EU and Armenia are likely to kickstart talks on a new agreement by the end of this year. The EU Council has adopted a mandate to open negotiations with Armenia. A series of meetings between Armenian authorities and EU officials will be held by the end of the year, said First Deputy Minister of Economy Garegin Melkonyan who currently coordinates the Armenia-EU negotiations.
The constitutional changes are illegitimate since the majority of Armenia’s population is not interested and does not feel the importance of the process. Various surveys document the same results. The changes are undertaken by the authorities who seek to only stay in power and concentrate the power in one person’s hands, believe publicist Zara Hovhannisyan and lawyer Armineh Arakelyan.
The chapter on human rights in the project of constitutional changes encompasses controversial and regressive provisions which, actually, are not amended in the edited variant which the Parliament voted for on October 5.
The survey by the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia shows the second action plan of the Open Government Partnership in Armenia has seen a positive shift in fulfilling its commitments, as compared with the first action plan.
The Partnership for Open Society Initiative representing more than 60 civil society organizations held a public discussion titled “Constitutional Amendments in Armenia: Realization of rule of law and safeguards for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The escalation of military activity along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and line of contact may have three causes: falling oil prices which have plunged oil-dependent Azerbaijan into a challenging situation, recent activation of external players and upcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, experts believe.
The Iraqi Yazidis who migrated to Armenia following the outbreak of military activities in the Middle East that left thousands dead and made numerous people refugees have to tackle social security, education and culture related problems in Armenia. The Yazidi community – the largest national minority in Armenia – supports them, but the migrants are looking for more help from the state and international organizations.