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.
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.
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.
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.
The recent deal between Iran and six world powers and ensuing lifting of sanctions will politically and economically benefit Armenia. The end of Tehran’s isolation will evolve into economic boost in Iran and, as a result, a set of Armenian-Iranian projects – Meghri power plant, oil pipeline, rail road construction – will come true.
The civil society representatives urge the European Union to specify more precise and strict criteria to evaluate the reforms Armenian authorities carried out within the European Partnership policy. The EU representative – who believes the criteria to be precise – says the criteria are worked out through long discussions with Armenian authorities and civil society representatives.
The examinations the conclusions of which are already known failed to address the vital issues voiced at the pretrial investigation of the murder of the seven Avetisyans in Gyumri, human rights defenders state.
Constitutional reforms will help the current authorities stand for next terms, which is a dangerous tendency, as such. The proposed parliamentary system allows the leader of the governing party “to make their governing eternal,” say the civil society representatives.
As Russian ruble plunged, Armenian agricultural product exporters have had to face a series of problems. To mitigate the damage a group of exporters have proposed to Armenia's government to revise the terms of the loan repayment and provide financial assistance to farmers who supply raw materials for businessmen. The Government is ready to discuss possible assistance options and recommends businessmen to diversify the export markets.
No drilling near the Sevan will ensue the petroleum exploration, authorities state. Green activists and civil society representatives, however, have little faith in these statements and voice their concerns.
Russian President Putin’s statement on a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came out of the blue. While the member states - with a lot of issues to have to deal with - have not yet coped with the challenges of economic integration, the process is fast-tracked, said Bagrat Asatryan, former head of the Central Bank of Armenia (1994-98) at the Media Center hosted discussion.