The planned electricity price hike and the current tariff of 41 drams are not justified since the Public Services Regulatory Commission has inflated the expenses of the Electric Networks of Armenia which are included in the tariff.
The Association of Armenian Choirmasters launched a large-scale festival campaign in all the regions of Armenia. On May 27 Gavar, Gegharkunik, hosted “Armenia- My World” children’s festival which involved 12 choirs.
The projects bridging the IT sectors in Armenia and Turkey – with five teams of young entrepreneurs actively collaborating – were wrapped up at the Media Center hosted press conference, with an awarding ceremony following.
The observers from the USA are impressed with the professionalism and transparency the May 3 parliamentary elections in Nagorno Karabakh (NKR) were held with. The elections were conducted in a fair, transparent, competitive and accurate manner, consistent with the international standards, said the observers of the US monitoring delegation.
The Special Investigation Service (SIS) does not conduct an unbiased and fair investigation of cases which involve officials who allegedly have exerted physical and psychological violence on civilians, rights defenders said at the Media Center hosted press conference.
On May 1 the Polish Chórtownia Foundation will launch a series of seminars for choirmasters and directors in Armenia. The seminars will feature the project The Sound of Europe II and presentation of the website which is a platform to gather information on various choirs in different countries.
In 2016 Überlingen, Germany will host the exhibition “Armenia – Past and Present: Painting and Photography 1975-2015” dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
Sona Harutyunyan, Head of the Cultures in Dialogue Foundation, told the journalists that the exhibition will feature works by three generations of artists.
The timeframe for public and political discussions on the adoption of anti-discrimination law or a substituting legal framework remains unclear. Civil society representatives and the Justice Ministry, however, agree that appropriate awareness campaign should be carried out before the law is adopted.
The three-year Human Rights for Diversity and Equality Program launched in Armenia in January, 2015. It aims to enhance the protection of human rights in the country, with the target groups being sexual, religious and ethnic minorities.
The confrontation between Local Developers Company, owned by businessman Samvel Mayrapetyan, and residents of the buildings at 23, 25 Teryan Str. and 37 Lalayants Str. have come to a turning point. Local Developers Company – constructor of the buildings since 2007 – filed a lawsuit to move out residents of their flats. The residents, however, are determined to stand up and “vigorously struggle for” their property.
The parents of the March 1 victims hopelessly think the March 1 case will not be solved and those guilty for the murder of ten people will not be punished under the current authorities in Armenia. The seven-year-long investigation, parents believe, is nothing but “an imitation.” They have decided not to go to the Special Investigation Service since they have stopped trusting it.
The concept of introducing pediatric palliative care appears to be gradually shaping in Armenia while palliative care for adults is becoming more available through availability of medicine and improvement regarding the policy, legislation and public awareness campaign, Armenian and foreign experts stated at the Media Center panel discussion.
The Armenian government delegation is to make a statement regarding the 179 obligations within the UN Universal Periodic Review by June, 2015.
Today at the Media Center press conference representatives of civil society spoke on the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Armenia will report to the council that the country obliges to address or acknowledge the obligations.