy are not conducive to solve that problem. Ashot Khurshudyan, an economist, said this during the discussion at Media Center on October 25.
The adoption of the amendments to the Electoral Code and the related laws at the National Assembly on October 20, that specifically include the provision about "false denunciation", attains political goals and is cast against the free activity of observers and the media. Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center on October 20.
The session of CSTO Collective Security Council, held on October 14 in Yerevan, showed that there are profound disagreements between the allies. It is evidenced by the fact that the fate of adopting the CSTO statement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was still uncertain, and the representative of Armenia was not approved in the post of the Secretary General of the Organization, as it was anticipated according to the rotation principle of the CSTO Charter.
The main players of the Armenian political field act in the frame of pre-electoral phase though a couple of days have passed after the local self-government elections and there is more than half a year for the parliamentary elections. New political players emerge, and the main topic of discussions is the parliamentary elections to be held in 2017. Political scientists spoke about this during the discussion at Media center.
Economists consider that the change in the composition of ministers of the economic block of the prime minister and the government in Armenia is not so much a change of economic development mode but an action derived from some political reasons before the elections.
Though the tourism field develops in Armenia and the number of tourists visiting Armenia has grown for 2, 4% during the first six months of this year compared to the same period of the previous year, the problems in this sector still arise. They are the lack of funding of state policy, improper state of the infrastructures, lack of human resources and the issues related to the availability of Armenia for tourists.
The human rights protection in 25-year-old independent Armenia is still far from being proper. There are numerous cases of human rights violations in public, social, political and economic spheres. This is the opinion of human rights defenders who participated in a discussion on the current issues and challenges of human rights protection on September 20 at Media Center.
Although the coup organized by the militaries in Turkey in mid-July failed, the revolution is taking place in that country. It is the revolution of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that aims to maximally weaken the military, to make the Islamists a strong political factor, to change the constitution and to concentrate all the power in the hands of the president. This is the opinion of Giro Manoyan, Member of the ARF Bureau, Head of Armenian Cause Office.
Rights of detainees were massively violated during the demonstrations organized after July 17 when “Sasna Dzrer” armed group attacked the police station in Yerevan. There are many injuries on them, most of them were kept in the police unit, which is unacceptable. This is a violation of the law for 100 percent. Suren Iskandaryan, member of the Public Monitoring Group at the Detention Facilities, told during the meeting on July 29 at Media Center.