“Despite the excessive use of #SaveKessab hashtag it was right to make it a trend. We seized occasion to remind about the Genocide one more time”, Artak Shakaryan, Turkish studies expert said today at the discussion entitled “Kessab Armenians in Latakia: Situation and Challenges” initiated by the Media Center.
“We request the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Agency of Medical and Social Examination (AMSE) to apply the reference of disability of the former serviceman Georgi Margarov given by the RA Defense Ministry's Central Military Medical Commission in 2001 and pay his pension,” said Ani Antonyan, Margarov’s lawyer, at the Media Center hosted discussion entitled “Violated Rights of Military Pension: 7 Years of Red Tape.”
The rally organized by “D!em Em” Initiative on March 22 will include speeches by members of 'D!em Em' Initiative as well as speeches by representatives from 4 non-governing factions, MP Nikol Pashinyan and freedom fighter Jirair Sefilian
“The meeting with the leaders of four non-ruling parties will let them smooth out some inaccuracies, overcome some differences and finally speak about the so-called format of four. I hope the meeting will be set up soon”, Raffi Hovhannisian, the leader of “Heritage Party” told the journalists at the press conference, held today at the Media Center.
“I cannot comment on yesterday’s conversation between the presidents of Armenia and Russia. We are informed about it and we have informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine”, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Armenia Ivan Kukhta said at the press conference held at the Media Center.
“Housing is one of the major problems the Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan face. We are neglected. We assume that authorities demonstrate such attitude on purpose,” said Robert Khachatryan, chairman of the Union of Baku Compatriots during the discussion on “Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan living in temporary housing for 26 years: social and political isolation.”
“I consider the Crimea referendum a large sociological survey, and I consider it a manifestation of some will, but never free will. I do not assess it as a referendum, although the media, especially the Russian propaganda media and US, European and Armenian media call it a referendum" - Vladimir Horbach, political analyst of the Institute of Euro Atlantic Cooperation, said today at the “Media Center” discussion.
Community rehabilitation centers working with juvenile offenders or minors under police surveillance have not operated since January due to the suspended international funding and the absence of any support from the government.
Armenia manages to take a neutral stance on the Ukrainian issue between two geopolitical forces – Russia and the West, director of “Noravank” scientific-educational foundation Gagik Harutyunyan and chairman of “Modus Vivendi” centre Ara Papyan said.
Local government elections on March 9 were not much different from the previous presidential and parliamentary elections. "Citizen Observer" initiative has observed and recorded numerous violations during these elections.
“There will be no war in Crimea. It was clear that Russia would play its own game, and Crimea would be a part of that game. And Russia is dictating its own preferences ahead of the game, before the conflict is solved”, Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute is convinced.
The “March 1: the Unsolved Crime” event initially planned as a debate was held as a discussion: RPA deputies Margarit Yesayan and Mkrtich Minasyan made a last minute cancellation of their previously confirmed participation. ANC deputy Aram Manukyan, lawyer Seda Safaryan and human rights defender Vardan Harutyunyan took part in the discussion.
The exhibition featuring Minas and Narek Avetisyans’ works will continue to be displayed at the Moritzburg Art Gallery until May 4.
“We celebrated Minas Avetisyan’s 85th birthday in 2013, and the Cultures in Dialogue Foundation decided to organize an exhibition in the artist's honor, outside of the borders of Armenia”, said Sona Harutyunyan, the head of Cultures in Dialogue Foundation during the conference held at the “Media Center”.
"Women in Armenia hold positions that are considered to be in the secondary sector. The issues that women in Vanadzor face are not unique in comparison to Armenia’s other regions y but there is a higher rate of unemployment," says Sophia Babayan, head of the Center for Gender Studies at Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute.