During the first week of the four day Parliament sitting period opposition MPs criticized the parliament process, explaining that the government does not allow them to properly study the law while trying to urgent pass bills.
While news about the atrocities committed against ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in the dying years of the Empire still reached societies living to the West of the Bosporus in the form of various scattered reports, it took more time for the world to see a more integral picture of what many governments and historians would later call the first genocide of the 20th century.
Two high-interest legal cases with questionable outcomes have given ground for human rights defenders to claim that large-scale crimes in Armenia remain unpunished, whilst small ones get severe punishments.
Reform NGO President Karine Hakobyan reflected on the cases of popular actor Vardan Petrosyan and Tseghakron party leader Shant Harutyunyan, saying that these are different cases by nature but have the common line of unfairness.
Hayastan All Armenian Fund and Shant TV’s joint efforts resulted in a six-hour Telethon in Los Angeles which earned $664,000 in pledges to find homes for needy in Gyumri.
Families highlighted in the telethon were selected by Shirak Center NGO which posted videos with socially vulnerable large families living in temporary shelters and with no hope to receive an accommodation from the state.
The 6th session of Parliament was launched this week with the Armenian National Assembly taking up 145 questions and 25 international agreements.
The session started with participation of 123 MPs out of 131, a day after President Serzh Sargsyan scolded his NA Republican faction members, reminding that the most important task of an MP is his legislative activity.
Approaching the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, a number of countries continue adopting laws condemning the genocide, claiming that rejecting it results in new crimes in the modern world, such as the crime toward Christians and Yezidi in Iraq.
An “Islamic State” terrorist group video on the internet where they threaten to ‘liberate’ the Caucasus and Chechnya with ‘Allah’s mercy’, has triggered various interpretations, especially that the group, ISIS, has announced about creating an Islamic Caliphate on the territory of Iraq and Syria.
Five years after the failure of “football diplomacy” a new stage of Armenian-Turkish relationship is anticipated toward the centennial of the Armenian Genocide; it was launched by President Serzh Sargsyan who invited the newly-elected Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend the ceremony of the Genocide centennial.
A charity music event dedicated to ‘70s of Yerevan and Aleppo took place in Yerevan organized with the support of Ministries of Diaspora and Culture of Armenia and funded by AGBU Yerevan. All profits of the concert will be directed to meet the needs of Syrian-Armenians.