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11/10/2014

BHK lawmaker: Trioka will not split
Non-governing forces in the Armenian parliament will, undoubtedly, rally their supporters again, Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) MP Stepan Margaryan told reporters on Monday after a sitting of the three forces – BHK, Armenian National Congress (HAK) and Heritage.
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11/4/2014

BHK doesn’t have information about fight
Today press published information about Gagik Tsarukyan- Serzh Sargsyan meeting. NA BHK party member Mikayel Melkumyan doesn’t have information about it. He also doesn’t have information about dates of future meeting of the Troika leaders, it is normal process, “Meeting won’t be late. It will take place this week.”
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10/30/2014

CEC Chairman: We are preparing for early elections
Head of the Armenian Government Staff, Minister David Harutyunyan says well-attended rallies are not enough to make them start negotiations with the opposition.
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10/20/2014

Stepan Demirtchyan: Who says it is impossible to disclose March 2008 tragedy?
Who says that it is impossible to disclose the March 2008 tragedy? It should have been disclosed long ago, Stepan Demirtchyan, a lawmaker of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), said in the National Assembly on Monday during the discussion of Ombudsman’s report.
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10/16/2014

Cold shower is still in force
Police Head Vladimir Gasparyan’s cold shower in response to the opposition’s hot autumn is still in force. “In case of unexpected actions, Police will also act unexpectedly,”-
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9/26/2014

Yerevan Traders Punished For Anti-Government Protests
Armenian law-enforcement authorities indicated on Friday that they will not prosecute the owner of a large jewelry market in Yerevan who has punished its traders taking part in ongoing protests against new taxation rules introduced by the government.
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9/10/2014

Tsarukyan, Ter-Petrosyan discuss preparations for joint rally
Armenian National Congress (ANC) leader, Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Prosperous Armenia leader Gagik Tsarukyan met on Tuesday.
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7/21/2014

Opposition Leader Predicts Sarkisian Downfall Over Constitutional Reform Plans
Armenian National Congress (HAK) leader Levon Ter-Petrosian believes opposition to the constitutional reform initiated by the current government will become the core issue of the country’s non-governing forces that plan street protests next fall.
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6/6/2014

Judge leaves courtroom without saying a word
The situation is very tense at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan’s Kentron and Kanaker-Zeytun districts where the trial of reserve colonel Volodya Avetisyan is underway.
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5/13/2014

Policemen acted violently: Pre-Parliament
Today at 12:00 Policemen acted violently toward the action participants in Mashtots park, who held civil protest there and 7 of them- Gevorg Safaryan, Ani Khachatryan, Anna Shahnazaryan, Arsen Ohanyan, Mikayel Elizbaryan, Dvin Isanyan and Roland Tmoyan were brought to the department.
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4/22/2014

Kocharian Attacks Sarkisian, Constitutional Reform
Former President Robert Kocharian underscored his deepening rift with President Serzh Sarkisian on Tuesday, describing as “woeful” the current Armenian leadership’s track record and denouncing its controversial plans for constitutional reform.
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3/28/2014

Raffi Hovannisian promises not to become deserter
Speaking at Heritage Party’s rally in Yerevan, head of the Heritage parliamentary group Ruben Hakobyan said the only way to put Armenia on the right path is to change the entire Cabinet.
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3/1/2014

Levon Ter-Petrosyan is on the Liberty Square
HAK meeting started on the Liberty Square under the sounds of the RA national anthem.
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3/1/2014

Armen Martirosyan: Authorities will not disclose March 1
Members of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) hail the cooperation between non-coalition forces. Talking to reporters on March 10, HHK MP Artak Davtyan said the cooperation can be effective in view of certain issues.
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2/13/2014

Opposition Youths Again Detained By Police
Several young activists of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) risked prosecution on hooliganism charges on Thursday after being confronted by government loyalists and detained by the police as a result.
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1/21/2014

High Court Agrees To Address Judicial Corruption
One of Armenia’s highest courts has agreed to discuss with the national bar association what the state human rights ombudsman and many lawyers see as widespread corruption in the judiciary, it emerged on Tuesday.
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5/15/2013

Tsarukian’s Party Still Opposition For Ter-Petrosian Camp
Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) said on Wednesday that it continues to regard the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) as an opposition force despite statements to the contrary made by BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian.
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2/22/2013

Heritage party issues statement about presidential elections
While deeply regretting the mentioned 10-20% of polling stations where the Heritage representatives underwent pressures and sometimes failed to resist, we nonetheless honor and thank the vast majority of our Precinct Electoral Commission members in more than 1900 precincts as well as the 800 proxies for the work they did. Many of them who came to Hovannisian's campaign headquarters through the the election night or called to tell just one word, 'We won,' did their work. It is because of their work that despite all the fraud and threats, Raffi Hovannisian's victory was registered in many cities.
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2/22/2013

Armenian Opposition Supporters Resume Protests In Yerevan
YEREVAN -- Several thousand opposition supporters are rallying again in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to protest the official results of the February 18 election that returned incumbent President Serzh Sarkisian to office.
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2/22/2013

Rally starts at Liberty Square
Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannisian has just arrived at Liberty Square where thousands of people have gathered for today's rally. Mr Hovannisian passed through the lines greeting the participants of the meeting.
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2/22/2013

ARF Dashnaktsutyun voices support for Raffi Hovannisian’s protest actions
Head of ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan addressed the participants of rally in support of opposition candidate Raffi Hovannisian.
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2/22/2013

Dashnaktsutyun joins Heritage
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) has joined the Heritage party, Armen Martirosyan, vice-chairman of the Heritage party Armen Martirosyan announced at Liberty Square minutes ago.
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2/22/2013

Vanadzor citizens: We voted consciously
A group of young people today gathered outside Vanadzor Municipality, demanding Mayor Samvel Darbinyan to respond for his Feb. 21 statement in which the official said that people in his city ‘voted for Raffi Hovannisian unconsciously, without realizing what they were doing.'
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2/22/2013

March participants returning to Liberty Square
The participants of today's march walked along Northern Avenue and headed to Republican Square and are already returning to Liberty Square.
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2/21/2013

Raffi Hovannisian enters presidential residence
Armenian presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian has entered the presidential residence
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2/21/2013

U.S. Hopes For Post-Election Calm In Armenia
“We agree with the findings that while Election Day was calm and orderly, it was marked by undue interference in the process, mainly by proxies representing the incumbent, and some serious violations, including cases of pressure on voters,” she said.
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2/20/2013

Thousands Rally Around Hovannisian
YEREVAN—“This popular struggle will not die down. We will achieve victory,” said opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian on Firday as he addressed thousands of supporters who had gathered at Liberty Square to hear a briefing on his meeting Thursday with Serzh Sarkisian at the Presidential Palace.
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2/19/2013

Hovannisian Rejects Official Vote Results
Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian on Tuesday insisted that he is the rightful winner of Monday’s presidential election and rejected as fraudulent official vote results giving victory to President Serzh Sarkisian. Rallying thousands of supporters in Yerevan, Hovannisian gave Sarkisian until Wednesday evening to meet him and discuss “the transfer of power to the Armenian people.”
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2/13/2013

Presidential Candidate Slams ‘Illegitimate’ Election
Arman Melikian, an opposition presidential candidate, on Wednesday branded the upcoming presidential election as “illegitimate” and said he will not cast a ballot on February 18.
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2/8/2013

Levon Ter-Petrosyan is not leaving politics
During his campaign rally in Yerevan's Arabkir community on Thursday, Serzh Sargsyan commented on Levon Ter-Petrosyan's recent interview.
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2/6/2013

Mikael Danielyan: Election is a show, you only need to buy a ticket
Human rights defenders in Armenia do not feel protected; they can be subjected to violence at any time, says Mikael Danielyan, Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Association.
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1/29/2013

