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.
The authors of “The Three Stories of Galicia” have a 300 hours’ footage from Western Ukraine and Eastern Poland. It includes 12 stories which could have become a film, but the filmmakers chose only three.
Shant Harutyunyan acted in the frames of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and realized every citizen’s right of rebellion, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor Artur Sakunts claimed at the discussion held at the Media Center on November 8.
«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.