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Syunik Is for Village Consolidation but It Views the Process Risky
15.05.2015
12:30
Locals in Syunik Region speak for the village consolidation program by the Armenian Government. Heads of villages included in the program believe the process will lead to more developed communities and tackle infrastructure issues.
Hot Discussion: How to Tax Resident Companies Transporting Armenian Labor
11.05.2015
12:00
The recent proposed amendments to the laws on income tax and profit tax define that the resident companies in Armenia which take Armenian citizens to foreign countries to work may pay income and profit taxes to the state budget. The bill remains in the spotlight.
Bologna Reforms in Armenia Have Seen No Progress
07.05.2015
12:00
The Bologna process has been carried out in Armenia since 2005, with a lot of people not really understanding the process as such. Neither students nor faculties are well aware of the reforms, experts believe.
Is the Police Head’s Decision Lawful?
06.05.2015
12:00
The Public Monitoring Group on the Detention Facilities has filed a motion to the Administrative Court to appeal the Police Head’s decision not to include advocates in the monitoring group issued in 2005.
Armenian Mass Media Is Controlled and Not Free
05.05.2015
12:00
Regardless of the widespread availability of the online media, press in Armenia remains mostly dependent. Controlled by the authorities or various political powers, mass media often adopt this or that political direction. Control over media is crucial for authorities since it is one of the cornerstones for the political administration.
Social Issues and Military Security: Major Challenges for the Young
29.04.2015
12:00
The recent research among the youth in Armenia fixes social issues and military security as two main challenges. The research has been implemented by Peace Dialogue NGO and it aims at studying the perceptions of youth on political developments, foreign policy, safety and a number of other issues in Armenia. The research engaged young people of 18-25 living in Tavush, Gegharkunik, Lori and Syunik regions and Yerevan.
To Enrich or Not Enrich Wheat Flour?
28.04.2015
12:30
The Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment still fuels hot discussions. The Ministry of Health describes the enrichment of high quality flour with premixes, namely iron and folic acid, as a positive step since it, according to the ministry experts, aims to prevent anemia among certain society groups. Those who oppose the initiative point out the possible danger to people suffering cancer the enrichment may bring about.
Armenian-Turkish Relations after the Centennial: What to Expect?
23.04.2015
12:00
The Armenian and Turkish societies will continue strengthening the relations after the Armenian Genocide Centennial, and both societies are seeing dynamic shifts. The society in Turkey does not hold a single opinion over the Armenian Genocide since it is divided into sub-societies which have drastically divergent approaches towards Armenia and the Genocide.
Open the Border, Recognize the Genocide, Start a Dialogue: Rights Defenders from Armenia and Turkey
23.04.2015
11:00
The society in Turkey now casts a different look on the Armenian Genocide and speaks out more freely, rights defenders said at the Media Center hosted press conference.
Armenia Needs Amnesty: Rights Defenders
21.04.2015
11:00
Armenia must grant amnesty on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and 70th anniversary of World War II. With overcrowding and “simply unbearable” hygienic and food conditions in prisons, amnesty may be a life buoy for them, rights defenders say.
Georgia Is Working to Fix the Residence Issues of Civilians Stripped of the Citizenship
20.04.2015
12:00
The Georgian authorities are tackling the issues Armenians in Georgia with dual citizenship have to cope with, following the restriction of the migration law. The civilians stripped of the citizenship may now apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit, said Ruben Palyan, Head of Akhalkalaki Department of Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
Twelve-Year Education: High Quality and Not Compulsory
17.04.2015
10:00
The introduction of universal 12-year school education in Armenia aims to improve the education system at Armenian schools. Investments and large-scale changes will prompt the system to work, say education experts.
Systemic Changes Needed to Protect Rights of People with Mental Illnesses
15.04.2015
13:00
People with mental health problems need systemic reforms from a human rights perspective, with amended legislative regulations, said human rights defenders at the Media Center hosted discussion.
Lawyers of the Arrested Founding Parliament Members Intend to Apply to ECHR
15.04.2015
12:00
The detention of five members of the Founding Parliament comes with lame grounds, with the accusation having political motives, said the lawyers of the Founding Parliament members. They have decided to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.
Armenia Lacks a Well-Established Waste Management Policy
13.04.2015
11:00
Waste management in Armenia lacks a systemic approach. Waste is collected, with no substantial shifts in outlining a policy for waste treatment, recycling and reuse.
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