Presidential Candidate Continues Hunger Strike
One of the eight candidates in the Armenian presidential race remained on hunger strike for a ninth consecutive day on Tuesday, insisting on his demands for President Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation.
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1/28/2013

Opposition Candidates Voice Election Concerns
The three main opposition candidates in Armenia’s upcoming presidential election expressed concern about its proper conduct and demanded urgent anti-fraud measures in a joint statement issued on Monday.
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1/22/2013

Sarkisian Admits Unmet 2008 Pledges On Campaign Trail
President Serzh Sarkisian admitted failing to deliver on some of his 2008 pre-election promises on Tuesday as he met voters in Armenia’s southeastern Syunik province on his first reelection campaign trip.
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1/16/2013

Ruling Party Sees Election Support From Tsarukian Backers
Many members of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) will be campaigning for President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection in next month’s ballot, a top presidential ally claimed on Wednesday.
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1/7/2013

Ex-Oppositionists Back Sarkisian’s Reelection
Two former Armenian opposition parties led by veteran politicians on Monday confirmed that they support President Serzh Sarkisian’s reelection plans.
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12/26/2012

Dashnaks Also Shun ‘Predetermined’ Presidential Election
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) said on Wednesday that it too will not nominate a candidate in the upcoming presidential election because it does not think that the vote will be free and fair.
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12/25/2012

Opposition Bloc ‘Still Discussing’ Election Role
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) said on Tuesday that it is continuing to consider ways of its participation in the upcoming presidential election despite its leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s withdrawal from the race.
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12/19/2012

Mher Sedrakyan: Begone or I shall break your jaw
While Serzh Sargsyan urges forgetting the climate of impunity, Mher Sedrakyan, a lawmaker of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), threatens to tear off a journalist's jaw.
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12/18/2012

Opposition Set To Lose Control Of Parliament Panel
The opposition minority in Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday looked set to lose control of one of its 13 standing committees tasked with enforcing a code of conduct for lawmakers.
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12/17/2012

Sarkisian Confident Of Reelection
President Serzh Sarkisian said Armenia has changed “beyond recognition” during his nearly five-year tenure and expressed confidence about his reelection as he was formally nominated for a second term by the ruling Republican Party (HHK) over the weekend.
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12/3/2012

Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary By-Elections Amid Fraud Claims
Two government-backed candidates of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) swept to landslide victories in parliamentary by-elections on Sunday which their opposition challengers condemned as fraudulent.
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11/19/2012

Armenian Opposition Forces Hold More Pre-Election Talks
Armenia’s leading opposition groups continued to negotiate on Monday on the possibility of joining forces ahead of next February’s presidential election.
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11/2/2012

Opposition Leader Announces 2013 Presidential Bid
Raffi Hovannisian, the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party chairman, on Friday officially confirmed his participation in Armenia’s forthcoming presidential election and urged other opposition leaders to rally around his candidacy.
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10/19/2012

Regression of democracy in Armenia
The state of democracy in Armenia is even worse than before May 2011 when under the pressure of rallies organized by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), Serzh Sargsyan granted pardon to the last political prisoners jailed after the March 1, 2008 post-election bloodshed.
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9/14/2012

BHK MP attends protest organised by HAK
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) is continuing its Friday protests outside the General Prosecutor's Office in support of its imprisoned young activists.
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9/5/2012

“Ruben Hayrapetyan will put down his mandate”
The show staged by MP Ruben Hayrapetyan over his intended resignation is still continuing, says Davit Sanasaryan, a member of a Facebook initiative group demanding punishment for all accomplices in the Harsnakar case.
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8/16/2012

Candidate’s Son Arrested Ahead Of Local Election
The son of a candidate challenging the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) in a small town near Yerevan was arrested and risked on Thursday criminal charges which his father linked with the upcoming mayoral election there.
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7/10/2012

Court to try HAK activists tomorrow too
On July 11 at 12:00 the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash districts will hold the trial of Armenian National Congress (HAK) activists Sargis Gevorgyan, David Kiramijyan, Tigran Arakelyan and Artak Karapetyan.
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6/18/2012

My Question to President Sargsyan: "What will you change when the bodyguards of your political ally can beat-up an officer serving in my army?
Newly re-elected MP Ruben Hayrapetyan is a very close acquaintance of President Serzh Sargsyan. Hayrapetyan’s bodyguards recently beat-up an Armenian army officer. The man is hospitalized in grave condition.
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4/30/2012

Armenian MPs appeal to Constitutional Court
YEREVAN. – Thirty MPs of the joint headquarter, including Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) and ARF Dashnaktsutyun, signed the appeal to the Armenia’s Constitutional Court, head of the Union of Political Scientists Hmayak Hovhannisyan told the Armenian News-NEWS.am.
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11/25/2011

A1+ to webcast ANC rally
The opposition alliance Armenian National Congress (ANC) is holding a rally in Yerevan's Liaberty Square at 6:00 p.m. November 25. The rally will be followed by a march along the capital streets.
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11/8/2011

U.S. Ambassador Meets With Armenian Opposition Leader
YEREVAN -- The new U.S. ambassador in Armenia has discussed the internal political situation and Armenian relations with neighbors Azerbaijan and Turkey during his first meeting with opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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10/5/2011

Serzh, Open The Toilets
Armenia's opposition leader has called on the president to reopen public toilets in central Yerevan, which were closed in what the opposition says is an apparent bid to hinder its protests.
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9/29/2011

Armenian opposition discussed demands on snap elections with UK Ambassador
Levon Zurabyan met on Thursday with UK Ambassador to Armenia Charles Lonsdale and the representative of UK Foreign Office Alan Farfeit.
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8/24/2011

Ter-Petrosian Bloc Again Criticized By Opposition Rival
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) has ceased to represent a credible alternative to Armenia’s current leadership, a leader of another major opposition force claimed on Wednesday.
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8/17/2011

Fifth round of talks between coalition and opposition
The government and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) have continued negotiations despite threats to halt the current dialogue over the arrest of several HAK activists, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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8/15/2011

Lawyers Protest ‘Illegal’ Police Actions
The leadership of Armenia’s national bar association has accused police in Yerevan of illegally detaining and manhandling two of its members defending opposition activists arrested last week.
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8/9/2011

Armenian opposition submits 85- page paper to prove snap elections necessary
Armenian National Congress (ANC) opposition bloc submitted 85-page document, substantiating the necessity of snap presidential and parliamentary elections, to Armenian authorities’ consideration.
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8/2/2011

Armenian opposition will hold next rally on September 9
Oppositional Armenian National Congress (ANC) will hold the next rally on September 9, in case no urgent event happens, Armenian First President, ANC leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan announced at the end of the rally in the Liberty Square on Tuesday.
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7/28/2011

Armenian opposition expects many participants in upcoming rally
August 2 rally of oppositional Armenian National Congress (ANC) will gather many people regardless of weather conditions and the holiday season, said ANC member Felix Khachatryan to a press conference on Thursday.
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7/5/2011

Armenian Ruling Party Again Spurns ‘Opposition Ultimatum’
A senior member of Armenia’s ruling party has downplayed the latest opposition threat to resume its push for an immediate power change unless the government agreed to formal negotiations around holding early elections.
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6/30/2011

Opposition Figure Blasts Unrest Probe
A well-known opposition figure representing the Armenian National Congress (HAK) claimed on Thursday that Armenia’s political leadership is not serious about properly investigating the 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan.
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6/10/2011

HAK next rally June 30
The next rally of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is scheduled for June 30 in Yerevan's Liberty Square
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5/27/2011

Armenian Opposition Leaders Freed
The two most prominent members of the Armenian opposition remaining in prison were set free on Friday in accordance with a general amnesty declared by the Armenian authorities.
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5/16/2011

