Armenia ranked 94th out of the 175 countries included in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) recently released by Transparency International. Armenia’s score of 37 was a tad better than its 36 score for 2013 and 3 points better than 2012.
Gevorg Safarian was assaulted just hours after attending a demonstration staged by dozens of fellow members of the PreParliament opposition movement outside the Armenian police headquarters. They protested against a series of arson attacks on cars belonging to PreParliament activists.
The Armenian dram plunged 4 points within few days. This multifactorial phenomenon has a negative impact on Armenia's economic indicators. The recent devaluation, experts believe, will not lead to a greater purchasing power of transfer payments, as expected by the Central Bank, since 85 percent of transfer payments come in rubles from Russia. The Russian ruble has recently dropped 35 percent.
Armenian experts in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment point out a set of issues in Armenia, namely low public awareness, unavailability of medical services, discrimination towards people with HIV/AIDS.
The pension reform bill enacted on July 1 this year sparked complaints among young lecturers and researchers.
According to the data Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science, published on November 12, 120 young lecturers and researchers out of 470 have already resigned․The other 350 are expecting the problem to be resolved soon.
The indignation is aroused by the interim provisions of the pension reform according to which public sector workers born after January 1, 1974 cannot waive the obligation of making pension contributions.
The violations during the 2013 summer and 2014 winter conscriptions the experts claim restrict the legal opportunities of conscripts who seek restitution of their violated rights.
‘Order 410 of the Defense Ministry should be included in the Law on Mandatory Military Service, so that someone will dear to challenge the legal document in courts,’ said Artur Sakunts, chairman of HCA Vanadzor office at the Media Center hosted press conference.
The Azerbaijani media do not prepare the society for peace just the opposite. Moreover, there is no manifestation of pluralism in Azerbaijan. Such opinion was expressed by David Alaverdyan, editor in chief of Mediamax New Agency at the Media Center initiated panel discussion entitled “The Helicopter Shoot-Down Incident: Armenian and Azerbaijani Media Coverage.’’
The "Personal Data Protection" new draft law would provide a higher degree of citizens’ data protection, claimed Liana Ghaltaghchyan, head of Legislative Analysis and Improvement Department of the Ministry of Justice of RA during the discussion held at the Media Center.
The new legislative provision according to which employers should undertake for maternity payments to those women whose salary exceeds 1 000 000 AMD/ 2400 USD may lead to the violation of the principle of equality between men and women.