The local authorities in Lori Region are willing to collaborate with the public sector. Several local authorities-related fields, however, have to still suffer a number of issues. Civil society and local government representatives shared their contradicting opinions at the Media Center initiated panel discussion in Vanadzor on February 20.
During the sixth session the participation of the Armenian National Assembly in lawmaking has seen a 5% increase as compared with the previous session: the National Assembly-Government percentage correlation makes 10/90%. However, the Parliament has to still face a number of issues.
Following the President Sargsyan’s scandalous speech about Gagik Tsarukyan, head of the Prosperous Armenia Party and the latter’s tough response, the political tension in Armenia has dramatically intensified and such escalation, the political experts and human rights defenders believe, is conditioned by the strife for power.
The bill on non-governmental organizations intends to improve the working environment of NGOs and ensure the maximum liberalization of their activities which is restricted by the current legislation, representatives of non-governmental organizations stated at the Media Center panel discussion.
Human rights defenders have little hope for an unbiased internal investigation of the incident involving police officers and parents of soldiers killed not in action at Baghramyan Avenue on February 11.
The Armenian government delegation is to make a statement regarding the 179 obligations within the UN Universal Periodic Review by June, 2015.
Today at the Media Center press conference representatives of civil society spoke on the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Armenia will report to the council that the country obliges to address or acknowledge the obligations.
The Arcasid Mausoleum in Aghtsk, Aragatsotn is the only unique historical monument of its kind which houses tombs of the royal dynasty. The planned excavations of the Mausoleum are important for the Armenian nation from a self-recognition perspective.
The Armenian society has welcomed the Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment with contradicting opinions. The Ministry of Health describes the enrichment of high quality flour with premixes, namely iron and folic acid, as a positive step since it, according to the ministry experts, aims to prevent anemia among certain society groups.
Protection of human rights in the armed forces continues to be a concern although the number of violations of good order and discipline in the armed forces has recently decreased. Representatives of civil society and law enforcement agencies shared their opposing thoughts today at the Media Center initiated panel discussion.
France still has to face a problem of religious extremism despite actions and measures taken following the Charlie Hebdo shooting. H.E. Jean-François Charpentier, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Armenia shared his thoughts at the Media Center press conference.
The accident during the car rally organized by 100th Anniversary without this Regime movement in Berdzor was planned in advance by law enforcement agencies of Nagorno Karabakh, rights defender believe.
The war in Ukraine may cease if one of the sides, namely armed groups of “the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR)” fulfill the points set forth in the Minsk Protocol.
Armenia has not fulfilled its international obligations regarding human rights within the UN Universal Periodic Review during last five years, the civil society representatives who do not see any substantial improvements claim.
The decision of the Armenian Central Bank to raise the minimum capital requirement for commercial banks to 30 billion drams instead of the current 5 billion drams from January 1, 2017 will not ease the problems and possible crisis in the financial system.
The escalation in Karabakh conflict zone and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border dramatically increased within the previous year. The ceasefire violations have geographically expanded, with the tension remaining so heightened that it is measured with the number of casualties.