On January 28 Armenia celebrates its Army Day. A few days before, on January 26, the Media Center hosted a discussion on protection of the rights of military servicemen and cases of violations in 2017; speakers Mr. Artur Sakunts, human rights activist and Chairman of HCA Vanadzor, and Ms Zhanna Alexanyan, human rights activist and Chairperson of Journalists for Human Rights NGO, shared their views on current issues.
On March 2, 2018, the RA National Assembly will elect the 4th President of Armenia. On January 18, Armen Sargsyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, was nominated as the candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Armenia during the meeting of the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
The detention conditions and issues of detainees at penitentiaries remain unchanged as compared to the previous years. This opinion was expressed by Robert Revazyan, member of the Public Observers’ Group Conducting Public Monitoring at Penitentiaries of the RA MoJ, at the discussion hosted by the Media Center on January 19.
On January 13, RA Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan posted on his Facebook page about the treatment expenses of military serviceman Albert Dallakyan, who was wounded as a result of violating the rules for safe handling with a weapon by the platoon commander. The minister urged to donate for surgery of the wounded soldier abroad. The required amount is 46,000 USD.
On December 18, The Partnership for Open Society Initiative held a public discussion entitled “The Role of the Civil Society in Developing Public Policy Agenda and Ensuring Accountable Governance in Armenia.”
Last week, Hakob Hakobyan, Chairman of the RA NA Standing Committee on Health Care and Social Affairs, member of the RPA faction, told the Zhoghovurd Daily, “The poor spend little, and consequently, the increase of prices brings to the fact that the poor will have to spontaneously avoid expensive goods. The state policy is that if inflation can hit the poor, they should be protected. Now there is no need for the state to address it. Poor people have the habit of avoiding buying expensive goods.”
One of the most pressing issues in the Armenian energy system is the non-transparent and illogical formation of the gas price for the consumer. Officially, Russia sells gas to Armenia at $ 150 per 1,000 cubic meters but the final consumer pays almost twice more - $ 290.
December 3 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this occasion, a discussion was held at Media Center on December 4 on the topic of “Issues of People with Disabilities in Armenia: International Commitments, Pre-Election Promises and Reality”.
A discussion dedicated to World AIDS Day was held at Media Center on December 1 aith the participation of Hovhannes Madoyan, Chairman of “Real World, Real People” NGO, Eduard Hovhannisyan, Doctor-Epidemiologist at Epidemiology Surveillance Department of the Republican Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia, and Arusyak Poghosyan, Head of Project Implementation Service of the Armenian Youth Foundation.