The Group of Observers Conducting Public Monitoring of Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia shared their thoughts on the protection of human rights and detected violation cases in Armenian prisons in 2014.
On December 22, 2014 the Gavar Court, as provided in Part 1, Article 119 of the RA Criminal Code, convicted and subsequently granted amnesty to Hasmik Khachatryan’s husband Sargis Hakobyan. The latter is the son of well-known fortune-teller Varsik.
The Advanced Public Research Group (APR Group) has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on the proposed constitutional reforms intended to provide estimates concerning Armenians’ expectations from the coming constitutional reforms, as well as identify the current issues and omissions.
Armenia has recorded an increase in the identification of sexually transmitted infections and HIV cases. As of December 1, 2014 305 HIV cases are identified in the country. The statistics was presented by Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, coordinator at the Anonymous Consultation and Test Service of the Medical Scientific Center of Dermatology and STI, RA MoH.
Armenia will present its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on January 22, 2015. The UPR defines the human rights performance of Armenia.
“The UN UPR is not a most effective mechanism,” said Levon Barseghyan, President of the Asparez Journalists’ Club, Gyumri, adding that Armenian delegates fail to properly present several issues in the report.
The European Union, according to the statistics, is the number one trade partner of Armenia and largest investor in the country. The European Union (EU) will continue its cooperation with Armenia but the cooperation format will be defined during the upcoming bilateral discussions.
There haven’t been any positive systemic changes at penitentiary institutions (PI) of Armenia during the last 10 years. The changes were localized but the systemic problems such as criminogenic manners, low level of medical care, overcrowding at prisons, total implementation of arrest as a preventive measure and corruption still remain.
The official statistics shows the Police of the Republic of Armenia received 1500 reports on attacks against women in the period of January-August 2014 while twelve women are reported to have died in domestic violence homicides this year. The Police identified those women’s deaths as domestic violence-caused deaths.
It is already the fourth consecutive year the Armenian Little Singers' International Association has organized a concert in Armenia, dedicated to the World Choral Day. The World Choral Day has been celebrated in the whole world since 1990 involving hundreds and thousands of choirs from 150 countries.
There is observed little progress in solving the issue of providing lodgings to orphanage alumni. After the failed state program 300 alumni are still waiting, with many of them living in humiliating conditions in half ruined dormitories.
Gevorg Safarian was assaulted just hours after attending a demonstration staged by dozens of fellow members of the PreParliament opposition movement outside the Armenian police headquarters. They protested against a series of arson attacks on cars belonging to PreParliament activists.
The Armenian dram plunged 4 points within few days. This multifactorial phenomenon has a negative impact on Armenia's economic indicators. The recent devaluation, experts believe, will not lead to a greater purchasing power of transfer payments, as expected by the Central Bank, since 85 percent of transfer payments come in rubles from Russia. The Russian ruble has recently dropped 35 percent.
Armenian experts in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment point out a set of issues in Armenia, namely low public awareness, unavailability of medical services, discrimination towards people with HIV/AIDS.