Struggle against corruption is not only a function of authorities, it is necessary to create a public demand for fight against corruption. With respect to corruption perception, there has not been a significant change in Armenia although little progress evolved from the application of e-governance system, but the result is still unsatisfactory.
“The RA Police Disciplinary Committee is a mere formality and does not serve its mission,” said Arman Danielyan, Head of “Civil Society Institute” NGO, who has lately announced his intention to secede from the Disciplinary Committee. The Media Center hosted press conference was also attended by Meruzhan Hakobyan, Head of the Legal Department at the RA Police.
Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) membership will never benefit Armenia. As a result of one-year negotiations, Armenia is now in economic and political isolation.
The speakers at the Media Center initiated online debate entitled “EEU Membership: Security or Economic Regress” included: Zoya Tadevosyan (Associate Professor at the Chair of International Economic Relations at ASUE, Doctor of Economics), Atom Margaryan (Dean of the Department of Regulation of Economy and International Economic Relations at ASUE), Gharib Harutyunyan (Head of Compass research center, Economics PhD), Vardan Bostanjyan (Doctor of Economics, professor), Hovhannes Igityan (former head of the NA Committee of International Relations, international expert), and Ashot Yeghiazaryan (economist expert).
The backbone of any country is its judicial system. The more independent the judicial system is, the stronger the backbone of a democratic state particularly is. Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of Armenia's Helsinki Committee, and Haykuhi Harutyunyan, Head of “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO, assessed the extent to which the right to fair trial described in the Constitution and the European Convention is realized in Armenia.
“The concept of "maternity benefit" will also provide benefits to nearly 30 million unemployed mothers,” state officials. The lawyers and citizens, who speak against the idea, say that working women should receive maternity benefits, concurrently claiming that the Government's proposed legislative amendment is not the establishment of social justice but a discriminatory approach to working and non-working women.
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.