It is not possible to fight against corruption by legislative changes and forming various governmental councils. Serious structural changes and institutional reforms are necessary. Varujan Hoktanyan, Project Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, said this during the press conference at Media Center on January 25.
Armenia and the European Union are intensively negotiating over the maintenance and signing of the new Framework Agreement. Although the EU does not constrain with the domestic agenda of Armenia, the clean, fair and transparent conduct of the upcoming parliamentary elections can form a good environment for the further development of the cooperation.
On January 23, a discussion entitled “Legal and Political Consequences of Aleksander Lapshin’s Extradition” was held at Media Center. Stepan Grigoryan, Director of the Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Ara Ghazaryan Lawyer, Expert in international law and Samvel Martirosyan, Media expert.
Although Yerevan Council of Elders continued its regular work in 2016, several factors had a negative impact on the implementation of some projects stipulated by the budget and the efficiency of the work of the Council. In the past year, a number of parks have been built in the city, green areas have been expanded but fundamental problems remained unresolved. These are buildings in an emergency, lifts that are in poor condition, the public transport, and so on.
Media Center hosted a discussion today about the trial of activist Gevorg Safaryan, a member of the "Founding Parliament", activist, who was sentenced to 2 years in prison on January 16, based on the decision of the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan.
Each representative in the LGBT community in Armenia is born and grows up in an intolerant society. Manifestations of discrimination and violations of the rights of LGBT people are mostly explored at enforcement agencies, family, media, state agencies, health sector, religious organizations, at work, educational institutions and entertainment venues.
Although a few months are left for the parliamentary elections, there is no outlined activity in the political process. The political forces are engaged in the negotiations on developing formats of alliances and pre-election cooperation. As experts said, almost no political force managed to establish political capital, which would make them convincing during elections.
A few days ago a photograph of a black man’s and an Armenian woman's family published by Marashlian photo studio was a subject of heated discussions in social networks. The criticism and even threats are an evident proof of discrimination and intolerance in Armenia. Although the number of supporters of the same family was also significant in the social networks, Marashlian photo-atelier removed the photo from the Internet at the request of the family after "multiple threats".
“We are not leaving Europe. Britain will remain a close friend of Europe. We will maintain our strong ties with other European states, North America and other countries important to us,” Judith Margaret Farnworth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Armenia, expressed such a viewpoint, referring to the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union.
A discussion was held ahead of the International Day of Human Rights at Media Center with the participation of Larisa Alaverdyan, Executive Director of "The Foundation Against the Violation of Law" NGO, RA first Ombudsman, Artak Zeynalyan, Member of "Rule of Law" NGO and Artur Sakunts, Head of the Vanadzor office of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly.