«Amnesty International calls to respect and protect the right of human rights defenders and journalists to undertake their legitimate work without the fear of harassment,criminal prosecution or other pressure;investigate promptly, effectively and impartially all reports of attacks or threats against human rights defenders, journalists and civil society activists, and identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice», South Caucasus researcher of Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Program Tural Ahmedzade briefly presented the report at the Media Center via live video call.
The new programme policy of the Public Television has a positive tendency, Yerevan State University Faculty of Journalism lecturer, Candidate of Philological Sciences Astghik Avetisyan said at the Media Center.
Arthur Sakounts and his associates will file a lawsuit to the Administrative Court litigating accordance of Serzh Sarkissian's act of announcement about joining the Customs Union to principles of democracy in Constitution. He didn't exclude that a lawsuit may be filed to the Constitutional Court later.
Armenia gets very little joining the Customs Union while losing sovereignity of economic policy, economist Vahagn Ghazaryan said at the discussion on “Armenia’s Strategic Challenges to Socio-Economic Development” initiated by the “Partnership for Open Society”.
There is a recent tendency in the political life of Georgia indicating that authorities do not cling to power: Mikheil Saakashvili returns the power, Prime Minister Ivanishvili states he is ready to resign, Director of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Dr. Stepan Grigoryan shared his observations during the discussion held at the Media Center.
The issue of dog population control in Yerevan is on the right way and the number of stray animals has been reduced in the capital, Alfred Hunanyan, Deputy Head of Trade and Services Department at the Yerevan Municipality said at the Panel Discussion organized at the Media Center.
“One of the questions I had in my mind - what will Serge Sarkissian's announcement on September 3 about joining the Customs Union mean for Armenia's future", British writer, journalist and political commentator Lance Price said at the Press Conference held at the Media Center.
Head of Urban Development Department of Shirak regional administration Albert Margaryan is convinced that in a few years there will be no unhoused people in Gyumri. On the Media Center’s initiative a panel discussion was organized on “Gyumri. 25 years after the earthquake”.
“Each revolution is different, what I’ve witnessed is the bravery of people, and when people see other countries doing it they feed off that bravery somehow. And then you see a nation that has lived in fear lose that fear. They’re feeding off the enthusiasm of the neighbor and that’s what takes them into the streets”, British filmmaker Sean McAllister said at the Press Conference at the Media Center.
The decision of Armenia to join Eurasian customs region obviously is an important one for the laws and procedures in the customs area, Scott Jacobs, author of Regulatory Guillotine fast reform tool and chief consultant for the Armenia program said during the Press Conference held at the Media Center. The speaker informed that the legislative reforms in the customs area will be completed by the end of 2013.
There are 522 sources of air pollution only in Yerevan where not only dust is a pollutant but heavy metals are, Lilit Sahakyan, Head of the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the RA National Academy of Sciences says. The laboratory has throughout years discovered heavy metals of different qualitative and quantitative criteria. Almost all the city is polluted by molybdenum.