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.
Human rights activists inform that citizens, suffered from the police violence and illegal detentions during the recent incidents, can start a legal procedures and demand compensations. Artur Sakunts, Chairman of HCA, urges that first and foremost individual citizens should file complaints to RA Special Investigation Service (SIS) about their illegal detention.
There is a deep social and political crisis. There is a widespread hatred of the ruling elite towards the society and vice versa. During the recent years the authoritieas have done their best to make a degrading society, formed the atmosphere, which resulted in this explosion. Members of the "Sasna Dzrer" armed group made a move and now there must be an adequate response to the move by the government, which does not exist.
Negotiations between RA authorities and the members of the armed group with the mediation of the Nagorno Karabakh National Assembly MP Vitali Balasanyan failed for several reasons. The main problem was the incomplete organization of the process. The experts of the negotiation process said during the discussion at "Media Center" on July 26.
Qualifying the armed group members as terrorists or something else by different senior officials does not contribute to the peaceful solution of the situation in Yerevan. Advocate Tigran Yegoryan said this during the discussion on “Legal Political Assessment of Yerevan Latest Events” at Media Center on July 20.
Media Center, July 19, Yerevan: The lack of timely and sufficient coverage of the armed attack by TV channels led to the deepening of the gap between the public and the governmenton the one hand, and the interested audience moved to the online media field on the other hand. Boris Navasardyan, Chairman of Yerevan Press Club, said this during the discussion on “How did the Arenian media cover the armed attack in Yerevan” at Media Center on July 19.
Turkey’s failed military coup would be revealed in the political life of the country for a long time. “Aftershocks” are possible in the near future and the Turkish political leadership, represented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be busy with internal problems, so they would not be much active in the regional issues. Turkey lost its ambitious positions in the region as a result of domestic political instability.
The results of the summit of NATO that took place in Warsaw on July 8-9 have been the subject for different discussions and comments not only among the Armenian experts and politicians but also in the media field.
During the complete transition to the new Constitution, which will be held in April 2018, when the president will lay down its powers and the state will pass to the parliamentary form of governance, some shocks may occur. RA MP Edmon Marukyan thinks so.
Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski presented the foreign policy and global security strategy of the European Union during the press conference at Media Center.
The new Draft Tax Code has been at the core of criticism among public, political and professional circles but was adopted by the first reading at the National Assembly. In fact, it is the constitution of the business world and it needs significant corrections and conceptual changes.
Although there are some positive developments in recent years in solving the problems of people held in prisons, systemic problems remain in penitentiaries. They are overcrowded penitentiaries, the low quality of medical service provided to people in prison, their jail conditions, as well as non-statutory relations in penitentiaries. Such is the conclusion of the observation group, conducting public monitoring in penitentiary institutions and bodies of the Ministry of Justice.