Witnesses Questioned In Renewed Unrest Probe
An Armenian law-enforcement body said on Monday that it has started questioning witnesses as part of its renewed investigation into 2008 post-election clashes in Yerevan which was ordered by President Serzh Sarkisian late last month.
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5/4/2011

Armenian Opposition ‘Committed’ To Fresh Polls
Armenia’s government and largest opposition grouping are already engaged in an “open dialogue,” opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian said on Thursday after being allowed to meet the most prominent of his loyalists remaining in prison.
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4/20/2011

Sarkisian Orders ‘More Meticulous’ Probe Of 2008 Unrest
In what could be an attempt to placate opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian, President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday ordered Armenian law-enforcement authorities to investigate the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan with greater vigor.
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4/13/2011

Ter-Petrosian ‘Readying For War’ Against Government
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) will declare “war” against President Serzh Sarkisian if he fails to free its supporters remaining prison and meet other demands by April 28, a top representative of the opposition alliance said on Wednesday.
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4/8/2011

“Revolution is inevitable”
Power change is possible in Armenia only through revolution, Armenia's former prime Minister and HAK activist Hrant Bagratyan said during the HAK rally on April 8.
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4/8/2011

Ter-Petrosian Sets New Deadline For Armenian Leadership
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian gave Armenia’s leadership late on Friday three more weeks to free his loyalists remaining in prison and start a dialogue with his Armenian National Congress (HAK) or face an opposition push for power.
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3/11/2011

Drastic Measure: Heritage Party leader goes on hunger strike “for freedom"
Heritage founding leader Raffi Hovannisian on Tuesday announced an indeterminate hunger strike as he spoke at an open forum organized by his opposition party laying down his vision of internal and external challenges facing Armenia.
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3/1/2011

Travel To Yerevan Restricted Ahead Of Opposition Rally
Public transport between Yerevan and nearby regions ground to a halt on Tuesday in what appeared to be a government effort to lower attendance at a major rally to be held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK).
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2/24/2011

New Armenian Ombudsman Nominated
The ruling Republican Party (HHK) has nominated a 33-year-old lawyer and former television host for the vacant post of Armenia’s human rights ombudsman, it was announced on Thursday.
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2/23/2011

Oppositionist’s Brother Arrested For ‘Corruption’
The brother of an outspoken Armenian opposition parliamentarian was arrested Wednesday on charges of bribery which he and the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party say are politically motivated.
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2/18/2011

Appeals Court Upholds Longer Jail Term For Pashinian
Armenia’s Court of Appeals on Friday rejected opposition leader and newspaper editor Nikol Pashinian’s demand to quash a highly controversial extension of his imprisonment decided by prison authorities.
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2/18/2011

Next opposition rally on March 1
"The day of social upheaval is obscure and unknown as the Doomsday. "Mubarakization" of Serzh Sargsyan is only a matter of time. Serzh Sargsyan will inevitably share Hosni Mubarak`s fate," leader of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) Levon Ter-Petrosyan said as he addressed a rally organized by the opposition Armenian National Congress on Friday.
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1/21/2011

“Day of power change is nearing”
Relatives and friends of the nine political prisoners remaining in Armenian prisons after the tragic events of March 1, 2008, gathered outside the Prosecutor General's Office already for the 137th time.
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1/7/2011

Thousands Rally For Armenian TV Station Facing Closure
Tigran Karapetian, an Armenian politician, businessman and television commentator, rallied thousands of supporters in Yerevan on Friday to protest against state regulators’ decision to take his ALM channel off the air.
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12/9/2010

Armenian Justice Minister Sacked Over ‘Violent’ Subordinate
Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian was unexpectedly sacked on Thursday for what the Armenian government described as a failure to punish one of his high-ranking subordinates allegedly involved in violent conduct.
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12/9/2010

Another Armenian Oppositionist Released From Jail
Another member of the Armenian opposition jailed on charges stemming from the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan was granted parole and released on Monday after spending about a third of his seven-year prison term.
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12/6/2010

Armenia: Diaspora Conference Examines Issues of Corruption and Income Inequality in Yerevan
Armenian Diaspora groups are feeling a need to broaden and deepen their commitment to helping Armenia’s political and economic development. Participants at a Diaspora conference, held in Los Angeles on December 4, focused not only on such hot-button issues as Genocide recognition, they discussed ways to help Armenia battle corruption, promote tax reform and encourage the development of civil rights.
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11/11/2010

HAK to hold picket tomorrow
"For the second time, the HAK is officially sounding the alarm that the threatening actions and provocations are being organized against political prisoner, editor-in-chief of "Haykakan Zhamanak" daily Nikol Pashinyan at the "Kosh" penitentiary.
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11/11/2010

Nikol underwent medical examination
A forensic medical expert examination was scheduled after the statement on the attack against political prisoner Nikol Pashinyan at the "Kosh" penitentiary of the RA Ministry of Justice, as reported by press speaker of the Head of the Penitentiary Department Arsen Babayan.
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11/10/2010

“Release prisoners if you cannot keep them”
"Twenty convicts are placed in a cell intended for eight people. They don't even have beds to sleep in," human rights advocate Edmon Marukyan said during the EU-Armenia Civil Society Seminar on November 10.
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11/9/2010

March began- Youth Activists Beaten and Released
The four HAK youth activists were released a short while ago and were greeted with warm rounds of applause.
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10/27/2010

October 27 is not fully disclosed
Yerablur (a military cemetery located on a hilltop in the outskirts of Yerevan) has been overcrowded since early morning. Ordinary citizens and representatives of political parties were on the site to lay flowers and wreaths at the monuments to the victims of ‘October 27' terrorist attack.
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10/20/2010

Ter-Petrosian Invites Europe’s Attention to Democracy Issues in Armenia
Armenian opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian has leveled fresh criticism at a European body overseeing the state of democracy in Armenia accusing it of “inconsistent efforts” to see the fulfillment of its resolutions through in the South Caucasus state.
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9/10/2010

Municipality decision did not surprise opposition
The Yerevan Municipality has refused to sanction a rally of the Armenian National Congress to be held at Liberty Square on September 24. The city hall suggested holding the rally near the Matenadaran as preparatory works for the celebration of Erebuni-Yerevan are underway at the square.
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9/3/2010

HAK vows to “reconquer” Liberty Square
On September 17, the Armenian National Congress (HAK) will not seek conflict with the Armenian authorities and will not rally people at Liberty Square.
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9/2/2010

HAK decided
The HAK (Armenian National Congress) today decided where to hold its September 17 rally during a session convened at the central office. The decision will be released tomorrow.
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7/15/2010

Jailed Opposition Leader Remains Defiant
Nikol Pashinian, an outspoken opposition leader and newspaper editor, remained in defiant mood and categorically ruled out asking the Armenian authorities for pardon on Thursday.
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7/14/2010

Rejected: Court of Appeal dismisses action by 03/08 victims’ families
Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed the actions of the legal successors of Tigran Khachatryan, Armen Farmanyan and Gor Kloyan, killed in the March 1, 2008 post-election clashes after being hit by tear gas capsules presumably fired by riot police. The victims’ parents appealed the verdict by the Kentron and Nork-Marash Court of General Jurisdiction, which a month ago dismissed the victims’ actions, according to which they accused the Special Investigation Service of inappropriate investigation of the murder circumstances.
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7/7/2010

Armenian Ombudsman Concerned About Media Freedom
Armen Harutiunian, the state human rights ombudsman, described as “worrisome” the situation with media freedom in Armenia, in a special report released on Wednesday. The report deplores physical attacks on local journalists, “restrictions” on news reporting and strong government influence on Armenian broadcast media.
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7/5/2010

Clinton urges Armenia to revise new media law
Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she had raised U.S. concerns about an Armenian law that could limit pluralism on radio and television and was told that the government might change it in the autumn.
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7/5/2010

“President Obama backs Armenia”
During the meeting, she expressed concern over the freedom of press in Armenia, in particular over the recent amendments and addenda to the RA Law on Television and Radio which have aroused great public protest in Armenia.
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7/2/2010

Armenian Oppositionist Freed Before Trial
A young Armenian opposition activist was unexpectedly set free on Friday after spending a month in pre-trial detention on controversial charges which he and his backers consider politically motivated.
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6/25/2010

PACE Officials Question Armenian Reform Plan
Senior representatives of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) have expressed misgivings about a plan of political reforms which the Armenian authorities say would address the lingering political fallout from the 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan.
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6/21/2010

Police Drop Case Against Pro-Opposition Businessman
Police in Yerevan have formally closed a highly controversial criminal case against a brother of Khachatur Sukiasian, a prominent opposition businessman and politician, it emerged on Monday.
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6/18/2010

Opposition Party Leaders Resign
The two top leaders of a key opposition party aligned in the Armenian National Congress (HAK) have stepped down amid conflicting reports about their disagreements with the opposition bloc led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian.
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6/18/2010

U.N. Official Deplores Rights Abuses In Armenia
A senior United Nations official accused the Armenian authorities of restricting civil liberties and dissenting viewpoints on the airwaves as she ended a fact-finding visit to Yerevan on Friday.
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6/17/2010

Opposition To Press Ahead With Yerevan Sit-In
Representatives of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) said on Thursday that they will proceed with plans to stage a sit-in at Yerevan's Liberty Square to demand the liberation of opposition figures remaining in prison.
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6/17/2010

Arrested Policeman ‘Scapegoated For Custody Death’
An Armenian police officer prosecuted for allegedly ill-treating a man who died in police custody in April has pleaded not guilty to the accusation and feels that he was made a scapegoat by investigators, his lawyer said on Thursday.
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6/16/2010

Armenia Fined By European Court For ‘Inhuman Treatment’
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Armenia’s authorities 16,000 euros ($20,000) for what it regards as “inhuman” treatment of an Armenian businessman who died in prison last year.
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6/16/2010

UN Human Rights Special spokesperson Margaret Sekagyan Wednesday held a meeting with Armenia's first president Levon Ter-Petrossian
UN Human Rights Special spokesperson Margaret Sekagyan Wednesday held a meeting with Armenia's first president Levon Ter-Petrossian
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6/14/2010

Opposition Activists Questioned By Police
Police in Yerevan questioned on Monday three members of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) over their involvement in scuffles with police forces blocking opposition access to a recently renovated square.
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6/11/2010

Independent TV Says Still Upbeat On Renewed Broadcasts
The owner of Armenia’s leading independent television station taken off the air in 2002 said on Friday that he still expects to win a new broadcasting license this year despite the passage of a government-drafted lawl criticized by media groups.
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6/8/2010

Court Rejects Lawsuits Against Yerevan Unrest Investigators
A Yerevan court on Tuesday rejected the last of lawsuits against law-enforcement authorities filed two months ago by relatives of Armenians who died in the March 2008 post-election violence in the capital.
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6/7/2010

HAK activists hold march in defence of Kiramijyan
Young activists of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) today held a protest march to the Prosecutor's Office in defence of Davit Kiramijyan, a young HAK activist taken to the police station from Liberty Square.
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6/7/2010

Regime Change ‘Top Priority’ For Dashnaks
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) on Monday declared leadership change in Armenia a top priority but again stopped short of demanding President Serzh Sarkisian’s immediate resignation.
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6/4/2010

SDHK: “Vacate Liberty Square”
Social Democrat Hunchakian Party (SDHK) has issued a statement accusing Armenian authorities of permissiveness and denouncing police actions.
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6/3/2010

STATEMENT BY CSI
Civil Society Institute NGO (CSI), which is a member organization of International Federation of Human rights (FIDH) in Armenia, is concerned about the recent actions of the police which were accompanied with human rights violations.
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6/3/2010

Demand stopping the limitations
Civil Society Institute NGO (CSI), which is a member organization of International Federation of Human rights (FIDH) in Armenia, is concerned about the recent actions of the police which were accompanied with human rights violations.
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6/3/2010

David Kiramijyan arrested
On June 3, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork Marash districts upheld the mediation of the Special Investigation Service for taking opposition activist David Kiramijyan under two months' arrest.
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6/3/2010

Appeal Case Against Kocharyan Has Been Sent to The Hague
We found out yesterday that on the preceding day, the Armenian National Congress had sent the case against Robert Kocharyan to the International Criminal Court of The Hague.
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6/2/2010

OSCE Concerned About Armenian TV Bill
A senior official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation has expressed concern about a controversial bill which Armenian press freedom groups say would enable the government to tighten its grip on broadcast media.
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6/2/2010

STATEMENT BY CPJ
New York, June 2, 2010?The Committee to Protect Journalists is very concerned that Armenian authorities are detaining Ani Gevorgian, a journalist for the pro-opposition daily Haykakan Zhanamak, after she was arrested on assignment on Monday.
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6/2/2010

Prosecutors Take Over Arrested Journalist’s Case
A law-enforcement agency subordinated to state prosecutors on Wednesday took over the criminal case against a young journalist arrested on what she and Armenia’s leading media associations consider political grounds.
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6/2/2010

Opposition Activists, Journalist Face Jail After Rally Attempt
Two young opposition activists and a journalist were formally placed under arrest and faced the possibility of up to five years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting riot police in Yerevan.
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6/1/2010

17 political prisoners now
"There are three more political prisoners in addition to the 17," announced today Armenian National Congress coordinator Levon Zurabyan, assuring that he would do everything possible to support the journalist and opposition activists who were arrested on Monday.
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6/1/2010

Once bit, twice shy
What has been happening these past few days in Liberty Square and the surrounding area is nothing other than the manifestation of the ruling authorities’ panic.
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6/1/2010

Historic Square Off-Limits To Armenian Opposition
At least 15 people were detained in Yerevan on Monday as the Armenian police continued to block opposition access to a newly renovated square that has traditionally been the country’s main venue for political gatherings.
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6/1/2010

Three Held After Armenian Opposition Supporters, Police Scuffle
Three people have been put under arrest after scuffles between Armenian police and opposition supporters trying to enter a Yerevan square that has traditionally been the country's main venue for political gatherings.
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5/19/2010

Samvel Nikoyan does not take the report seriously
In their report Andranik Kocahryan and Seda Safaryan, members of the RA disbanded fact-finding group investigating the events of March 1, 2008, say the authorities involved armed forces in the post-election unrest which is a rough breach of the country's Constitution. The group's members say they sent you facts but you failed to pay attention to them, moreover, you "deliberately ignored the facts." What is your opinion on this?
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4/23/2010

Ex-Military Officials Admit To Scandalous Leak
Two former Defense Ministry officials admitted on Friday disclosing a secret government order that paved the way for the Armenian military’s involvement in the suppression of the 2008 opposition protests in Yerevan.
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3/10/2010

ANNUAL REPORT OF HELSINKI ASSOCIATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA FOR THE YEAR OF 2009
This report is prepared by Helsinki Association in frames of the project “The Situation of Human Rights in Armenia” with the financial assistance of US Embassy in Armenia and Fond for National Endowment for Democracy.
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3/9/2010

Yerevan Urged To Act On OSCE Criticism
The Armenian authorities should draw “serious conclusions” from an OSCE report criticizing the trials of dozens of opposition members arrested after the 2008 presidential election, a senior pro-government lawmaker said on Tuesday.
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3/1/2010

Two years have passed since March 1 deadly clashes
Two years ago the first dawn of spring was marked with greave news.
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3/1/2010

