On December 22, 2014 the Gavar Court, as provided in Part 1, Article 119 of the RA Criminal Code, convicted and subsequently granted amnesty to Hasmik Khachatryan’s husband Sargis Hakobyan. The latter is the son of well-known fortune-teller Varsik.
The Advanced Public Research Group (APR Group) has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on the proposed constitutional reforms intended to provide estimates concerning Armenians’ expectations from the coming constitutional reforms, as well as identify the current issues and omissions.
The IRCT and OSF-Armenia in cooperation with Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor, Armenia and the Human Rights House Tbilisi with the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Tbilisi conducted a training session on effective medico-legal documentation for victims of torture and ill-treatment on 18-22 December, 2014 in Aghveran, Armenia.
People in Armavir villages are foremost concerned over the repayment of agricultural loans. Over 90 percent of locals have agricultural or consumer loans, moreover they have taken out loans from different banks.
Armenia has recorded an increase in the identification of sexually transmitted infections and HIV cases. As of December 1, 2014 305 HIV cases are identified in the country. The statistics was presented by Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, coordinator at the Anonymous Consultation and Test Service of the Medical Scientific Center of Dermatology and STI, RA MoH.
Armenia will present its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on January 22, 2015. The UPR defines the human rights performance of Armenia.
“The UN UPR is not a most effective mechanism,” said Levon Barseghyan, President of the Asparez Journalists’ Club, Gyumri, adding that Armenian delegates fail to properly present several issues in the report.
The European Union, according to the statistics, is the number one trade partner of Armenia and largest investor in the country. The European Union (EU) will continue its cooperation with Armenia but the cooperation format will be defined during the upcoming bilateral discussions.
There haven’t been any positive systemic changes at penitentiary institutions (PI) of Armenia during the last 10 years. The changes were localized but the systemic problems such as criminogenic manners, low level of medical care, overcrowding at prisons, total implementation of arrest as a preventive measure and corruption still remain.
Acts of violence and oppression against journalists or media are widespread in Armenia. Within the first nine months in 2014 seven cases of violence against journalists were reported. However, offenders have not been revealed and punished so far.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. Since 1950 December 10 has been celebrated as Human Rights Day. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day.
This year The Cultures in Dialogue Foundation initiated and carried out seven projects two of which were held in Yerevan while the other five were in Germany, Poland and Estonia. Among remarkable initiatives in 2014 are Minas and Narek Avetisyan: Modernism and Avante-Garde in Armenia and Striding Imprints: Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn exhibitions; Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Improvisation on a Text by Armin T. Wegner and by Sören Kierkegaard” project entitled “Text, Klang, Werk”, and “Without Borders” international festival along with a fine art workshop and exhibition “Time and Space”.
The official statistics shows the Police of the Republic of Armenia received 1500 reports on attacks against women in the period of January-August 2014 while twelve women are reported to have died in domestic violence homicides this year. The Police identified those women’s deaths as domestic violence-caused deaths.
It is already the fourth consecutive year the Armenian Little Singers' International Association has organized a concert in Armenia, dedicated to the World Choral Day. The World Choral Day has been celebrated in the whole world since 1990 involving hundreds and thousands of choirs from 150 countries.