The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was heavily criticized in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh following the approval of the controversial report on Karabakh at the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. Criticisms are addressed to PACE and report author Robert Walter (United Kingdom), a rapporteur of the PACE Political Affairs Committee. The Armenian authorities, though, are also criticized, and the project’s approval is described as Yerevan’s diplomatic defeat.
The number of registered job seekers in Armavir region totaled 5602 seeing an increase of 38 percent as compared with the previous year. The specialists, though, are concerned over the growing number of the economically inactive youth.
The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Perinçek v. Switzerland met the demands of Armenia which was involved in the trial as a third party. The judgement, though, can hardly be called a victory.
The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of the right of mass media not to disclose their source of information, and this decision may become a positive precedent and minimize demands enforcement agencies set forth to media outlets to reveal their sources, said Artak Zeynalyan from the Rule of Law NGO.
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.