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To Enrich or Not Enrich Wheat Flour?
28.04.2015
12:30
The Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment still fuels hot discussions. 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. Those who oppose the initiative point out the possible danger to people suffering cancer the enrichment may bring about.
Armenian-Turkish Relations after the Centennial: What to Expect?
23.04.2015
12:00
The Armenian and Turkish societies will continue strengthening the relations after the Armenian Genocide Centennial, and both societies are seeing dynamic shifts. The society in Turkey does not hold a single opinion over the Armenian Genocide since it is divided into sub-societies which have drastically divergent approaches towards Armenia and the Genocide.
Open the Border, Recognize the Genocide, Start a Dialogue: Rights Defenders from Armenia and Turkey
23.04.2015
11:00
The society in Turkey now casts a different look on the Armenian Genocide and speaks out more freely, rights defenders said at the Media Center hosted press conference.
Überlingen Will Host an Exhibition to Mark the Armenian Genocide Centennial
21.04.2015
13:00
In 2016 Überlingen, Germany will host the exhibition “Armenia – Past and Present: Painting and Photography 1975-2015” dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
Sona Harutyunyan, Head of the Cultures in Dialogue Foundation, told the journalists that the exhibition will feature works by three generations of artists.
Armenia Needs Amnesty: Rights Defenders
21.04.2015
11:00
Armenia must grant amnesty on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and 70th anniversary of World War II. With overcrowding and “simply unbearable” hygienic and food conditions in prisons, amnesty may be a life buoy for them, rights defenders say.
Georgia Is Working to Fix the Residence Issues of Civilians Stripped of the Citizenship
20.04.2015
12:00
The Georgian authorities are tackling the issues Armenians in Georgia with dual citizenship have to cope with, following the restriction of the migration law. The civilians stripped of the citizenship may now apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit, said Ruben Palyan, Head of Akhalkalaki Department of Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
Twelve-Year Education: High Quality and Not Compulsory
17.04.2015
10:00
The introduction of universal 12-year school education in Armenia aims to improve the education system at Armenian schools. Investments and large-scale changes will prompt the system to work, say education experts.
Systemic Changes Needed to Protect Rights of People with Mental Illnesses
15.04.2015
13:00
People with mental health problems need systemic reforms from a human rights perspective, with amended legislative regulations, said human rights defenders at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Lawyers of the Arrested Founding Parliament Members Intend to Apply to ECHR
15.04.2015
12:00
The detention of five members of the Founding Parliament comes with lame grounds, with the accusation having political motives, said the lawyers of the Founding Parliament members. They have decided to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.
Armenia Lacks a Well-Established Waste Management Policy
13.04.2015
11:00
Waste management in Armenia lacks a systemic approach. Waste is collected, with no substantial shifts in outlining a policy for waste treatment, recycling and reuse.
Iran-Six Powers Deal: New Prospects for Armenia
11.04.2015
12:00
The recent deal between Iran and six world powers and ensuing lifting of sanctions will politically and economically benefit Armenia. The end of Tehran’s isolation will evolve into economic boost in Iran and, as a result, a set of Armenian-Iranian projects – Meghri power plant, oil pipeline, rail road construction – will come true.
Legislative Gap or Scarce Financial Resources?
10.04.2015
10:30
The soldiers injured in the Armenian Armed Forces are not provided with medical treatment abroad for two reasons: lack of legislative framework and scarce financial resources.
Armenia Needs a Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Law: EU Official
08.04.2015
11:00
The timeframe for public and political discussions on the adoption of anti-discrimination law or a substituting legal framework remains unclear. Civil society representatives and the Justice Ministry, however, agree that appropriate awareness campaign should be carried out before the law is adopted.
Civil Society Presents Its Proposals to the EU
07.04.2015
12:00
The civil society representatives urge the European Union to specify more precise and strict criteria to evaluate the reforms Armenian authorities carried out within the European Partnership policy. The EU representative – who believes the criteria to be precise – says the criteria are worked out through long discussions with Armenian authorities and civil society representatives.
Avetisyans’ Murder: Most of Concerns Still Unaddressed
02.04.2015
14:00
The examinations the conclusions of which are already known failed to address the vital issues voiced at the pretrial investigation of the murder of the seven Avetisyans in Gyumri, human rights defenders state.
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