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Another Electricity Price Hike Still Possible
19.06.2015
11:00
The electricity price hike will plunge the country into difficult socioeconomic conditions. The ensuing price increases will hit consumers hard in the pocket and discourage the competitiveness of businesses, economist Artak Manukyan believes.
Tourism in Armenia: Challenges and Prospects
18.06.2015
14:00
Armenia attracts tourists and has great prospects for tourism development. Yet the country fails to present at all or at a proper level its big potential. Though tourism has been declared a priority sector in Armenia and though the inflow of travelers is growing with every passing year, nevertheless, many challenges remain unaddressed, namely the lack of information about the places of interest, logistics problems, as well as expensive air tickets.
Armenia Prepares for the Temporary Suspension of the Nuclear Power Plant
18.06.2015
12:30
Armenia intends to develop a new bill on nuclear energy based on the IAEA specialists’ proposals. Though the current law has repeatedly been amended, the legislative framework needs updating. The new bill will synthesize the lessons drawn from the Fukushima accident, as well as nuclear materials and means of protection.
Turkey Has Plunged into a Political Crisis
16.06.2015
13:30
The parliamentary elections in Turkey evolved into a political crisis. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the elections but it lost the majority in the parliament. In a serious situation, AKP is searching for possibilities to build a coalition with other political forces in the parliament.
The Authorities Neglect the Possibility of Investigating Cases of Prisoners Sentenced to Life Imprisonment
12.06.2015
11:00
The investigation of cases with newly revealed circumstances is a matter of political decision and we must work in that direction, said the rights defenders at the Media Center hosted press conference.
Noncompetitive Elections with Many Violations
09.06.2015
13:00
The June 7 local elections in 32 communities throughout Armenia were generally noncompetitive. The observers, however, reported a series of violations.
The Subsoil Exploitation Isn’t Economically Well-Grounded
05.06.2015
12:00
The main environmental issues still unresolved in Armenia are the subsoil exploitation, waste management and poor condition of Ararat artesian basin. The problems affect the environment and human health, green activists said at the Media Center.
Local Elections: Disappointed People and Passive Opposition
05.06.2015
11:00
Political forces consider local elections important. Few of the opposition, however, run for the posts at local governments. The same situation is observed during the pre-election period of the June 7 elections.
What Will Enhance Effective Child Protection in the Regions?
01.06.2015
11:00
Day care centers and social workers will promote effective child protection in regions. Of no less importance is to protect rights of children deprived of education possibilities and ensure a child’s care and upbringing in a family.
EU Association Agreement as a Basis for a New Agreement between Armenia and EU
29.05.2015
12:30
At the 2013 Vilnius Summit Armenia – unlike Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – did not sign the EU Association Agreement following its joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Brussels and Yerevan, though, intend to sign a new agreement which will be based on the previously drafted variant and will embrace the new realities as well, namely Armenia’s commitments to the EEU.
What Is the Main Cause of Explosions at Gas Filling Stations?
29.05.2015
11:00
In ninety percent of explosions at liquefied natural gas filling stations drivers are guilty since there is improper operation of gas cylinders installed in cars or cylinders are not timely taken to examination.
Armenia Could Expect Little from the Riga Summit
27.05.2015
13:00
Following the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Brussels and Yerevan confirmed their readiness to continue the dialogue for visa facilitation and development of a new agreement, say the Armenian participants of the recent Eastern Partnership Civil Forum in Riga.
Anti-Discrimination Law Will Create Equal Opportunities for the Society
25.05.2015
12:00
Any individual in Armenia – regardless of the affiliation to a minority or social group – may suffer discrimination. Thus, an anti-discrimination law will enhance the protection of discrimination victims’ rights, civil society representatives and rights defenders believe.
Civil Society’s Proposal for Effective Investigation of Torture Cases
21.05.2015
09:00
Media Center, May 21, 2015: Rights defenders, officials and international experts shared insights on torture prevention, protection of torture victims’ rights and effective investigation in Armenia.
Village Consolidation Referendum: CEC Describes the Process Positive while Observers Reported Violations
19.05.2015
11:00
The Central Electoral Commission informs no violation was reported at the May 17 referendum held in three regions in Armenia. Meanwhile, the Head of the Electoral Systems Center which observed the referendum speaks about the observed violations and his concerns.
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