Members of the civic initiative ‘Let’s Save the Afrikyan Club Building’ intend to file a second demand-letter to Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. The citizens protesting against the dismantling of this building that was granted a historic status assure that they are resolved to continue their struggle till final victory despite the possible criminal prosecution.
The Ministry of Education and Science claims that 'Armenian Church History' taught at school does not practice preaching and the textbooks do not contain any manifestations of intolerance. However, a number of experts disagree with this statement.
The Higher Eurasian Economic Council, at the level of Presidents of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the governments of the three nations in collaboration with the Armenian Government, defined July 1 as deadline for Armenia’s signing the Eurasian Economic Treaty.
At June 8 local elections no serious acts of electoral fraud and violence were observed. However, the present situation does not imply a democratic election process since elections are not to be limited to the voting day only. In general, the elections were not competitive, with 2 or 3 candidates nominated in most polling stations.
Annually 1500 female children are not born in Armenia due to sex-selective abortions. The bill proposed by the Armenian Health Ministry which makes informing parents of the sex of a fetus until 30 weeks of pregnancy illegal, notwithstanding the possible corruption risks, aims at eliminating the ‘son-centrism’ among the Armenians.
During the research which was conducted from November 2013 to April 2014 researcher Victoria Burnazyan studied the workload of 100 small hydroelectric power plants on 47 rivers, as well as conducted environmental impact assessment for 25 plants and checked compatibility of their work with international conventions and RA legislation.
Only 10 Armenian citizens will be traveling to Brazil to attend the 20th FIFA World Cup Brazil. The Embassy of Brazil in Armenia has so far received and processed 10 visa applications, all of which are approved, with two visa applicants winning a World Cup tour and one applicant going to assist the organizers as a volunteer.
The intent of the EU visa facilitation process is to change the current communication atmosphere between Europe and Armenia though the visa privileges are offered only to certain categories of Armenian citizens.
The Armenian parliamentary opposition parties question the credibility of the new Government headed by Hovik Abrahamyan, expecting little from the recent proposed program. However, the governing Republican Party insists on allowing the newly established Government time to carry out its program.
The lawyers of Vardan Petrosyan (whohas been under arrestfor over 6 months already) qualify hispretrial detention as an unreasonable act and transgression of the presumption of innocence principle. Therefore, they intend to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.
To resolve the “March First” case the Special Investigation Service ought to involve in the case a number of Armenian and Karabakh high-level officials, militaries and the then marz governors, as well as carry out a comprehensive public investigation into the country’s deadly post-election unrest, subsequently reporting the findings to the public.
Armenia and Azerbaijan do not rebuff the statement of James Warlick, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. His May 7 speech entitled ‘Nagorny Karabakh: Keys to a Settlement’ does not contain anything new.