Right to move restricted
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) is holding a rally in Yerevan at 5:00 March 1. Although the City Hall has sanctioned the rally, residents of marzes are denied entry to the capital.
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3/1/2010

SIS: “Page of March 1 is not closed”
"The page of March 1 cannot be considered closed," Vahagn Harutyunyan, a senior Special Investigation Service (SIS) official heading the probe into the events of March 1, 2010, told A1+.
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3/1/2010

AAE calls for tolerance and solidarity
The Assembly of Armenians of Europe (AAE) has issued a statement in connection with the 2nd anniversary of the tragic events of March 1, 2008.
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10/9/2008

Police Avoid Action Against MP Blamed For Deadly Beating
The Armenian police indicated on Thursday that they will not prosecute a controversial pro-government parliamentarian widely linked with an attack on a Yerevan café that left one person dead.
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10/2/2008

U.S. Experts To Help Launch Fresh Probe Of Armenian Unrest
Three American experts who participated in an independent inquiry into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States will arrive in Yerevan this week to help launch a similar probe of the post-election violence in Armenia, it was announced on Thursday.
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11/10/2014
Pre-parliament holds automobile march
On November 9, the Pre-parliament Initiative held the second automobile march in Armenia to inform people of their plans to unseat the authorities on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015.
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11/7/2014
Opposition Leader Still Vague On Movement Plans
The latest public remarks by Gagik Tsarukian, the millionaire leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), brought little clarity into the ultimate strategies of his anti-government campaign that appeared to have been shifted into a lower gear in recent days.
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10/30/2014
Third Questioning of the Journalist and the Parliament Security Chief at the SIS - Lilia Chakarian
Today, Marine Khachatryan, was called for another questioning at the SIS (Special Investigation Service) for the third time, after filing a criminal case under Article 1 of the Criminal Code, which corresponds to the hindrance to the legal and professional activities of a journalist.
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10/27/2014
Fifteen years of UNCERTAINTY - Lilia Chakarian
Today marks the 15 year anniversary of the killing at the Armenian Parliament. On October 27, 1999, during Armenian Parliamentary session, 5 gunmen broke through the parliament building and showered the parliament room with thousands of bullets that killed Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan and parliament speaker Karen Demirchyan, including several other politicians.
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10/24/2014
Andranik Tevanyan: Serzh Sargsyan will be sent to an unearned vacation
Only Azerbaijan benefits from Serzh Sargsyan’s policy, political analyst Andranik Tevanyan said addressing the participants of an opposition rally in Liberty Square on Friday.
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10/22/2014
Vardan Bostanjyan: You cannot rape people in this way
People in Armenia are not happy with the current situation, a former lawmaker of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) said on Wednesday.
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10/14/2014
Leaders of three non-government parties to meet in coming days
Leaders of three non-government parties to meet in coming days -Prosperous Armenia, Armenian National Congress and Heritage
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10/10/2014
Students unable to arrive in Yerevan from regions
Liberty Square is already overcrowded. Among the people who have come to participate in the opposition rally to start at 6.00 one can see a lot of elderly people.
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10/7/2014
Seventeen Citizens Still Remain Imprisoned for their Political Views - Lilia Chakarian
Fifteen citizens, in case called “Shant Harutyunyan and his friends” remain imprisoned for their political views. Human rights activists added yet another name to the list of political prisoners, Hayk Kuregyan, who shot a policeman from a TOY gun during November 5, 2014 protest.
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9/18/2014
Pro-Opposition Tycoon Downbeat On Economy
A prominent Armenian businessman sympathetic to the opposition on Thursday offered a grim assessment of the economic situation in Armenia and said that it will not improve without a “change of the political system.”
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9/16/2014
Rally to be held on OCTOBER 10, 2014 - Lilia Chakarian
BHK, HAK, and Heritage Parties will most probably hold a rally which will most probably start the beginning of anti-government protests held on streets of Yerevan. This rally is solely to forcefully push the unlawful president Serzhik to finally step down and leave.
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9/9/2014
“Barev, Rob”: violence against the journalist of A1+
The poster with the note “Barev Rob” appeared on the gates of the NA building for 5 minutes. “Counterattack” group was reminding with its action how 13 years ago in Aragast café for saying “Privet, Rob”, Georgian citizen Poghos Poghosyan was beaten and killed by Robert Kocharyan’s bodyguards.
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7/28/2014
Diaspora Tycoon Slams Armenian ‘Monopolies’
A prominent Armenian-American businessman sounded alarm bells on Monday over what he sees as a lack of competition in Armenia, saying that it could spell serious trouble for the country’s economy.
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7/18/2014
Who benefited from the March 1 clashes: authorities or opposition?
Chairman of the Armenian Constitutional Court spoke about the tragic events of March 2008 for the first time yesterday in Gyumri city, where he was invited to deliver a lecture.
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7/8/2014
Armenian Watergate? - Lilia Chakarian
Raffi Hovannisian released a statement accusing Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) threatening their new members.
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6/30/2014
Sarkisian Must Go, Says Hovannisian
President Serzh Sarkisian has no mandate to make Armenia part of a Russian-led alliance of ex-Soviet states and must step down as soon as possible, opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian said over the weekend.
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6/25/2014
Levon Ter-Petrosyan spoke about fake elections
On June 25, RA First President Levon Ter-Petrosyan met Italian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Armenia Giovanni Richuly, with the latter’s initiative.
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5/19/2014
Opposition Parties ‘Agree’ On Next Steps
The four main parliamentary parties challenging President Serzh Sarkisian reportedly agreed over the weekend to continue their joint political activities after the formation of a new Armenian government.
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4/16/2014
Sarkisian Ally To Quit Armenian Government
The Orinats Yerkir Party of Artur Baghdasarian, a key political ally of President Serzh Sarkisian, announced on Wednesday its decision to pull out of Armenia’s government, adding a new twist to political uncertainty in the country.
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4/3/2014
Armenian PM Resigns
After six years in office, Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian unexpectedly stepped down on Thursday for reasons that were not immediately clear. The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) said that Sarkisian announced his resignation at a meeting of its governing body chaired by President Serzh Sarkisian.
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3/21/2014
Raffi Hovannisian: We are not going to become dumb-ass martyrs
Heritage Party Leader Raffi Hovannisian plans to begin a series of rallies, but this time he will not start a hunger-strike.
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3/1/2014
Six Years, No Answers - Lilia Chakarian
Today marks the 6 year anniversary of the cruel massacre towards its own people and yet the Armenian government fails to disclose the details and perpetrators of the tragic and deadly clash between peaceful demonstrators and the corrupt authorities.
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2/28/2014
US Department of State refers to Feb 18 presidential election in Armenia in its report
The US Department of State has issued its annual human rights report which says that Armenia held a presidential election on February 18, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) described the election as administered in an overall professional, open, and transparent manner with respect for fundamental freedoms, but marked by shortcomings including an uneven playing field, some serious election day violations, and concerns about the integrity of the electoral process.
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2/26/2014
When do authorities open fire on their citizens?
When do authorities open fire on their citizens? When their interests do not coincide with those of the population
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2/10/2014
Opposition Activists Detained Over Anti-Sarkisian Graffiti
Nine activists of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) were detained by police in downtown Yerevan early on Monday while trying to draw graffiti that branded President Serzh Sarkisian a “national traitor.”
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6/28/2013
“Judicial system was raped again”
Armenia’s ex-Ombudsman Larisa Alaverdyan, another member of the group, says one of the gravest crimes was committed in June, 2012.
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6/19/2013
Armenian Police Practice ‘Bloodless’ Crowd Control
The Armenian police ended on Wednesday weeklong exercises during which they tested new crowd control techniques and equipment aimed at avoiding casualties among anti-government protesters in the future.
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4/15/2013
Ruling Party Confident Over Yerevan Elections
Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian on Monday expressed confidence that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) will retain control of the municipal administration in next month’s elections.
