«Amnesty International calls to respect and protect the right of human rights defenders and journalists to undertake their legitimate work without the fear of harassment,criminal prosecution or other pressure;investigate promptly, effectively and impartially all reports of attacks or threats against human rights defenders, journalists and civil society activists, and identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice», South Caucasus researcher of Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Program Tural Ahmedzade briefly presented the report at the Media Center via live video call.
Arthur Sakounts and his associates will file a lawsuit to the Administrative Court litigating accordance of Serzh Sarkissian's act of announcement about joining the Customs Union to principles of democracy in Constitution. He didn't exclude that a lawsuit may be filed to the Constitutional Court later.
Armenia gets very little joining the Customs Union while losing sovereignity of economic policy, economist Vahagn Ghazaryan said at the discussion on “Armenia’s Strategic Challenges to Socio-Economic Development” initiated by the “Partnership for Open Society”.
There is a recent tendency in the political life of Georgia indicating that authorities do not cling to power: Mikheil Saakashvili returns the power, Prime Minister Ivanishvili states he is ready to resign, Director of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Dr. Stepan Grigoryan shared his observations during the discussion held at the Media Center.
The issue of dog population control in Yerevan is on the right way and the number of stray animals has been reduced in the capital, Alfred Hunanyan, Deputy Head of Trade and Services Department at the Yerevan Municipality said at the Panel Discussion organized at the Media Center.
Head of Urban Development Department of Shirak regional administration Albert Margaryan is convinced that in a few years there will be no unhoused people in Gyumri. On the Media Center’s initiative a panel discussion was organized on “Gyumri. 25 years after the earthquake”.
There are 522 sources of air pollution only in Yerevan where not only dust is a pollutant but heavy metals are, Lilit Sahakyan, Head of the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the RA National Academy of Sciences says. The laboratory has throughout years discovered heavy metals of different qualitative and quantitative criteria. Almost all the city is polluted by molybdenum.
In the next two months the National Assembly will adopt the draft amendments in the articles on “Sexual Inviolability and Crimes against Sexual Freedom” of the 18th chapter of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia, Davit Harutyunyan, Chair of NA Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs predicted at the Panel Discussion hosted by the Media Center today.
On September 5, 17:00 Srdjan Dragojevic’s Parada film was screened at the Media Center. The closed film screening was followed by a discussion, the keynote speakers of which included Representative of United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Maria Dotsenko, film critic Raffi Movsisyan and cultural studies expert Vardan Jaloyan.
On September 3 the Media Center hosted a Press Conference / Panel Discussion on the threats and hate speech addressed to the Women's Resource Center and the measures the organization is taking in response.