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.
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.
Former employees of Yerevan subway consider the decision of December 2015, made by the Cassation Court, to be unfair according to which the termination of their contracts has a legal basis and they cannot recover their jobs at the Yerevan Metro.
As a result of judicial error there are sentenced people both in Armenia and in many other states of the world who need legal support and their cases need accurate journalistic investigation, said Zaruhi Mejlumyan, Head of “Armenian Innocence Project” NGO, at the Media Center hosted press conference.
It’s already long time that no real and qualitative economic growth was recorded in Armenia. 3,1% indicator of economic activity for 2015 published by the National Statistical Service (NSS) does not seem reliable. However, even if the economic activity indicator were 7%, no significant positive development would be recorded within the general population, taking into account the social polarization, high level of monopolization in the economy and unequal distribution of revenues.
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.
Today Media Center held a discussion on dismantlement of the building on 30 Aram Street. The participants were Ashot Alexanyan, the architect, the author of the project, under-construction building located behind 30 Aram street, Arsen Karapetyan, architect at the ARCHcoop Arhitectural Studio, Anahit Bakhshyan, teacher, member of the Yerevan city council and the block “Hello Yerevan” and Levon Igityan, architect, faction member of the “Republican Party.”
"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.