Though the bill of Domestic Violence Law addresses the proposed requirements fully, the adoption of the law is not actively backed. Today at the Media Center press conference civil society representatives shared thoughts on recent developments regarding Domestic Violence Law in Armenia.
Vardan Petrosyan’s lawyers have applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for “an illegal one-year imprisonment.” The court decision to imprison the actor, his lawyers believe, is illegal since his guilt has not been proven, and Vardan Petrosyan, if released, will not attempt to interfere with the trial.
Those who demanded the 2015 Gyumri murder to be investigated in Armenia were labeled as opposition, with their position being described as anti-Russian whilst the events grew into a hot-button issue. Such opinion was expressed by the speakers today at the Media Center hosted press conference. The speakers included: Hranush Kharatyan, ethnographer; Zaruhi Muradyan, artist; and Karine Danielyan, head of the Association for Human Sustainable Development.
The fact that Valery Permyakov - a conscript soldier from the Russian 102nd Military Base who is accused of a mass murder in Gyumri – is put into the custody under the Russian jurisdiction is a decision made under political pressure.
French investors are willing to continue launching and implementing projects in Armenia, as a result, strengthening the Armenia-France relations.
The French delegates are visiting Armenia as part of a series of study tours initiated by the Armenian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the PMCI Company.
The Group of Observers Conducting Public Monitoring of Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia shared their thoughts on the protection of human rights and detected violation cases in Armenian prisons in 2014.
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.
Armenia will present its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on January 22, 2015. The UPR defines the human rights performance of Armenia.
“The UN UPR is not a most effective mechanism,” said Levon Barseghyan, President of the Asparez Journalists’ Club, Gyumri, adding that Armenian delegates fail to properly present several issues in the report.
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.
There haven’t been any positive systemic changes at penitentiary institutions (PI) of Armenia during the last 10 years. The changes were localized but the systemic problems such as criminogenic manners, low level of medical care, overcrowding at prisons, total implementation of arrest as a preventive measure and corruption still remain.