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  • Human Rights in Armenia: Systemic Issues in the Light of Former and Current Constitutions - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    of fundamental rights especially those violated in Armenia first and foremost political rights to elect and to be elected are not exercised in Armenia completely as mentioned above Right to a fair trial is another challenging issue and its indirect proves are verdicts of acquittal comprising miserable 2 and the courts wide spread satisfactions of investigators motion on detention as a precautionary measure The reports released by Armenia s human rights defender ombudsman on courts as well as by Nils Muižnieks Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights provide arguments for that We consider the deepest issue of human rights in Armenia perhaps is the practice of violations for absolute right of refraining from degrading treatment and punishment Evidences on regular tortures reflected in 2002 2013 reports of Council of Europe s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment CPT are quite enough to prove that Despite numerous claims by human right advocates and lawyers not a single official has been punished for tortures Discrimination against separate religious groups and sexual minorities is a serious problem as well which is a result of clichéd mentality of both authorities and society As a rule fundamental rights are introduced in reports on human rights while social economic ones are often ignored The situation unfolded in this field is more than disastrous The socially needy are practically deprived of elementary healthcare Labour rights aren t respected as well Working relations between an employer and an employee can usually be described as slavery Very often employees aren t contracted work by unscheduled mode with no fixed hours days off and holidays State control in this field is rather weak if not absent at all We are of the opinion that the reason is the above mentioned fusion of authorities politics and business as a businessman is interested in gaining more profit so it won t control itself as an authority at the same time If we also take into account that neither ruling nor influential opposition political parties in Armenia embrace leftist socialist ideologies and there are no truly independent and aggressive trade unions as well the picture will be complete One shouldn t separate human fundamental and social economic rights We think that protection of fundamental rights would assume the role of a locomotive to defend social rights Particularly independent judicial power would provide not only exercise of fundamental rights but free economic competition as well which in its turn would lead to economic development and improvement of social rights To summarize main guarantee for human rights protection is separation of powers i e availability of independent judiciary Has the society created a demand for systemic changes including judicial independence in the period of last 20 years Anyhow most of Armenia s dominant political parties haven t raised likewise question in their programs NEW CONSTITUTION AND REFERENDUM Unexpected for the many on the very first year of his second term of presidency 2013 RA president Serzh Sargsyan

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35208 (2016-02-14)
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  • What Is the Task in Case Permyakov Speaks Suddenly? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    of the Russian military base Although it may seem to be a technical issue it is a central one The Armenian side insists on holding the trial in a place as required by the Armenian legislation What does the Russian side fear Lynching Permyakov However Russia could seek for special protection if there is threat to its life in the Armenian court Or is the Russian side afraid that Permyakov may ask questions and he may give answers which Moscow cannot control However it could also happen in the premises of the Russian base What task do the Russian soldiers guarding Permyakov have in case he starts speaking Shoot him By the way in the previous meeting they were standing beside Permyakov In this meeting they had probably been asked to stand further The issue has a political aspect too Russia cannot hand its citizen to the Armenian court even if he has killed an entire family That would appear to them a concession to Armenia and its victory The international perception would be that Russia gives up on its people which is a shame for the Russian government However this is hardly the only reason that Permyakov is kept

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35174 (2016-02-14)
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  • Judge of Permyakov's Case Declined Challenge - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Avetisyan family today Artur Sakunts the representative of the successors of the victims challenged the judge The other advocates joined his motion announcing that they do not trust Presiding Judge Harutiun Movsesyan The advocates said the judge cannot be unbiased because he makes unacceptable mistakes After an hour of adjournment Judge Movsesyan declined the challenge and described all the justifications as groundless Earlier the judge had declined the motion for

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35170 (2016-02-14)
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  • Appeal from Seda Aznavour to Serzh Sargsyan for the release of Vardan Petrosyan - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to release the comedian Vardan Petrosyan currently imprisoned The French artist was sentenced to five years of prison January 29 2015 after fourteen months of proceedings following a traffic accident Seda Aznavour wrote on his Facebook wall Dear Mister president of Armenia Since you are friend with my famous father who is so involved with the welfare of Armenia you could make his daughter SEDA

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35167 (2016-02-14)
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  • Relatives of the Avetisyan Family Announced to Attend Trial at Russian Military Base - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    about their decision and claims The advocates of the successors of the Avetisyan family said the trial will continue whether they participate in it or not and their boycott is not in the interests of the relatives of the Avetisyan family Armenpress informed that the daughter of the murdered family Lusine Avetisyan told the journalists that it is difficult for them to be in the same hall with Permyakov but

