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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.