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The Elections in Nagorno Karabakh Were Fair and Transparent: US Observers
The observers from the USA are impressed with the professionalism and transparency the May 3 parliamentary elections in Nagorno Karabakh (NKR) were held with. The elections were conducted in a fair, transparent, competitive and accurate manner, consistent with the international standards, said the observers of the US monitoring delegation.
Armenian Mass Media Is Controlled and Not Free
Regardless of the widespread availability of the online media, press in Armenia remains mostly dependent. Controlled by the authorities or various political powers, mass media often adopt this or that political direction. Control over media is crucial for authorities since it is one of the cornerstones for the political administration.
Prejudice Hinders the Selling of Products Created by Disabled People in Martuni
Though great efforts are made to create job opportunities for disabled people in Martuni, Gegharkunik, prejudice hinders projects to achieve the main goal.
Rights Defenders Accuse the Special Investigation Service of “Biased” and “Unfair” Investigation
The Special Investigation Service (SIS) does not conduct an unbiased and fair investigation of cases which involve officials who allegedly have exerted physical and psychological violence on civilians, rights defenders said at the Media Center hosted press conference.
Relations between the Armenian and Turkish Societies Have Risen to a New Level
Following Ankara’s sharp reaction to the statements made by the foreign presidents who took part in the Armenian Genocide Centennial events, the Armenian-Turkish official relations may become increasingly tense. The public ties between the two countries, though, have risen to a new level, judging by the commemoration events held in different cities through Turkey.
Armenia Will Host Seminars for Choirmasters and Choir Directors
On May 1 the Polish Chórtownia Foundation will launch a series of seminars for choirmasters and directors in Armenia. The seminars will feature the project The Sound of Europe II and presentation of the website which is a platform to gather information on various choirs in different countries.
Social Issues and Military Security: Major Challenges for the Young
The recent research among the youth in Armenia fixes social issues and military security as two main challenges. The research has been implemented by Peace Dialogue NGO and it aims at studying the perceptions of youth on political developments, foreign policy, safety and a number of other issues in Armenia. The research engaged young people of 18-25 living in Tavush, Gegharkunik, Lori and Syunik regions and Yerevan.
To Enrich or Not Enrich Wheat Flour?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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