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2/22/2013
Hovannisian Rallies Thousands Against ‘Stolen Election’
Armenia - Supporters of opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian rally in Yerevan's Liberty Square, 20Feb2013. ​​During the rally, Hovannisian signaled his intention to launch a campaign of street protests, urging supporters to brace themselves for a “prolonged struggle.” He revealed that the sprawling square, which was the scene of massive post-election protests after the previous presidential election, has been “booked” for a rally planned Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) for Thursday afternoon.
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2/22/2013
Protesters clash with police outside OSCE Office in Yerevan
An incident reportedly occurred between police officers and ordinary citizens who had grouped outside the OSCE Office in Yerevan to express their discontent with the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission.
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2/22/2013
Raffi Hovannisian meets US Ambassador and OSCE/ODIHR observation mission head
Raffi Hovannisian has taken part in separate meetings with US Ambassador John Heffern and later with Head of OSCE/ODIHR Observation Mission to Armenia, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini.
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2/22/2013
Raffi Hovannisian has nothing to tell Armenian authorities
Opposition candidate Raffi Hovannisian said he had nothing to tell Armenian authorities after his yesterday’s meeting with Serzh Sargsyan.
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2/22/2013
Pashinyan shows ways to overthrow authorities
The two political poles that formed after the February 18 presidential election in Armenia are led by Serzh Sargsyan, who forcibly seized power, and by people headed by Raffi Hovannisian, Nikol Pashinyan, a lawmaker of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) announced at Liberty Square.
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2/21/2013
Serzh Sargsyan and Raffi Hovannisian discussed elections – president’s office
Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan received on Thursday leader of Heritage Party, presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian.
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2/21/2013
There is a chance and it will be wrong to lose it
Hrant Bagratyan's Facebook appeal Once again we did not have free and fair elections. And again "azatutyun" square is crowded. 1996's, 2003's, 2008's experience shows that, the nation rebels when does not gain results with the constitutional way (elections). People want to stand up for their votes.
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2/21/2013
Ruling Party Cancels Yerevan Rally
HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov cited the opposition leader’s “adventurist and unconstitutional calls” as he commented on the party’s decision not to go ahead with the gathering.
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2/20/2013
Armenian Presidential Elections - Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
The United States congratulates the people of Armenia on their February 18 presidential elections, which were judged by international observers to be generally well-administered and characterized by a respect for fundamental freedoms, including those of assembly and expression. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) found that the media fulfilled its legal obligation to provide balanced coverage, and that all contestants made use of their free air time.
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2/20/2013
Armenian president’s spokesperson reacts to Hovannisian’s proposal to meet with Sargsyan
YEREVAN. – Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s press secretary Armen Arzumanyan reacted to the declaration by presidential contender, opposition Heritage Party Chairman and former FM, Raffi Hovannisian, who had proposed to Sargsyan to meet with him.
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2/19/2013
OSCE PA observers call Armenian election improved, but lacking competition
Nonetheless, the mission noted, particularly at local levels, an unclear distinction between the campaign activities of the incumbent and state structures. These included misuse of administrative resources and pressure on public employees to participate in the election and campaign events. The voting process was well organized in most of the polling stations visited, however the observers noted that the inking of passports did not provide the intended safeguard against multiple voting, as the ink could easily be wiped off.
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2/18/2013
Ballot stuffing reporting at precinct 32/5
The headquarters of presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian has recorded numerous violations after the official start of the presidential vote.
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2/18/2013
Ink again vanishes from passports
Though the Central Election Commission (CEC) publicly tested last week the new ink for special passport stamps that are supposed to prevent multiple fraudulent voting in the February 18 Armenian presidential election, the ink turns out to be easy to remove with a damp napkin immediately after voting.
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2/18/2013
Crack found in ballot box at Precinct 1/6
An observer from the Civil Society Institute NGO reported about violations in Yerevan Avan district. At Precinct 1/6, the observer found a crack in a ballot box from which it could be possible to insert a ballot. The chairman of the election commission explained that all the members had checked the boxes and similar boxes might be found at other precincts as well.
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2/15/2013
Dashnaks Urge Vote Against Sarkisian
The opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) on Friday urged supporters not to vote for President Serzh Sarkisian in Monday’s presidential election. “As an opposition political force, we are calling on you to take part in the election, not to vote for the government’s candidate and to vote in good faith or to make your ballots invalid,” the party’s governing body in Armenia said in a statement.
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2/14/2013
Sarkisian Admits ‘Mistakes’
President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday spoke of many mistakes committed by him but said Armenians should nevertheless vote for his reelection if they want justice and prosperity in their country.
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2/12/2013
New Anti-Fraud Ink Tested In Armenia
The Central Election Commission (CEC) on Tuesday publicly tested new ink for special passport stamps that are supposed to prevent multiple fraudulent voting in next week’s Armenian presidential election.
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2/8/2013
Plutocratic Government Continues Its Regime with Their Power of Wealth - Call to the Citizens of Armenia - Lilia Chakarian
Approaching the end of the current plutocratic system, in which arms we have suffered for the past 5 years...Say NO bribes, say NO to election violations, say NO to this totalitarian regime, say NO to Serzhik
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2/8/2013
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The official election campaign started on 21 January and has been low-key and of limited visibility. The campaign of incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan is the most visible, while the state authorities have declared their intention to conduct elections in line with OSCE commitments, the distinction between campaign activities and state functions appears to be blurred
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2/7/2013
Before starting hunger strike, Armenia’s presidential candidate to visit fellow contender already on hunger strike
Armenia’s presidential hopeful, National Accord party Chairman Aram Harutyunyan issued a statement and noted that he will go on a hunger strike, on Thursday at 5pm, in front of the Central Electoral Commission building. He will stay there until 5pm Friday and, subsequently, he will withdraw his formal nomination for the presidential election to be held on February 18. Harutyunyan himself informed this during a press conference on Thursday.
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2/5/2013
Serzh Sargsyan avoids debating with me – Presidential candidate Hrant Bagratyan
Serzh Sargsyan is avoiding electoral debates, Armenian presidential candidate, former PM Hrant Bagratyan told voters in Armavir, the administrative center of Armavir region.
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2/1/2013
US is concerned by assassination attempt against Armenian presidential candidate
YEREVAN. – The Unites States is concerned by the assassination attempt that was staged against Armenia’s presidential candidate, opposition National Self-Determination Union Chairman Paruyr Hayrikyan, US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland stated during a press briefing on Friday.
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1/25/2013
Rights Group Concerned About Armenian Jail Sentences
Human Rights Watch has expressed serious concern over controversial prison sentences given to four Armenian opposition activists who clashed with police in downtown Yerevan in 2011.
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1/22/2013
Candidate Quits Presidential Race
An Armenian presidential candidate announced his withdrawal from the race and another one threatened to follow suit on Tuesday, expressing serious concern over the freedom and fairness of the February 18 election.
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1/18/2013
Presidential candidate to go on hunger strike
The Central Election Committee (CEC) today rejected the statement of presidential nominee Andrias Ghukasyan who demanded that the CEC revoke the registration of Serzh Sargsyan, the candidate of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).
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1/18/2013
Raffi Hovannisian invites Serzh Sargsyan to debate
Heritage Party Leader, presidential candidate Raff Hovannisian is going to begin his campaign meetings at 12, January 21, in the neighbourhood of Liberty Square in Yerevan. The central headquarters of the candidate is due to meet on Sunday to discuss election-related issues.
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1/7/2013
Torosyan already discovered 44 election violations
Chairman of the Center of Parliamentarism in Armenia, Ruben Torosyan, has reported the Prosecutor General's Office and Central Election Commission about 44 alleged violations, which as he said, might have a significant impact on the February 18 presidential election. The copies have been sent to the OSCE/ODIHR and other international organizations.
