The Government’s decision to establish an anti-corruption council chaired by the Armenian Prime Minister can hardly be an efficient tool and the council as such will not operate successfully unless there is an institutional approach. Such statement was made at the Media Center discussion.
The locals in Mets Ayrum, Lori Region, speak against the construction of a new tailing pond for Akhtala Mining Plant near the village because all the lands and pastures will be polluted by heavy metals, green activists say.
The local authorities in Lori Region are willing to collaborate with the public sector. Several local authorities-related fields, however, have to still suffer a number of issues. Civil society and local government representatives shared their contradicting opinions at the Media Center initiated panel discussion in Vanadzor on February 20.
During the sixth session the participation of the Armenian National Assembly in lawmaking has seen a 5% increase as compared with the previous session: the National Assembly-Government percentage correlation makes 10/90%. However, the Parliament has to still face a number of issues.
Following the President Sargsyan’s scandalous speech about Gagik Tsarukyan, head of the Prosperous Armenia Party and the latter’s tough response, the political tension in Armenia has dramatically intensified and such escalation, the political experts and human rights defenders believe, is conditioned by the strife for power.
The bill on non-governmental organizations intends to improve the working environment of NGOs and ensure the maximum liberalization of their activities which is restricted by the current legislation, representatives of non-governmental organizations stated at the Media Center panel discussion.
Human rights defenders have little hope for an unbiased internal investigation of the incident involving police officers and parents of soldiers killed not in action at Baghramyan Avenue on February 11.
The Armenian society has welcomed the Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment with contradicting opinions. 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.
Protection of human rights in the armed forces continues to be a concern although the number of violations of good order and discipline in the armed forces has recently decreased. Representatives of civil society and law enforcement agencies shared their opposing thoughts today at the Media Center initiated panel discussion.
The accident during the car rally organized by 100th Anniversary without this Regime movement in Berdzor was planned in advance by law enforcement agencies of Nagorno Karabakh, rights defender believe.
The decision of the Armenian Central Bank to raise the minimum capital requirement for commercial banks to 30 billion drams instead of the current 5 billion drams from January 1, 2017 will not ease the problems and possible crisis in the financial system.
The escalation in Karabakh conflict zone and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border dramatically increased within the previous year. The ceasefire violations have geographically expanded, with the tension remaining so heightened that it is measured with the number of casualties.
Those who demanded the 2015 Gyumri murder to be investigated in Armenia were labeled as opposition, with their position being described as anti-Russian whilst the events grew into a hot-button issue. Such opinion was expressed by the speakers today at the Media Center hosted press conference. The speakers included: Hranush Kharatyan, ethnographer; Zaruhi Muradyan, artist; and Karine Danielyan, head of the Association for Human Sustainable Development.
The fact that Valery Permyakov - a conscript soldier from the Russian 102nd Military Base who is accused of a mass murder in Gyumri – is put into the custody under the Russian jurisdiction is a decision made under political pressure.