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Systemic Changes Needed to Protect Rights of People with Mental Illnesses
15.04.2015
13:00
People with mental health problems need systemic reforms from a human rights perspective, with amended legislative regulations, said human rights defenders at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Lawyers of the Arrested Founding Parliament Members Intend to Apply to ECHR
15.04.2015
12:00
The detention of five members of the Founding Parliament comes with lame grounds, with the accusation having political motives, said the lawyers of the Founding Parliament members. They have decided to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.
Armenia Lacks a Well-Established Waste Management Policy
13.04.2015
11:00
Waste management in Armenia lacks a systemic approach. Waste is collected, with no substantial shifts in outlining a policy for waste treatment, recycling and reuse.
Iran-Six Powers Deal: New Prospects for Armenia
11.04.2015
12:00
The recent deal between Iran and six world powers and ensuing lifting of sanctions will politically and economically benefit Armenia. The end of Tehran’s isolation will evolve into economic boost in Iran and, as a result, a set of Armenian-Iranian projects – Meghri power plant, oil pipeline, rail road construction – will come true.
Legislative Gap or Scarce Financial Resources?
10.04.2015
10:30
The soldiers injured in the Armenian Armed Forces are not provided with medical treatment abroad for two reasons: lack of legislative framework and scarce financial resources.
Armenia Needs a Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law: EU Official
08.04.2015
11:00
The timeframe for public and political discussions on the adoption of anti-discrimination law or a substituting legal framework remains unclear. Civil society representatives and the Justice Ministry, however, agree that appropriate awareness campaign should be carried out before the law is adopted.
Civil Society Presents Its Proposals to the EU
07.04.2015
12:00
The civil society representatives urge the European Union to specify more precise and strict criteria to evaluate the reforms Armenian authorities carried out within the European Partnership policy. The EU representative – who believes the criteria to be precise – says the criteria are worked out through long discussions with Armenian authorities and civil society representatives.
Avetisyans’ Murder: Most of Concerns Still Unaddressed
02.04.2015
14:00
The examinations the conclusions of which are already known failed to address the vital issues voiced at the pretrial investigation of the murder of the seven Avetisyans in Gyumri, human rights defenders state.
Constitutional Reforms Likely to Lead to Dangerous Effects
31.03.2015
12:00
Constitutional reforms will help the current authorities stand for next terms, which is a dangerous tendency, as such. The proposed parliamentary system allows the leader of the governing party “to make their governing eternal,” say the civil society representatives.
Constitutional Reforms Will Change Nothing
27.03.2015
17:00
Armenia needs comprehensive constitutional reforms which, however, must be carried out through a large-scale public and political consolidation. They must not be a mere imitation aimed at reproduction of the current authorities otherwise constitutional reforms will not enhance changes.
Businessmen to Reduce Exports and Demand Government’s Support
27.03.2015
14:00
As Russian ruble plunged, Armenian agricultural product exporters have had to face a series of problems. To mitigate the damage a group of exporters have proposed to Armenia's government to revise the terms of the loan repayment and provide financial assistance to farmers who supply raw materials for businessmen. The Government is ready to discuss possible assistance options and recommends businessmen to diversify the export markets.
Speech Freedom Day 2015
25.03.2015
14:00
It is the seventh time that the Freedom of Speech day is celebrated in Gyumri on March 25. Examining 44 suggestions from the society, the organizational board of the Freedom of Speech Day celebrations decided to award journalists, public and political figures. The following people were awarded:
Shirak regional correspondent of ''Aravot'' daily Nune Arevshatyan for operative work.
No Drilling near Lake Sevan
25.03.2015
11:00
No drilling near the Sevan will ensue the petroleum exploration, authorities state. Green activists and civil society representatives, however, have little faith in these statements and voice their concerns.
Eurasian Economic Union Unready for a Single Currency
23.03.2015
12:30
Russian President Putin’s statement on a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came out of the blue. While the member states - with a lot of issues to have to deal with - have not yet coped with the challenges of economic integration, the process is fast-tracked, said Bagrat Asatryan, former head of the Central Bank of Armenia (1994-98) at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Armenia Must Raise Public Awareness of Down Syndrome
20.03.2015
12:00
In 2014, 45 children with Down syndrome were born in Armenia, experts state. There is no accurate and timely statistical information while according to the Health Ministry, 22 infants with Down syndrome were abandoned and sent to residential institutions last year.
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