With respect to speech and press freedoms, Armenia is in a better situation than Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But when recalling “such sad cases as the incident with the Russian Ambassador to Armenia Volinkin who taught Armenian authorities how to deal with non-governmental organizations,” it is still possible that Armenia may be forced to limit the freedom of speech.
The winner of the first Seedstars Yerevan Startup Competition is Solo Learn which offers its users both Makeup and HTML tutorials on its interactive and gamified learning platform. The winner is invited to Geneva, Switzerland to represent their startup and Armenia in the Final World Startup Competition on Fabruary 4, 2015.
The Armenian educational system has serious problems, especially in the regions. Migration and a decrease in birth rate led to a severe decline in the number of students in rural schools. As a result, multi-level schools are created during which, a single teacher has to teach first, fifth, third and sometimes fourth and fifth grades all at once. “This violates a child's right to high quality education,” believes Mesrop Ghalachyan, head of Shirak Branch of the National Institute of Education.
To solve issues of people with disabilities at higher education institutions it is vital to start with the change of mentality. People with disabilities need respect and just and favorable conditions. At the Media Center hosted discussion Seryozha Ohanjanyan, head of EKHO support center, spoke on the need of equal opportunity.
The amendment to remove unemployment benefit resulted in the decrease of unemployed people registered at employment centers. The number of unemployed people in Armenia is supposed to have declined due to this reason as well.
The Media Center held a panel discussion entitled “Employment Issues in Syunik” at Goris Press Club.
The issue of the Scottish Independence is resolved for this generation at least for now. The referendum revealed that “Scotland voted for a stronger Scottish parliament supported by the strength and security of the United Kingdom.”
“Meaningful participation coupled with active cooperation with authorities is a token of efficient partnership,” said Margarita Hakobyan, director of Oxfam Armenia, at the Media Center hosted press conference.
“Until the authorities act instead of speaking, such incidents will happen again” said Ashot Melikyan, Chairman of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.
Melikyan was only one of several present who spoke on the violence act against Marine Khachatryan, journalist at A1+. The other speakers included Suren Deheryan, Head of “Journalists for the Future” NGO, and Tigran Yegoryan, lawyer, “Europe in Law association” NGO.
“We are ready to cooperate with everyone who will voice and struggle against instances of social injustice.” “No to Plunder” Civic Initiative was formed to cope with social injustice and plunder. The first problem voiced by the initiative members was the increase of electricity tariffs.
The Freedom of Information Center of Armenia will award the golden key and rusty lock to officials at the annual award ceremony on the eve of International Right to Know Day, September 26. For the first time in Armenia, the transparency and Freedom of Information Index has evaluated the transparency levels of the state administrative bodies.
“No matter how much we try to regulate job relations, they remain subordinated, an employee is subordinated to an employer,” said Narek Nersisyan, the RA Argo Trade Union representative at the Media Center initiated panel discussion. “Thus, it is essential to ensure that an employer does not abuse their privileges. The best known solution is to balance employer-employee relations through trade unions.”
The Karabakh conflict remains unsettled as of 20 years ago. The lasting tension on the frontline became greater in the months of July and August this year, which caused deaths of many young people who were born after the signing of the ceasefire in 1994.
The issues in the border communities within the Tavush Region require an urgent solution. “We have visited Aygepar, Movses and Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur and now we have to voice the existing problems, expecting the authorities’ urgent response since these problems may bring about irreversible consequences on the reliability of our state borders.”
The groups of young Turkish and Armenian painters headed by Serdar Yilmaz and Gagik Charchyan will attend diverse master classes and cultural events, as well as paint a wall in Yerevan. Also attending will be painters from the Turkish organization, Exchange of Painters, who will spend a total of eight days in Armenia.
The number of male children born after 1993 exceeds the number of female children by 50,000, reflecting the high number of sex-selective abortions in Armenia. Sex-selective abortions are made especially in the case of a third pregnancy. According to the available data, approximately 1000-2000 fetuses are aborted because of their predicted sex. Armenia currently ranks third in the world for the highest number of procedures, behind China and Azerbaijan.