“Everything depends on decisions. Being dependent on external forces, Armenia and Azerbaijan are not the countries that may choose war”, political scientist Manvel Sargsyan claimed at the discussion entitled “Recent Incidents along Armenian-Azerbaijani border: Expert Opinion” initiated by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) at the Media Center.
The situation in the Ukrainian capital remains tense, although in video reports provided by news websites things appear to be worse than they are in reality. At a discussion hosted by the Media Center, Dmitri Shulga, European programs director at Renaissance(Відродження) international foundation, pointed out that people that gathered at the Maidan were fighting for the European future they were deprived of after the Vilnius Summit.
“An increase in the price of gas has led to a decrease in the number of greenhouses in Armenia”, said head of Greenhouse Association Research Center, Poghos Gevorgyan, during s discussion at the Media Center.
A special open session of the National Assembly’s Accounting Committee was held today, at 15:00.The first issue on the agenda was the legality of the December 23 voting on the agreement on the purchase and sale terms of shares of ArmRosGazprom CJSC and its further activities. The government officials have been notified about the results of the session.
In Armenia every eighth out of ten imprisoned women is a mother, and these women face problems with seeing their children. Imprisonment has a worse impact on women than on men. 80% of imprisoned women face psychic disorders; they are more frequently stigmatized than men. Besides, husbands of imprisoned women pay them less visits in places of detention than women do.
“Of course, the judicial system is catastrophic, but I would put the Police in the first place this year. When Vova Gasparyan took the position, he acted as Messiah in front of the people, whereas in reality we were the witnesses of all that violent incidents”, Janna Alexanyan, head of the “Journalists for Human Rights” NGO, thinks the situation of human rights in 2013 was.
‘The only solution to Armenia’s security issue is our sovereign state, national army and democratic governance system,’ noted ZaruhiPostanjyan, head of ‘Heritage’ parliamentary faction, at the Media Center hosted panel discussion entitled ‘Life after Vilnius: Challenges and Implicit Future Opportunities’.
Armenia was ignored at Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum since Ukraine was in the foci of the event. This was the impression of Armenian participants attending the Forum, who recently returned from Vilnius.
‘Taking people to an unknown place in a simple car, without uniforms is kidnapping. Hitting the jaw and beating a whole minute is not typical of a police officer, this behavior is specific to a group of people working for a particular person.
The Media Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Eminent Domain: Long-lasting Issues and Legal Procedures”. The panelists included Sedrak Baghdasaryan, head of ‘Victims of State Needs’ NGO; Artur Grigoryan, lawyer; Ashot Abrahamyan, representative of ‘Soglasie Armenia’ LLC, lawyer.
Demonstrations in Kyiv against the decision not to sign a key pact with the EU are comparable in size with the protests of 2004 Orange Revolution, Volodymyr Horbach, political analyst at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation said on video call at the discussion initiated by the Media Center.
All the interested parties in mental health sphere in Armenia equally agree that community services need to be empowered. Whereas in Hungary discussions around this have taken 15 years, international mental health expert Zsolt Bugarski said at the press conference held at the Media Center today.
Media Center, November 19: November 19 is World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children. During 9 months of 2013 199 cases of violence against children have been recorded by the RA Police, 19 of which are cases of domestic violence.