The clash between protesters and police officers on Baghramyan Avenue on early Tuesday morning is an unreasonable use of force to break up a peaceful, festive sit-in protesters and punitive operation conducted by the police, rights defenders believe.
The open mines and tailings in Lori Region can affect health of both the surrounding ecosystem and people.
The Media Center, in cooperation with the NGO Center in Vanadzor, held a panel discussion on the environmental challenges and healthcare.
The electricity price hike will plunge the country into difficult socioeconomic conditions. The ensuing price increases will hit consumers hard in the pocket and discourage the competitiveness of businesses, economist Artak Manukyan believes.
Armenia attracts tourists and has great prospects for tourism development. Yet the country fails to present at all or at a proper level its big potential. Though tourism has been declared a priority sector in Armenia and though the inflow of travelers is growing with every passing year, nevertheless, many challenges remain unaddressed, namely the lack of information about the places of interest, logistics problems, as well as expensive air tickets.
Armenia intends to develop a new bill on nuclear energy based on the IAEA specialists’ proposals. Though the current law has repeatedly been amended, the legislative framework needs updating. The new bill will synthesize the lessons drawn from the Fukushima accident, as well as nuclear materials and means of protection.
The parliamentary elections in Turkey evolved into a political crisis. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the elections but it lost the majority in the parliament. In a serious situation, AKP is searching for possibilities to build a coalition with other political forces in the parliament.
The recent developments in the case of Byureghavan boarding school were discussed with lawyer Tigran Hayrapetyan and Heriknaz Tigranyan, legal advisor at the Transparency International Anticorruption Center.
The investigation of cases with newly revealed circumstances is a matter of political decision and we must work in that direction, said the rights defenders at the Media Center hosted press conference.
The planned electricity price hike and the current tariff of 41 drams are not justified since the Public Services Regulatory Commission has inflated the expenses of the Electric Networks of Armenia which are included in the tariff.
The main environmental issues still unresolved in Armenia are the subsoil exploitation, waste management and poor condition of Ararat artesian basin. The problems affect the environment and human health, green activists said at the Media Center.
Political forces consider local elections important. Few of the opposition, however, run for the posts at local governments. The same situation is observed during the pre-election period of the June 7 elections.