After the amendments to the RA Law on Funded Pension were adopted, there still exists a bias attitude towards people of equal status. Presently, the young public sector employeesalready pay the funded pension which is now defined as ‘welfarepayment’ while private sector employees will make the compulsory payments in 3 years.
The decision of the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative District on the publications of Hraparak daily and ilur.am website concerning an accident in Gyumri may become a challenging precedent to silence mass media and limit the freedom of speech.
On the eve of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Turkey continues setting the agenda through official and unofficial means thus creating an illusion for the international community that certain steps are being taken to reestablish Armenian-Turkish relations.
The activities aimed at developing the Armenian economics do not go in line with the existing pricing policy. On the one hand, competitive economics, alongside with the prospect for becoming an exporting and importing country, is pursued, on the other hand, the current pricing policy is driving the country in the opposite direction.
Yerevan continues to be a disabled-unfriendly city. However, the factions of Yerevan City Council and City Administration state that considerable improvement is observed with respect to disabled people’s social integration and insurance.
The prohibition of torture is an absolute human right which is defined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The RA Constitution also states that ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or humiliating attitude or punishment.’ Whereas the applicable definition in Armenia does not include the provision on ‘pain or suffering that is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.’
27 percent of job seekers in Gyumri are young citizens in the age range 16-30. According to Gyumri’s young residents, the problem arises both because of lack of jobs and low salaries, both of which contribute to emigration.
The civic initiative protesting against the decision of the RA Public Services Regulatory Commission on launching the review process for the electricity tariffs claims that the current tariff cannot be increased, urging the Commission to define the price setting policy.
Members of the civic initiative ‘Let’s Save the Afrikyan Club Building’ intend to file a second demand-letter to Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. The citizens protesting against the dismantling of this building that was granted a historic status assure that they are resolved to continue their struggle till final victory despite the possible criminal prosecution.
The Ministry of Education and Science claims that 'Armenian Church History' taught at school does not practice preaching and the textbooks do not contain any manifestations of intolerance. However, a number of experts disagree with this statement.
Annually 1500 female children are not born in Armenia due to sex-selective abortions. The bill proposed by the Armenian Health Ministry which makes informing parents of the sex of a fetus until 30 weeks of pregnancy illegal, notwithstanding the possible corruption risks, aims at eliminating the ‘son-centrism’ among the Armenians.
During the research which was conducted from November 2013 to April 2014 researcher Victoria Burnazyan studied the workload of 100 small hydroelectric power plants on 47 rivers, as well as conducted environmental impact assessment for 25 plants and checked compatibility of their work with international conventions and RA legislation.
The intent of the EU visa facilitation process is to change the current communication atmosphere between Europe and Armenia though the visa privileges are offered only to certain categories of Armenian citizens.