Positions: to the North or West? 2014-2017October 5, 2017 Own, Report
In May 2017 HCA Vanadzor, jointly with the ‘Advanced Public Relations Group’ (APR Group) NGO, conducted a sociological survey throughout Armenia to find out the public positions on international entities (EU, EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union)).
The Survey was carried out with the financial support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee within the project on Raising Effectiveness of Protection of Citizens’ Rights in Relations with the Police.
The findings of the Survey entitled “Positions: to the North or West?” are presented in comparison with the findings of similar survey carried out in the previous 3 years.
The Survey showed that after September 3, 2013 when RA declared on the highest level joining the Customs Union and later the Eurasian Economic Union, the number of the people in the Republic of Armenia who favored joining that international entity dropped in the past 4 years, namely in 2014-2017 while the number of those who favored joining the European Union grew.
In 2014-17, the factor of considering Russian Federation a friendly state lost most of its impact on the supporters of joining the Eurasian Economic Union. About 1/3 of the people viewing Russian Federation as a friendly state favor joining the European Union.
In the past 4 years, the Armenian society has shown a clearer position on joining those 2 international entities. Younger population and mostly women in urban areas and Yerevan, with average monthly family income above the national average, prefer that the Republic of Armenia joins the European Union.
Those who favor joining the European Union look forward to improvements in the activities of the RA political/state institutions and also show high trends of emigration.
Supporters of joining the EAEU predominate among those who get information from television, an information source controlled by the authorities with the largest audience, and supporters of joining the European Union predominate among those who get information from social media, an information source slightly controlled by the authorities.
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Approaches of “Partnership for Open Society” Initiative Regarding COMPREHENSIVE AND EXTENDED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT To Be Signed between the European Union and the Republic of ArmeniaOctober 20, 2017
Based on both positive and negative experience of the civil society in establishing cooperation with international and national state institutes, its success and failures, “Partnership for Open Society” Initiative expects that the Civil Society Platform will not have a merely formal nature, but a real and substantial participation in the process of implementation of the Agreement.
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform STATEMENT On the Publication of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European UnionOctober 18, 2017
Armenian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum welcomes the publication of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union, submitted to the Council of the European Union for a decision.
If Arkadi Kochinyan is killed or commits a suicide or self-injury or if any such attempts are committed, the full responsibility will be borne by the RA Ministry of Justice, RA MoJ Penitentiary Department and administration of ‘Nubarashen’ penitentiary facilities.
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Statement On the current state of the local self-government system of the Republic of Armenia and the ongoing reformsOctober 15, 2017
As a result periodic analyses are made and are presented to the RA relevant authorities, as well as are publicized through the media. One of these analyses was presented on September 11, 2017 at the conference of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform on “Civil society engagement in the administrative-territorial reforms in Armenia”.
The court examined and rejected the motion filed by Ani Chatinyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor, at the previous hearing to discontinue the proceedings and apply to the RA Constitutional Court. The Court supported its rejection by the fact that the plaintiffs were not deprived of the opportunity to apply to the Constitutional Court.
Police officials visited a person in detention facilities and urged him to assume responsibility for 3 theft casesOctober 14, 2017
By deciding to suspend the criminal proceedings, investigator for high-profile cases S. Avetisyan bypassed the fact of abuse of power by the investigator in charge of the proceedings and the police officials. Also, the impact of the police actions on A. H. was not examined, especially given that during the questioning he noted that his fear of police officers deepened after the incident.
RA Police does not consider expedient analyzing application of ‘Guideline for Police Actions during Elections’October 12, 2017
Anyway, we believe that the RA Police will definitely address the issues raised by us and we are ready as on the day before the NA elections to take part in assessing the application of the Guidelines.
Information on the course of preliminary investigation into criminal proceedings initiated on interfering with ‘Lori’ TV editor-in-chief Narine Avetisyan’s professional journalistic activitiesOctober 11, 2017
Within the preliminary investigation into the criminal case, the investigating body decided to assign a forensic medical examination and a forensic computer and technical expert examination.
At the end of the visit Mr. Dainius Pūras shared his preliminary observations on the healthcare system in RA. He stated that there are good opportunities to achieve the progressive realization of the right to health in Armenia but public authorities should step up efforts to address structural and systemic challenges, both in law and practice, in order to fulfill its obligations under international law to promote and protect human rights.
Questioned police officer insists that he personally demanded that protestor V. Petrosyan left the traffic section of the streetOctober 10, 2017
On October 6, 2017 the RA Administrative Court questioned the police officers involved as witnesses in protestor Vahram Petrosyan’s case.
Persons with mental health problems are “imprisoned” at psychiatric hospitals and care facilities and lose their opportunity of self-realization and their own self. This is caused by both the current stigma and stereotypes, and the lack of necessary psychosocial support services and insufficient legislative regulations.