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/right/view/35163 (2016-02-14)
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  • Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Overvalued 23 27 26 01 2016 Turkey s Intentions in Central Asia 01 28 26 01 2016 Iran s Getting Involved in Peace Process of Artsakh 22 52 25 01 2016 A New Threat from Nakhidjevan 00 03 25 01 2016 Has Anything Changed in the Peace Process 00 40 24 01 2016 Russia Gives up on Its Commitments to Armenia 14 37 23 01 2016 U S Position on Turkey 23 13 22 01 2016 Armenian Government Between Fire and Ice 01 00 21 01 2016 PACE and the Armenian Scandal 22 56 20 01 2016 Is There Armenian Scenario on NATO 23 15 19 01 2016 New Armenian Russian Deal Is Maturing 01 03 19 01 2016 So Who Will Save Russia 23 46 18 01 2016 Turkish Iranian Relations 00 53 18 01 2016 On the U S NATO Europe Turkey Relations 21 23 16 01 2016 Israel Is Important Factor for Turkey 14 05 16 01 2016 Track 1 Will British Ships Sail Armenian Mountains This Time 21 53 14 01 2016 Russian Patriarch in Even More Awkward Situation 00 11 14 01 2016 Russia s Shocking Gift to Armenia 23 59 11 01 2016 Manslaughter of the Avetisyan Family Was a Planned Political Act 22 08 11 01 2016 Russia and Turkey Are in a Hurry 23 44 10 01 2016 Turkey s Role in the Western Community 12 07 10 01 2016 Armenia Is Cut Off from Eurasian Union 23 12 09 01 2016 Why Is Russia Bringing Fighter Aircraft to Armenia 20 09 08 01 2016 Final Stage of Building New World Order Where Does Armenia Stand 12 21 08 01 2016 Problems of Armenia with EU and NATO 10 25 08 01 2016 Wave of Sudden Deaths in Russia Life After Putin

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  • A Poor, Belligerent Country - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    with Ukraine will be similar or identical to the conflict with Georgia It turned out that the conflict with Ukraine it here to stay and the Ukrainians are not Russians as V Putin has repetitively stated The same was about Syria However in this country the Russians deal with a well organized army not gangs and they will have to experience a lot of terrorist attacks So far nobody has revealed the cost of ammunition and flights of planes in this war This is very expensive and it has already been stated that the Russians will not stay long in Syria But how long are they going to bomb this country And what are the results of the Russian campaign in Syria Was fire caused by Russia The search for a venue for military actions is complicated and politically ambiguous Coupled with the costs this looks quite annoying especially that the Russian intelligence is disorganized and has missed a lot of opportunities In this sense presumably a venue will be considered in close proximity such as the territory of the post Soviet neighbors There is significant experience and similar pilot operations where Russia acted as the arbiter aggressor However the most meaningless thing in this scenario may be the fact that Russia will remain in isolation and will become the main target such as of the Islamic State which will transform to a partner of different countries over time Provided the example of the speculations of the Russians in Syria one may assume that Russia has not become a partner to the United States Europe the Arabs or the Iranians Russia stayed in blockade and isolation which has aggravated the economic crisis Russia which is working out these scenarios is facing the perspective of being surrounded by local and not

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/comments/view/35242 (2016-02-14)
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  • Strange Situation in Armenia - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Armenia has no intention to deregulate business Earlier the minister of energy Yervand Zakharyan had announced that Iran is not offering cheaper gas to Armenia and Armenia is not negotiating with Iran A few days ago the deputy prime minister Vache Gabrielyan said the negotiations with Iran are going on but he did not reveal the subject of the talks Armenia is facing a revision of its energy policy and some members of government are opposed to this Other members of government realize that it is a shame to pursue the interests of another country and are pretending as if they are doing something about it The U S Ambassador in Armenia Richard Mills told Radio Liberty that the United States encourages diversification and alternative sources and types of energy in Armenia He said that Armenia is a sovereign country and is free to cooperate with Iran in the energy sphere The end of sanctions opens up opportunities Obviously diversification and establishment of relations with Iran are possible in case of deregulation of Gazprom in Armenia and a revision of the Armenian Russian gas deal signed in December 2013 The Armenian officials say shyly that it is not a hindrance

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