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The Gender Pay Gap in Armenia Is 35.9%
07.03.2016
11:00
In Armenia, men get higher monthly average salary, and it is observed in all economic sectors. The pay gap is 35.9 percent.
DISCUSSION: HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF TRANSPORTATION OF SCHOOLCHILDREN AND TEACHERS IN LORI?
04.03.2016
13:00
Despite the fact that according to the accounting of Lori Regional Administration about 100 million AMD is necessary annually for solving the transportation of schoolchildren and teachers in the marz, only 278 thousand AMD is provided by the state budget for this purpose. The amount of the money has not changed during the last ten years and, in spite of real needs, the regional administration did not even try to demand more money from the Ministry of Finance when they submitted the annual budget. So the provided money is distributed among the four schools of the marz to solve the transportation problem of schoolchildren attending those schools only.
The Parliament Has Turned into the Government's Extension, Lawmakers
03.03.2016
13:00
During the eighth session the Fifth Armenian Parliament adopted four times more laws at special parliamentary meetings than the lawmakers managed to adopt during the whole session. 90 out of 112 legislative amendments were adopted at special meetings, with lawmakers initiating only 8 /7%/ laws.
Political Will Is a Must to Solve the March 1 Case, Jhangiryan
01.03.2016
12:00
Though some eight years have passed since the dramatic events on March 1, 2008, those guilty of the murder of ten people are not found and convicted, said Gagik Jhangiryan.
Interview: Artur Sakunts
29.02.2016
17:00
The Media Center hosted Artur Sakunts from Vanadzor Office of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly.
THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED: THE OPPOSITION AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE DRAFT ELECTION CODE
29.02.2016
14:00
Though the new Election Code is to be drafted according to President Serzh Sargsyan’s decision and introduced to the Parliament no later than March 1, the opposition, civil society representatives and even experts know little about the provisions of the document.
EXPERTS: ARMENIA SHOULD INTRODUCE AN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS OMBUDSMAN
26.02.2016
14:00
Armenia needs a business ombudsman to improve the effective protection of the interests of business in the country. Besides, the NGOs defending the interests of business should activate the work with government bodies.
Vardges Gaspari Is a Victim of Political Repression. Rights Defenders
24.02.2016
13:00
Human rights defenders refuse to agree with the official explanation for civic activist Vardges Gaspari’s detention. They describe the detention as “an illegal and unreasonable act” and Gaspari is detained for his political views.
Armenia Needs an Anti-Discrimination Law. Rights Defenders
24.02.2016
11:00
The Media Center hosted a discussion on the recent violence acts against sexual minority representatives and attitudes of the law enforcement and health sectors.
Loans Are Borrowed to Pay Debts Instead of Improving the Energy Industry
23.02.2016
14:00
The Armenian Government borrows a loan of USD 30 million to pay short-term loans of state electricity stations rather than to improve the energy industry in the country. As a result, the payment period is prolonged, with the Government increasing its gross debt.
Ancient Wine Cellars in Yerevan Downtown Are in Danger
19.02.2016
12:00
Yerevan is losing its face as ancient buildings in the center of the city are being demolished. Demolition of buildings and ancient underground wine cellars on Pushkin, Abovyan and Aram streets, along with the construction of multifunctional buildings in these territories, damages not only the architectural view of Yerevan but also its attractiveness for tourism and wine industry. Representatives of tour operators and wine industry stated this at the Media Center conference held on 19 February.
No Major Violations Observed at the Local Elections in the Consolidated Communities
17.02.2016
11:00
The February 14 local elections in the consolidated communities in Tavush, Syunik and Lori regions are credible despite some minor violations. The Central Electoral Committee did not receive complaints.
Domestic Violence Victims Are Exerted Pressure on in Armenia
12.02.2016
12:00
After the investigation of domestic violence cases in Armenia quite often biased decisions are made. The court views even a case of murder as a crime out of jealousy and makes very mild verdicts. As a result, the number of domestic violence cases increases, believe civil society representatives.
The Referendum Cannot Be Considered Legitimate, Citizen Observer
10.02.2016
11:00
The constitutional referendum held on December the 6th was conducted with very rude violations. Together with its violations, large extent of stuffing, abuse of administrative resources the referendum cannot be considered legitimate and fulfilled. Members of the ''Citizen- Observer'' and civil society representatives, who had carried out an observation mission on the referendum day at about 520 polling stations spoke on the violations observed.
EU Ambassador to Armenian Authorities, “Do Your Homework”
09.02.2016
11:00
The European Union and Armenia are developing efficient relations. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will visit Armenia and her visit will herald the EU willingness to foster efficient relations with Armenia, said Ambassador Piotr Switalski, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.
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