For 2008 March 1-2 events in Yerevan the head of the investigative group instigated criminal proceedings on July 3, 2018 according to RA criminal code article 300.1 paragraph 1 against RA executive officials – minister of defense and others for executing violence and thus demolishing the RA constitutional order from February to 23 March 2, 2008.
Under the previous government torture cases were never disclosed, no effective investigation was carried out, but following the velvet revolution some torture cases were accepted for proceedings: this was the view expressed by human rights advocates at June 26 discussion at Media Center dedicated to torture victims support international day.
According to a Facebook survey conducted by Public Journalism Club NGO 47% of participants finds the engagement of women in the new government as insufficient and 53% as sufficient or more than sufficient.
Recommendations on improving the agricultural field addressed to the government were the topic of discussion at May 30 Media Center meeting with Robert Makaryan, deputy minister of agriculture, Hrachya Zakoyan, representative of Agricultural Alliance of Armenia and Karen Chilingaryan, president of Consumers’ Consulting Center NGO.
A number of civil society organizations expressed willingness to support the newly formed government. “We are ready to support the newly formed government to overcome the prevailing problems meanwhile we will remain loyal to the main principles and agenda of our activity”.
May 21, at Media Center a discussion was held on “Necessity for Improvements in Broadcast Mass Media Activity and Media Field” that was attended by Boris Navasardian, President of Yerevan Press Club, Ashot Melikyan, President of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression and Armen Mkrtchyan, member of RA TV and Radio Commission.
On March 20, Tatevik Grigoryan, judge at the General Jurisdiction Court of Shengavit Administrative District, announced judgments on the case of Zhirayr Sefilyan, Gevorg Safaryan and others charged with grave crimes.