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12/27/2012
Ter-Petrosian Bloc Opts For Election Boycott
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) declared on Thursday that it will not field or endorse any presidential candidate after all, saying that changing Armenia’s government through elections has become impossible because of chronic vote rigging.
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12/24/2012
Ter-Petrosian Keeps Up Election Uncertainty
In what was his first public speech in six months delivered over the weekend, opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian declined to clarify whether he will run in Armenia’s upcoming presidential election. “Please wait for a couple of more days,” Ter-Petrosian told a congress of the HHSh, the largest of the parties of making up his Armenian National Congress (HAK) alliance.
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12/21/2012
Opposition Leader Gives Up Presidential Bid
Aram Sarkisian, an opposition leader until recently allied with former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, announced on Friday that he will not run in Armenia’s upcoming presidential election because of what he called popular apathy.
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12/10/2012
HAK holding march
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is holding a march on December 10 in connection with Human Rights Day. About 300 members of the opposition alliance are heading from Liberty Square to Republic Square at present.
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12/6/2012
Parliament Rejects Opposition Antitrust Bill
The Armenian parliament rejected on Thursday a motion to demand sweeping government measures which its opposition minority believes would break up business monopolies and boost competition in the country.
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12/5/2012
Armenia ranked 105th in Corruption Perceptions Index 2012
Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world. Armenia has been ranked 105th in the 2012 index with 34 scores.
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12/3/2012
HHK interested in disclosing March 1 tragic events
The National Assembly's Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs has decided to postpone the vote on creating an ad hoc committee to look into the March 2008 post-election clashes after the 2013 presidential election.
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11/22/2012
Opposition Bloc Seeks Court Ruling On Parliament Boycott
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) moved on Thursday to take the pro-government majority in Armenia’s parliament to court for thwarting a plenary session on an election-related bill drafted by the opposition bloc.
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11/12/2012
Armenian Minority Parties Launch ‘Political Consultations’
The two largest minority groups in Armenia may field a single candidate at next year’s presidential election, it emerged following what was described as their “political consultations” on Monday.
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10/26/2012
Armenia has turned into penal institution
Members and supporters of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), who have been staging protests outside the Prosecutor General's Office in Yerevan, believe that only after holding free and fair elections Armenia will not have political prisoners.
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10/22/2012
Journalists’ rights violated at least 16 times
The Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Speech has recorded 16 instances of violation connected with journalists' rights in July-September, 2012, President of the Committee, Ashot Melikyan said Monday when summing up his organization's 3rd quarter report regarding the state of freedom of speech in Armenia.
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10/5/2012
PACE or Serzh Sargsyan? Where is solution?
The Court of Appeals is due to examine on Oct. 11 the appeal of the four jailed activists of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK).
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9/13/2012
Who holds up investigation into March 2008 clashes?
Both the radical opposition and the authorities in Armenia are waiting for an independent investigation into the ten deaths of March 1, 2008 post-election clashes.
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9/4/2012
Why did Ter-Petrosyan take case to European Court?
First Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan took a case to the European Court of Human Rights based on violation of the right to free elections. According to Vahe Grigoryan, the first President's representative in the European Court of Human Rights, the matter concerns violation of the right to free elections during the presidential election in February 2008, as well as violation of other rights.
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8/9/2012
Lawyers Again Slam Police Probe Of Restaurant Death
Lawyers representing the family of a man who was beaten to death at a Yerevan restaurant in June condemned on Thursday the criminal investigation into the assault that has been mostly completed by the Armenian police.
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7/24/2012
Action in defense of HAK activists
A protest was held near the General Prosecutor's Office today in defense of young Armenian National Congress (HAK) activists Tigran Arakelyan, Artak Karapetyan, Sargis Gevorgyan and David Kiramijyan.
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7/18/2012
HAK wants to form new commission in NA
The accusations that attempts are made to consign the March 2008 deadly clashes to oblivion are absurd, says Gagik Jhangiryan, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK).
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7/2/2012
Armenian opposition demands response of Armenian President on brutal restaurant fight
YEREVAN. – Armenian opposition Heritage Party demands a condemnation and breakthrough steps regarding the cruel beating in Harsnakar Restaurant complex. “Today 35-year-old Vahe Avetyan was buried. His tragic death shocked the public and reminded about the atmosphere of impunity and victims of other atrocities.
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6/26/2012
ANC held the meeting at Liberty Square
Today Armenian National Congress (ANC) held the scheduled meeting at the Liberty Square. The meeting started with Armenian hymn.
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6/18/2012
Violently Beaten for Entering a Restaurant Wearing a Training Suit
e condition of military doctor Vahe Avetyan who is in the resuscitation department, Muratsan Military Hospital, remains grave, the hospital doctors said during a conversation with www.aravot.am. When we visited, the doctors were struggling for Vahe’s life.
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5/30/2012
US State Department’s report on human rights in Armenia
The most significant human rights problems in Armenia were limitations on citizens’ right to change their government, freedom of speech and press, and the independence of the judiciary, State Department said in its annual report.
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3/30/2012
Rally Dedicated to the Elections - Lilia Chakarian
The HHSH leader, Aram Manukyan’s speech claimed that they will do everything at the upcoming National Assembly elections to have it differ from the previous disgraceful elections. Levon Zurabyan announced that the “ARMY” is moving forward and from this second can move forward to the total attack, in which the people responded with enthusiasm: “Now, Now…”
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3/1/2012
Armenian opposition leader to form proportional list of opposition himself
YEREVAN. – Leader of Armenia’s opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC), Armenian First President Levon Ter-Petrosyan will form the final proportional lists of ANC himself, he announced during ANC’s meeting in downtown Yerevan on Thursday.
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3/1/2012
The Opposition on the Streets Again… - Lilia Chakarian
“Robert Kocharyan and Serge Sargsyan, you will not digest the blood that was shed by the people, you will drown in our shed blood,” declared Nikol Pashinyan during the rally.
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2/1/2012
Armenia’s Oligarchs and their Entourage
To Maim and Kill with Impunity: Armenia’s Oligarchs and their Entourage These crimes are not exceptions, and they have not escaped the attention of foreign diplomats. Armenia's high powered thugs run their government and opress their people. Killing and injuring the weak, the unprotected, the poor is what they do best. Stand up and condemn them, stand up and fight for them!
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1/5/2012
How the Armenian Government Released Nareg Hartounian
Thomas Jefferson once stated, “If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.”
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12/21/2011
Armenian Governor Embroiled In Another Scandal
A regional governor notorious for reportedly violent behavior has triggered yet another scandal after apparently bullying and insulting young environmental activists protesting against open-pit mining in Armenia’s southeastern Syunik province.
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12/19/2011
Armenian opposition blames authorities for spread of pedophilia, too
YEREVAN. – The opposition Armenian National Congress representative Felix Khachatryan is of the opinion that, as a result of the authorities’ wrong economic policy, the people have reached such point that they let their infant children be molested, just to make money. Khachatryan stated this during a press conference on Monday, referring to American-Armenian businessman Serop Der-Boghossian—the proprietor of Akhtala Mine Enrichment Plant—who was sentenced to prison for pedophilia.
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11/25/2011
Fight, Fight to the End… - Lilia Chakarian
Today, at the Freedom Square, thousands of people gathered again and kept repeating the same slogan: "Serge, leave ..." and "Fight, fight to the end."
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11/25/2011
ANC rally kicks off at Liberty Square
The rally of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has kicked off at Liberty Square.
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11/25/2011
ANC: Routes to Yerevan closed again
The opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) issued a statement on Friday saying that the police and national Security Service have blocked the roads to the capital ahead of another rally at Liberty Square.
