Alevis from Dersim, a region in today’s eastern Turkey, who visited Armenia and some of whom have Armenian origins, said that a new era has started in Dersim: local Armenians are trying to regain their identity, and Alevis, a religious community in Turkey, are consistent about taking up the-once local Armenian cultural heritage.
As the two ancient South Caucasus nations known to have grown vines and made wine for millennia Armenians and Georgians have had as much ‘good-neighborly’ relations as competition in the ancient trade both during the Soviet period and after independence.
Human rights activists argue that the parole system in Armenia does not work and that there are no clearly defined standards for convicts to be granted provisional release. The number of convicts who benefit from this system is less than five percent, they say, calling on the Ministry of Justice to draft a new concept for reforming the system.
The fourth plenary session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is officially starting in Yerevan today. Ahead of the launch of the main sessions, on Monday, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian spoke at the meeting of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Political Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy.
Analysts in Armenia acknowledge that the country’s opposition is in shambles after the latest offensive from the ruling party, but many also say the situation cannot last long considering the worsening socio-economic conditions.
Another “redevelopment” scandal is emerging in Yerevan as residents of a city center area protest plans for new controversial construction that will result in their being evicted from their current homes.