The Government’s decision to establish an anti-corruption council chaired by the Armenian Prime Minister can hardly be an efficient tool and the council as such will not operate successfully unless there is an institutional approach. Such statement was made at the Media Center discussion.
The parents of the March 1 victims hopelessly think the March 1 case will not be solved and those guilty for the murder of ten people will not be punished under the current authorities in Armenia. The seven-year-long investigation, parents believe, is nothing but “an imitation.” They have decided not to go to the Special Investigation Service since they have stopped trusting it.
The concept of introducing pediatric palliative care appears to be gradually shaping in Armenia while palliative care for adults is becoming more available through availability of medicine and improvement regarding the policy, legislation and public awareness campaign, Armenian and foreign experts stated at the Media Center panel discussion.
The locals in Mets Ayrum, Lori Region, speak against the construction of a new tailing pond for Akhtala Mining Plant near the village because all the lands and pastures will be polluted by heavy metals, green activists say.
The local authorities in Lori Region are willing to collaborate with the public sector. Several local authorities-related fields, however, have to still suffer a number of issues. Civil society and local government representatives shared their contradicting opinions at the Media Center initiated panel discussion in Vanadzor on February 20.
During the sixth session the participation of the Armenian National Assembly in lawmaking has seen a 5% increase as compared with the previous session: the National Assembly-Government percentage correlation makes 10/90%. However, the Parliament has to still face a number of issues.
Following the President Sargsyan’s scandalous speech about Gagik Tsarukyan, head of the Prosperous Armenia Party and the latter’s tough response, the political tension in Armenia has dramatically intensified and such escalation, the political experts and human rights defenders believe, is conditioned by the strife for power.
The bill on non-governmental organizations intends to improve the working environment of NGOs and ensure the maximum liberalization of their activities which is restricted by the current legislation, representatives of non-governmental organizations stated at the Media Center panel discussion.
Human rights defenders have little hope for an unbiased internal investigation of the incident involving police officers and parents of soldiers killed not in action at Baghramyan Avenue on February 11.
The Armenian government delegation is to make a statement regarding the 179 obligations within the UN Universal Periodic Review by June, 2015.
Today at the Media Center press conference representatives of civil society spoke on the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Armenia will report to the council that the country obliges to address or acknowledge the obligations.
The Arcasid Mausoleum in Aghtsk, Aragatsotn is the only unique historical monument of its kind which houses tombs of the royal dynasty. The planned excavations of the Mausoleum are important for the Armenian nation from a self-recognition perspective.
The Armenian society has welcomed the Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment with contradicting opinions. 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.
Protection of human rights in the armed forces continues to be a concern although the number of violations of good order and discipline in the armed forces has recently decreased. Representatives of civil society and law enforcement agencies shared their opposing thoughts today at the Media Center initiated panel discussion.
France still has to face a problem of religious extremism despite actions and measures taken following the Charlie Hebdo shooting. H.E. Jean-François Charpentier, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Armenia shared his thoughts at the Media Center press conference.