Most e-poll respondents believe there are attempts to build a totalitarian state in Armenia.
To reveal the moods among users of Facebook, the most influential social platform in Armenia, the Public Journalism Club carried out an e-poll through Polls for pages tool. The e-poll sought to find out the attitude of the Armenian Facebook users to the changes in the governance system initiated by the authorities to introduce the parliamentary system.
On March 20, Tatevik Grigoryan, judge at the General Jurisdiction Court of Shengavit Administrative District, announced judgments on the case of Zhirayr Sefilyan, Gevorg Safaryan and others charged with grave crimes.
European court of human rights communicated the case “Minasyan and others against Armenia” concerning the article “They serve interests of international transsexual lobby: the black list of nation and state enemies” published by “Iravunk” daily in 2014.
On March 14, the Yerevan Russian Art Museum hosted opening ceremony of exhibition dedicated to the return of genius painter and Russian modern art patriarch Mikhail Vrubel’s stolen painting ‘Demon and Angel with Tamara’s Soul’ .
According to the Constitution of 2015, after April 9 Armenia will shift to parliamentary governance system. The legislative changes in the new system grant the prime minister with fairly comprehensive and influential powers.
At the discussion on “New procedure for drug provision in Armenia: restriction of the right to health or improvement of the sector?” hosted by the Media Center on March 7, Anahit Zakharyan, chief child hematologist of the RA MoH, Associate Professor at the Chair of Hematology, YSMU, physician-hematologist at the Hematology Center after R. H.
At the press release on “Current state and perspectives for education financing in Armenia” hosted by the Media Center on March 7, PhD in Economics and Associate Professor Artak Manukyan presented the findings of the study on educational expenses in recent years by the National Center of Public Policy Research NGO and touched upon education financing issues.
On March 2, the Media Center hosted a press conference on "Restrictions on Provision of Information and Journalists’ Activity in Public Agencies". Speaker Ashot Melikyan, Chairman of the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, voiced concern over the recent changes in the sector initiated by the representatives of the authorities.
The public unrests and 24/7 rallies in the Liberty Square with thousands of citizens demanding revision of election results following the presidential elections of February 19, 2008 were suppressed on March 1, 2008 as the authorities used violent force and removed from the Liberty Square the sit-in protesters staying there for the night.
“An unprecedented number of laws were adopted at the 2nd session of the 6th convocation NA,” stated Lusine Vasilyan, NA Monitoring Program Manager at the press conference hosted by the Media Center on February 15, summing up the findings of the NA monitoring of the 1st and 2nd sessions of the 6th convocation parliament.