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Civil Society Presents Its Proposals to the EU
07.04.2015
12:00
The civil society representatives urge the European Union to specify more precise and strict criteria to evaluate the reforms Armenian authorities carried out within the European Partnership policy. The EU representative – who believes the criteria to be precise – says the criteria are worked out through long discussions with Armenian authorities and civil society representatives.
Avetisyans’ Murder: Most of Concerns Still Unaddressed
02.04.2015
14:00
The examinations the conclusions of which are already known failed to address the vital issues voiced at the pretrial investigation of the murder of the seven Avetisyans in Gyumri, human rights defenders state.
Constitutional Reforms Likely to Lead to Dangerous Effects
31.03.2015
12:00
Constitutional reforms will help the current authorities stand for next terms, which is a dangerous tendency, as such. The proposed parliamentary system allows the leader of the governing party “to make their governing eternal,” say the civil society representatives.
Constitutional Reforms Will Change Nothing
27.03.2015
17:00
Armenia needs comprehensive constitutional reforms which, however, must be carried out through a large-scale public and political consolidation. They must not be a mere imitation aimed at reproduction of the current authorities otherwise constitutional reforms will not enhance changes.
Businessmen to Reduce Exports and Demand Government’s Support
27.03.2015
14:00
As Russian ruble plunged, Armenian agricultural product exporters have had to face a series of problems. To mitigate the damage a group of exporters have proposed to Armenia's government to revise the terms of the loan repayment and provide financial assistance to farmers who supply raw materials for businessmen. The Government is ready to discuss possible assistance options and recommends businessmen to diversify the export markets.
Speech Freedom Day 2015
25.03.2015
14:00
It is the seventh time that the Freedom of Speech day is celebrated in Gyumri on March 25. Examining 44 suggestions from the society, the organizational board of the Freedom of Speech Day celebrations decided to award journalists, public and political figures. The following people were awarded:
Shirak regional correspondent of ''Aravot'' daily Nune Arevshatyan for operative work.
No Drilling near Lake Sevan
25.03.2015
11:00
No drilling near the Sevan will ensue the petroleum exploration, authorities state. Green activists and civil society representatives, however, have little faith in these statements and voice their concerns.
Eurasian Economic Union Unready for a Single Currency
23.03.2015
12:30
Russian President Putin’s statement on a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came out of the blue. While the member states - with a lot of issues to have to deal with - have not yet coped with the challenges of economic integration, the process is fast-tracked, said Bagrat Asatryan, former head of the Central Bank of Armenia (1994-98) at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Armenia Must Raise Public Awareness of Down Syndrome
20.03.2015
12:00
In 2014, 45 children with Down syndrome were born in Armenia, experts state. There is no accurate and timely statistical information while according to the Health Ministry, 22 infants with Down syndrome were abandoned and sent to residential institutions last year.
Armenian Activists Attempt to Break down the Stereotypes of Minorities
18.03.2015
12:30
The three-year Human Rights for Diversity and Equality Program launched in Armenia in January, 2015. It aims to enhance the protection of human rights in the country, with the target groups being sexual, religious and ethnic minorities.
Issues CoE Commissioner Pointed out Still Unsolved
16.03.2015
12:00
Though in his report Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks impartially focuses on the situation of human rights in Armenia, there are no actual positive shifts in the country, said human rights defenders at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Locals in Armavir Are Disappointed with Authorities and Opposition
11.03.2015
14:30
The upcoming local elections in Armavir on March 15 will presumably be held in rather unusual circumstances. Locals have no alternative to the current city head since the only candidate is Ruben Khlghatyan from the governing Republican Party.
People with Mental Illnesses Need a New Legal Framework
06.03.2015
11:00
It is necessary to provide a legal framework for restoring capacity of people who have previously been deprived of it, defining the incapacity period, as well regulating the application procedure to court for people who assumingly lack capacity, government and civil society representatives said at the Media Center discussion.
We Are Hostages of Eminent Domain: Residents
04.03.2015
11:00
The confrontation between Local Developers Company, owned by businessman Samvel Mayrapetyan, and residents of the buildings at 23, 25 Teryan Str. and 37 Lalayants Str. have come to a turning point. Local Developers Company – constructor of the buildings since 2007 – filed a lawsuit to move out residents of their flats. The residents, however, are determined to stand up and “vigorously struggle for” their property.
The Anti-Corruption Initiative Lacks Institutional Approach and Political Will
03.03.2015
11:00
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.
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