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No Positive Systemic Changes in Armenian Prisons
15.12.2014
13:00
There haven’t been any positive systemic changes at penitentiary institutions (PI) of Armenia during the last 10 years. The changes were localized but the systemic problems such as criminogenic manners, low level of medical care, overcrowding at prisons, total implementation of arrest as a preventive measure and corruption still remain.
The Government Program to Provide Housing for Orphans Has Failed
04.12.2014
11:30
There is observed little progress in solving the issue of providing lodgings to orphanage alumni. After the failed state program 300 alumni are still waiting, with many of them living in humiliating conditions in half ruined dormitories.
Civic Activism and Violence Acts: Overview of the Actions of the Law Enforcement Agencies
01.12.2014
12:30
Gevorg Safarian was assaulted just hours after attending a demonstration staged by dozens of fellow members of the PreParliament opposition movement outside the Armenian police headquarters. They protested against a series of arson attacks on cars belonging to PreParliament activists.
The Devaluation of the Dram Will lead to a Price Increase
01.12.2014
10:30
The Armenian dram plunged 4 points within few days. This multifactorial phenomenon has a negative impact on Armenia's economic indicators. The recent devaluation, experts believe, will not lead to a greater purchasing power of transfer payments, as expected by the Central Bank, since 85 percent of transfer payments come in rubles from Russia. The Russian ruble has recently dropped 35 percent.
Migration Affects the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Armenia
28.11.2014
13:00
Armenian experts in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment point out a set of issues in Armenia, namely low public awareness, unavailability of medical services, discrimination towards people with HIV/AIDS.
The Amendments to the Maternity Benefits Law May Cause Discrimination and Affect the Business Sector
27.11.2014
11:30
The proposed amendments to the Law on Temporary Unemployment Benefits, according to many experts, may affect both well-paid women and the overall business environment.
The Impact of the Funded Pension Reform on Education and Science
26.11.2014
13:00
The pension reform bill enacted on July 1 this year sparked complaints among young lecturers and researchers.
According to the data Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science, published on November 12, 120 young lecturers and researchers out of 470 have already resigned․The other 350 are expecting the problem to be resolved soon.
The indignation is aroused by the interim provisions of the pension reform according to which public sector workers born after January 1, 1974 cannot waive the obligation of making pension contributions.
The Helicopter Shoot-Down Incident: Armenian and Azerbaijani Media Coverage
20.11.2014
12:00
The Azerbaijani media do not prepare the society for peace just the opposite. Moreover, there is no manifestation of pluralism in Azerbaijan. Such opinion was expressed by David Alaverdyan, editor in chief of Mediamax New Agency at the Media Center initiated panel discussion entitled “The Helicopter Shoot-Down Incident: Armenian and Azerbaijani Media Coverage.’’
Civic Protest: Is the Reaction of the Law Enforcement Agencies Reasonable?
19.11.2014
12:00
Civic activists consider the behavior of the police during the civil protests unreasonable and predict further deterioration in behavior after Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Experts Prioritize the Sustainable Improvement of the EU-Armenia Relations
14.11.2014
11:30
Armenia must keep relations with the European Union steady, experts believe, because “a bit of Europe will help recover the policy adopted by Armenia later.”
The Personal Data Will Be Better Protected
13.11.2014
12:30
The "Personal Data Protection" new draft law would provide a higher degree of citizens’ data protection, claimed Liana Ghaltaghchyan, head of Legislative Analysis and Improvement Department of the Ministry of Justice of RA during the discussion held at the Media Center.
Civil Society Representatives and Experts Challenge the Constitutionality of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty
13.11.2014
11:00
Several civil society representatives and experts are confident that the Eurasian Economic Union treaty contradicts the Constitution of RA.
The Legislative Gap Hinders Protection against Discrimination
10.11.2014
13:00
Presently, the competent people or institutions lack the appropriate tool which will enable them to fulfill the function of protection against discrimination.
The Digitalization of the Armenian Television
16.10.2014
14:00
The report prepared by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) with support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, analyzes the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting. TV digitalization is scheduled for July 2015.
The Maternity Benefits Will Aggravate the Social Injustice
08.10.2014
12:00
“The concept of "maternity benefit" will also provide benefits to nearly 30 million unemployed mothers,” state officials. The lawyers and citizens, who speak against the idea, say that working women should receive maternity benefits, concurrently claiming that the Government's proposed legislative amendment is not the establishment of social justice but a discriminatory approach to working and non-working women.
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