Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
An Armenian citizen has been detained while crossing the front line in Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, APA reports. Secretary of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons Shahin Sayilov told APA that the Armenian citizen aged about 20-22 has been detained. The source says that he has not been identified yet. According to Shahin Sayilov, the detained Armenian citizen is being taken to Baku.
he pension reform imposed on the people by the Armenian authorities is anti-constitutional, Zoya Tadevosyan, head of the Power of People initiative, member of the opposition Armenian National Congress, said at a press conference on Friday.
Further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and interference of Russia may push not only Kiev but also Tbilisi to speed steps for joining NATO, political expert, deputy director of the Caucasus Institute, Sergey Minasyan, said at today's press-conference. He also added that the events in Ukraine may seriously affect placement of forces at the post-Soviet area.
We can draw no direct parallels between Armenia and Ukraine, as civil wars are inadmissible for our country considering the external threats it is facing, Ashot Manucharyan, a member of the Karabakh Committee told reporters, Friday.
ArmInfo's correspondent on the spot reports that the finance minister refused to meet with the picketers and give explanations regarding application of the mandatory accumulative pension system beyond the Constitutional Court's decision. Instead, the head of the financial ministry staff expressed desire to talk to the picketers, who refused to negotiate with the official.
Police have detained three participants in the ongoing action of protest in front of the Finance Ministry. People are protesting against introduction of the mandatory accumulative pension system in Armenia. The action is organized by I'm Against public interest group.
Efficiency of Ukraine's CIS chairmanship depends on whether Russia will recognize the new leadership of Ukraine legitimate or not, says George Tarkhan- Mouravi, Director of Institute for Policy Studies in Tbilisi, told ArmInfo. Ukraine assumed chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States on Jan 1 2014.
Mamikon Khojoyan, the Armenian shepherd repatriated to Armenia from the Azeri captivity, has been moved from Ijevan to the Yerevan-based Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center.
The draft constitutional reforms programme is already ready. For this reason, it is not expedient to give any assessments, deputy chairman of the ruling RPA, head of the RPA parliamentary faction, Galust Sahakyan, said when replying to ArmInfo correspondent's question.
The last rally by the Armenian National Congress (on 1 March) was the most unsuccessful in the history of the Congress. And it is simply silly saying that the authorities are frightened, said Galust Sahakyan, Deputy Head of the RPA, Head of the RPA Faction in the Parliament.
The Republican Party of Armenia holds no discussions on the mandatory accumulative pension system before 28 March, said Galust Sahakyan, Deputy Head of the RPA, Head of the RPA Faction in the Parliament, commenting on media reports on the government's decision to make concessions under public pressure.
Armenian Health Minister Derenik Dumanyan instructed to hold a consultation to assess the health conditions of Mamikon Khojoyan, Armenian captive returned by Azerbaijan.
Party "Umid" and the Democratic Party, the Bloc "Karabakh" called on the Azerbaijani authorities to leave the CIS in sign of protest against the actions of Russia in Ukraine.
Twenty-five years later spread of similar and even more acute hatred, war propaganda in Azerbaijan by the Azerbaijani leadership often leads to the aggravation of the situation and loss of innocent lives, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Eduard Nalbandian stated this at the discussion of UN High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 4 2014. "
Transfer of Hakob Injighulyan, an Armenian servicemen who has been held captive in Azerbaijan since Aug 8 2013, to a third state would be the best solution, former Human Rights Defender of Armenia Larisa Alaverdyan told journalists on Thursday.
The public organization "Against legal lawlessness" is going to appeal to the European Count for Human Rights with a lawsuit against Azerbaijan on the case of an Armenian captive Mamikon Khojoyan, the head of the organization, the first ombudswoman of Armenia, Larisa Alaverdyan, said at today's press-conference.
Mamikon Khojoyan, the Armenian shepherd repatriated to Armenia from the Azeri captivity, has lost consciousness. At the moment he is undergoing intensive therapy at the Ijevan Medical Center.
ArmInfo’s interview with Gevorg Poghosyan, Director of the Institute of Sociology and Philosophy of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences
After returning from the Azerbaijani captivity Mamikon Khojoyan cannot move independently, a physician of the Ijevan Medical Centre, Emil Brutyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
Separation of the Crimea from Ukraine will become a precedent for recognition of Nagornyy Karabakh, director of the "Sociometer" centre, Aharon Adibekyan, said at today's press-conference.
Switzerland may appeal the European Court of Human Rights' verdict on genocide denial in Europe, stemming from a case involving a Turkish politician, Dogu Perincek, by 16 March.
As Arminfo correspondent reported, one of the activists was flying the flag of anarchists. Policemen asked fir his documents, but the activist abandoned their demand and was detained. Later another three activists were also detained.
Statements by several representatives of the Heritage party cannot hinder formation of a single political agenda, secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction, Naira Zohrabyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
'Threee out of four opposition forces of Armenia support Armenia's decision to integrate in the Eurasian Union, and one force is not enough for organizing of Euromaidan. Quite another situation has been created in Ukraine. The opposition have managed to unite and create a platform for displeasure with the decision of the authorities to suspend European integration, and supported by the West have managed to make a revolution", - he said.
Secretary of Prosperous Armenia Party Naira Zohrabyan has appealed to CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks over the Armenian captive in Azerbaijan Hakob Injighulyan.
The leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), Gagik Tsarukyan, is a part of the acting system in Armenia. For this reason, he cannot take part in the power change, director of the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy under Armenia's National Academy of Science, Gevorg Pogosyan, told Arminfo correspondent when commenting on the statement by the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
The protest action will start at 12:30 pm. "We will gather near the Finance Ministry building to express our protest and disagreement with the illegal actions of that structure. The Finance Ministry's pressure on the employers to transfer compulsory pension contributions to a special account is unacceptable. Thus, the Finance Ministry forces the employers to transfer the pension contributions. We, the citizens of Armenia, must not allow this", the initiative says in a statement.
77-year-old Armenian shepherd Mamikon Khojoyan, who was taken captive by Azeris on Jan 28, has been sent back to Armenia and is in hospital now.
"For some unknown reasons, I have not heard the words "embargo" and "gas" in the statements of western politicians and diplomats on Russia's actions in Ukraine. Therefore, I think, all these statements, except the one made by Secretary John Kerry, are inefficient and unprincipled," said Alexander Iskandaryan, Head of the Caucasus Institute, talking to reporters, Tuesday.
The best, which Yerevan can do to the last events in Ukraine is to go on keeping silent, director of the "Accord" investigation centre, former head of Armenia's National Security Service, David Shakhnazaryan, said at today's press-conference.