On December 22, 2014 the Gavar Court, as provided in Part 1, Article 119 of the RA Criminal Code, convicted and subsequently granted amnesty to Hasmik Khachatryan’s husband Sargis Hakobyan. The latter is the son of well-known fortune-teller Varsik.
The Advanced Public Research Group (APR Group) has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on the proposed constitutional reforms intended to provide estimates concerning Armenians’ expectations from the coming constitutional reforms, as well as identify the current issues and omissions.
Armenia has recorded an increase in the identification of sexually transmitted infections and HIV cases. As of December 1, 2014 305 HIV cases are identified in the country. The statistics was presented by Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, coordinator at the Anonymous Consultation and Test Service of the Medical Scientific Center of Dermatology and STI, RA MoH.
The European Union, according to the statistics, is the number one trade partner of Armenia and largest investor in the country. The European Union (EU) will continue its cooperation with Armenia but the cooperation format will be defined during the upcoming bilateral discussions.
The official statistics shows the Police of the Republic of Armenia received 1500 reports on attacks against women in the period of January-August 2014 while twelve women are reported to have died in domestic violence homicides this year. The Police identified those women’s deaths as domestic violence-caused deaths.
It is already the fourth consecutive year the Armenian Little Singers' International Association has organized a concert in Armenia, dedicated to the World Choral Day. The World Choral Day has been celebrated in the whole world since 1990 involving hundreds and thousands of choirs from 150 countries.
The violations during the 2013 summer and 2014 winter conscriptions the experts claim restrict the legal opportunities of conscripts who seek restitution of their violated rights.
‘Order 410 of the Defense Ministry should be included in the Law on Mandatory Military Service, so that someone will dear to challenge the legal document in courts,’ said Artur Sakunts, chairman of HCA Vanadzor office at the Media Center hosted press conference.
“Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union will cause serious problems in the government procurement service. In terms of legislative perfection our legislation is more perfect than that of the countries we are going to cooperate with.” At the Media Center initiated press conference Artak Manukyan, expert at Transparency International NGO, spoke on the recent trends in RA Government Procurement Service.
“Europe learnt its lesson from the two World Wars. And its greatest achievement is the European Union established in the aftermath of World War II which is a peace zone now,” said Reiner Morell, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia at the Media Center initiated press conference. The joint press conference was attended by Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Armenia Katherine Leach.
“The parliamentary journalists’ accreditation procedure originally had flaws, and journalists should have voiced their concerns,” said Ashot Melikyan, Chairman at the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, at the Media Center initiated press conference.
Within the framework of the “Media Bus” project 10 journalists and bloggers from Turkey are currently visiting Armenia. They have been traveling through Turkey and Armenia with 10 Armenian colleagues.
“For me as a professional, it is a life-changing possibility to get to know Armenian colleagues and see Armenia … It is impossible to establish relations between the two countries until the two nations know one another,” said Hüseyin Hayatsever, freelance journalist, today at the Media Center hosted press conference.
“It is proved that Harutyun Sargsyan could not have been involved in Karen Yesayan’s murder. There is no reasonable evidence.” At the Media Center initiated press conference Lusine Sahakyan, Harutyun Sargsyan’s defender, and Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of Armenia’s Helsinki Committee, shared their thoughts on the murder case of Karen Yesayan, fiancé of Gyumri Ex-Mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s daughter.
Two years ago Harutyun Sargsyan, who is the son of Samvel Sargsyan, former chief of police for the town of Ani, was detained for Karen Yesayan’s murder.
The official opening ceremony of “Striding Imprints: Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn” exhibition will be held at the United Nations Office in Armenia on October 21.
The two-week exhibition will feature pieces created with techniques of offset lithography, etching and monotype by artists Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan. The works were created during the artists’ visit to Tallinn, Estonia.
On October 19 the voter turnout at local elections in 14 communities in eight regions of Armenia was low. At the Media Center hosted press conference Yeghiazar Davtyan, Coordinator at Martuni’s Women Community Council, said that in Gegharkunik Region, particularly, the low voter turnout was conditioned by emigration though there is indifference as well. For instance, one of the communities had only one candidate nominated. “People already know that very candidate is sure to win without their active participation.”