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.
Although a year has passed from the rebels of the citizens against the electricity price increase on Baghramyan Avenue and the cases of violence against the journalists covering the events called “electricyerevan" by law enforcement officials, “there is no progress in the investigation of cases”.
“Georgia abolishes the income tax from January 1, 2017, but we will continue to pay income taxes, and make decisions as a result of which income tax increases. Looking through our and Georgian formats, it becomes clear that the public will react to this reality, in the form of leaving Armenia,” Tigran Jrbashyan, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia, made such a forecast during an interview-press conference at Media Center when speaking about the new Tax Code.
Marina Ohanyan, Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine of Yerevan State Medical University, Co-President of the Academic Family Medicine Association, presented “Educational Program about the Prevention of Tortures for Doctors” during the press conference at Media Center, ahead of the International Day against Torture.
“There is a worrying indicator of youth employment. Two global problems are obvious - internal and external migration, which are equally worrying. Young people come to the capital to get an education and continue to settle and work in Yerevan, which influences the factors of economic development in the regions,” Haykuhi Gevorgyan, Director of the Professional Orientation Methodic Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center.
The Institute of War and Peace Reporting jointly with the Public Journalism Club organized a discussion on “The Problems that the Orphans Face and Alternative Care Services in Armenia” at Media Center.
“The United States and France shared the fate of Nagorno Karabakh. At some point Karabakh was dismissed from the negotiation process, this time the French and US representatives were hardly allowed to approach the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. This is almost the same fate. This is both positive and negative. The positive thing is that the United States, France and Nagorno-Karabakh were put on the same level. On the other hand, when the number of mediators is reduced it is not so good,” Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), said during the discussion on “What Did Sargsyan-Aliyev-Putin Meeting Give?” at Media Center.
St. Petersburg meeting for resolving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the current process of Armenian-French economic and trade cooperation and the possibility of adoption of the bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial by the French Parliament. These are the main issues that the French Ambassador M. Jean-François Charpentier referred during the press conference at Media Center on June 21.
The Electoral Code, adopted recently by the National Assembly, will be amended. An agreement was reached on a new set of amendments as a result of long negotiations between the opposition and government representatives in the "4 + 4 + 4" format. On June 16, they adopted a joint statement, which the civil society representatives did not join. They were not satisfied by the compromise on the amendments, and therefore, they preferred to abstain and issue a separate statement.
“The Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD will have no significant impact on economy, there will be about eight billion AMD saving. The impact on the pocket of ordinary citizens will be also tiny, each family will save 650-700AMD monthly,” Economist Vahagn Khachatryan said during the discussion on “What Influence Can Have the Reduction of the Electricity Price by 2.58 AMD on the Economy?” at Media Center.
The joint anti-aircraft warfare systems in Caucasus between Armenia and Russia should be considered not in the context of April war or the Russian policy in the region but just an agreement made between two states on defense system. Chairman of RA NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations Artak Zakaryan said this during the discussion on “Armenia and Russia Unite the Anti-Aircraft Warfare Systems: Risks or Opportunities?” at Media Center on June 16.
“Online medias should pay taxes and become legal entities. Regulation of online medias cannot restrict freedom of speech. Promiscuity and anarchy are too much and who tries to work in this field face numerous difficulties. Besides, the society distrusts the journalists and mass media at all. If some medias do not verify the information they provide, that is they have no responsibility towards the society, it impacts all the mass media means. People say I read in media. This should change and by a regulation,” Hakob Avetiqyan, Editor-in-Chief of Azg daily newspaper, said during the discussion at Media Center.
Inactivity of official Yerevan and Stepanakert are concerning. I am convinced that we would have a different situation in case of the April war, if they had created such processes that would have their roles in terms of restricting Azerbaijan.
The war in April on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone showed that although the authorities were expecting a war, but they were not ready and they were unaware of the attack. Elites also did not realize that as a result of the worsening of the situation, there could be dangerous position and territorial losses at the forefront which could become a threat for their occupied positions in the public consciousness.