There is progress in the human rights protection in the Armenian military forces but many issues still need to be solved. The security of soldiers is not provided in the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the contact line. There are problems in terms of conscripts’ check-up of soldiers, social affairs of officers and so on.
According to “Transparent International” anti-corruption organisation, the corruption perception index in Armenia did not change last year and there have been no clear reduction trends for 13 years in spite of different anti-corruption institutions and the corresponding strategy. Varujan Hoktanyan, Head of Transparent International anti-corruption center, said during press release at Media Center on January 27.
The devastating conditions for animals at Gyumri “zoo” need to be changed urgently. The animals, two bears and three lions, will leave Armenia not to return as long as the country does not provide proper conditions for them.
"Media Center", January 20, Yerevan. The suspension of the international sanctions against Iran opens wide political, economic and energetic prospects for that country in the Middle East and the South Caucasus. The end of Iran’s international isolation will give Armenia a good opportunity to intensify the economic and energetic cooperation with Tehran. There is a good chance to intensify also tourism from Iran to Armenia and vice versa, as well as to unite the tourism markets of two countries. This is the opinion of the experts, expressed during the discussion at Media Center.
Though the city council has worked in Yerevan for several years, it still fails to fully balance and monitor the city mayor’s activities. The mayor keeps maintaining power in the relations with the city council. The Mayor’s actions affected the programs of the city administration and effective enactment of the decisions.
The indicators of Armenian economy by the end of the year don't inspire optimism and upcoming 2016 will be hard time for economy. With the exception of agriculture and industry, an apparent decrease is noticed in spheres such as exporting, importing and transferring, had already expired itself. The economists announced about that during the discussion, which took place in Media Center.
The major debates over the proposed constitution turned the spotlight on the government system. However, the proposed constitution, the authorities insist, will affect the economy and, especially, the component of competitiveness. The new document proposes changes in the policy of economic competitiveness.
The deterioration in the Russian-Turkish relations will not turn into a military clash but will have a significant influence on the South Caucasus where the interests of Moscow and Ankara meet. In this situation Armenia should have a cautious and circumspect policy in order to reduce the negative consequences of Russian-Turkish conflict. On the other hand, it is not excluded that Turkey will try to open the second front against Russia by the escalation of NKR conflict via Azerbaijan.
The Republican Party has advocated for the parliamentary system since 1990, said Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Eduard Sharmazanov. He recalled the then Head of the Republican Party Ashot Navasardyan who along with other five political leaders spoke against President Ter-Petrosyan’s Constitution and proposed to establish a parliamentary system.
Armenia’s external debt has mounted by roughly 7 percent since 2011, and now given the country’s Gross Domestic Product has not actually increased, the situation appears risky. If the growth rates remain slow, the Armenian Government is likely to cover the foreign debt service with difficulty, said economist Artak Manukyan.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was heavily criticized in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh following the approval of the controversial report on Karabakh at the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. Criticisms are addressed to PACE and report author Robert Walter (United Kingdom), a rapporteur of the PACE Political Affairs Committee. The Armenian authorities, though, are also criticized, and the project’s approval is described as Yerevan’s diplomatic defeat.
The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Perinçek v. Switzerland met the demands of Armenia which was involved in the trial as a third party. The judgement, though, can hardly be called a victory.