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11/25/2011
Authorities are preparing for election fraud
Armenian authorities are not preparing for recurrent elections, they are preparing for election fraud, Yerevan's ex-mayor, economist Vahagn Khachatryan announced during the rally of Armenian National Congress (ANC) opposition alliance in Yerevan.
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11/24/2011
To publish declaration for Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation
The Armenian National Congress central office has not received any alarms from the provinces due to the tradition of closing roads for cars traveling from the provinces to the capital ahead of the rally.
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11/23/2011
"Administrative office is the best business in Armenia"
Russia-based businessman Armenian Levon Hayrapetyan wants to see a revolution in Armenia which, as he says, will not affect the security of the country.
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11/22/2011
Armenian Opposition Leader Demands Safeguards For Fair Elections
YEREVAN -- An Armenian opposition leader has challenged President Serzh Sarkisian to prove his commitment to hold democratic elections by enacting radical changes to the law and not allowing government resources to be used by his ruling Republican Party (HHK), RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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11/21/2011
Heritage Leader urges ensuring free and fair elections
Founding leader of Heritage opposition party Raffi Hovannisian addressed an official letter to Armenian President, leader of ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Serzh Sargsyan.
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10/27/2011
October 27 – Black Day - Lilia Chakarian
The power in Armenia was beheaded exactly 12 years ago by a terrorist, Nairi Hunanyan, who “transparently appeared” at the National Assembly room and killed 8 assemblymen. The victims included the Speaker of the National Assembly Karen Demirchyan and the Prime Minister of Armenia, Vazgen Sargsyan. The terrorists demanded certain requirements and were constantly calling the President at the time, Robert Kocharyan.
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10/1/2011
Armenian opposition’s leader spends entire night at Liberty Square
Together with hundreds of opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) supporters, its leader and Armenia’s First President Levon Ter-Petrosyan likewise spent the entire night at capital Yerevan’s Liberty Square.
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9/30/2011
Armenian opposition rally started but did not end
Levon Ter-Petrossian announced 7-day-long round-the-clock protest actions, reiterating demands to authorities set at previous rally.
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9/23/2011
Armenian opposition vows to ratchet up pressure on authorities in coming weeks
Levon Ter-Petrosyan declared the start of “a new phase of struggle” and said a civil disobedience campaign and more pressure were needed for the government to comply with their demands.
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9/15/2011
All Persecution is aimed at ANC - Lilia Chakarian
Persecution is still pointed at the ANC members and activists by the Hrazdan Police, which was given direct orders of persecution by the newly appointed head of the criminal police investigation department.
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8/31/2011
Ruling Party Figure Sees Modest Opposition Presence In Armenian Parliament
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) will likely have no more than 10 seats in Armenia’s next 131-member parliament, a deputy chairman of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) predicted on Wednesday.
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8/27/2011
Armenian opposition demands it has no reason to lie
Delegation of Armenian National Congress has no reason to lie, a member of ANC delegation negotiating with authorities Vahan Khachatryan to Armenian News-NEWS.am.
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8/26/2011
ARMENIAN OPPOSITION SUSPENDS DIALOGUE WITH GOVERNMENT
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) suspended its dialogue with the government on Friday in protest against the continuing imprisonment of one of its activists arrested earlier this month.
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8/19/2011
More Opposition Youths Freed
Two more members of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) arrested last week were released from prison on Friday pending investigation into their violent dispute with police officers in Yerevan.
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8/15/2011
Armenian Opposition Threatens to Quit Talks
The Armenian National Congress (ANC) has not ruled out the possibility that it will quit political dialogue with the ruling party due to the arrest of ANC activists last week.
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8/11/2011
Armenian Police Chief Defends Opposition Arrests
Lieutenant-General Alik Sargsian, the chief of the Armenian police, on Thursday vehemently defended the arrest of seven opposition activists, saying that they assaulted and verbally abused police officers maintaining public order in Yerevan.
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8/10/2011
Opposition Youths Arrested After Clashing With Police
Seven young activists of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) were arrested late on Tuesday and remained in custody on Wednesday after clashing with police in Yerevan in unclear circumstances.
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8/4/2011
Armenian Coalition, Opposition Hold More Talks
Representatives Armenia’s governing coalition and the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) agreed to intensify their meetings during a third round of negotiations held on Thursday.
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8/2/2011
Ter-Petrosian Reaffirms September Deadline For Government
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian reaffirmed late on Tuesday his September deadline for Armenia’s political leadership to call early elections or face a new wave of street protests by his Armenian National Congress (HAK).
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7/29/2011
Armenian National Security Service arrested journalist
Armenian National Security Service (NSS) apprehended Elina Khachaturova, journalist for Menk u Menk newspaper
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7/18/2011
Armenian Government, Opposition Launch Landmark Talks
Armenia’s governing coalition and the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) began on Monday first-ever official negotiations that are meant to defuse lingering political tensions in the country ahead of the next national elections.
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7/13/2011
'Dialogue' In Armenia: Politics Or Theater?
Since the ouster early this year of the authoritarian leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) headed by former President Levon Ter-Petrossian has convened repeated rallies in Yerevan in a bid to force the country's leadership to schedule preterm elections or risk the same fate.
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6/30/2011
Ter-Petrosian Issues New Ultimatum, Sees More Government Concessions
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian on Thursday gave President Serzh Sarkisian two months to make more concessions to his Armenian National Congress (HAK) or face “unconditional” resignation demands.
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6/28/2011
Opposition Bloc ‘Still Hopeful’ On Dialogue With Government
The Armenian National Congress (HAK) still hopes to engage in a meaningful dialogue with Armenia’s government, Stepan Demirchian, a leading member of the opposition alliance, said on Tuesday.
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6/21/2011
Ruling Party ‘Waiting’ For Next Opposition Move
The ruling Republican Party (HHK) challenged the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) on Tuesday to respond to the terms of a political dialogue with the government set by President Serzh Sarkisian.
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6/7/2011
Sarkisian Scoffs At Opposition Dialogue Proposals
President Serzh Sarkisian began a dialogue with the Armenian National Congress (HAK) “a long time ago” and will therefore not form a special negotiating team expected by the opposition grouping, his chief of staff said on Tuesday.
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6/1/2011
Opposition Bloc Names Negotiating Team For ‘Dialogue’
The main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) named late on Thursday five senior members that will represent it in anticipated negotiations with President Serzh Sarkisian’s administration.
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5/27/2011
No More ‘Political Prisoners’ In Armenia, Says Ter-Petrosian
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian told supporters that Armenians will not be imprisoned for their political activities anymore as he welcomed the release of his two prominent loyalists from prison over the weekend.
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5/13/2011
Armenia Criticized By Amnesty International
Amnesty International criticized the Armenian authorities’ human rights record on Friday, singling out what it sees as their failure to combat police brutality and domestic violence and to introduce “genuine” civilian service.
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5/9/2011
Council Of Europe Official Again Urges Release Of Armenian Oppositionists
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, on Monday again urged the Armenian authorities to free all opposition members remaining in prison and properly investigate the March 2008 unrest in Yerevan.
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5/5/2011
Armenian Watchdog Sees Little Action Against Corruption
The Armenian authorities are still doing little to tackle endemic government corruption, the Armenian branch of the anti-graft group Transparency International said on Thursday.
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4/19/2011
Opposition Activist Walks Free From Court
An Armenian opposition activist and former boxer controversially arrested last month walked free from court on Tuesday despite being convicted of assaulting police officers during an opposition rally in Yerevan.
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4/11/2011
U.S. Remains Critical Of Armenian Human Rights Record
The United States has again criticized the Armenian authorities’ human rights record, saying that they continue to restrict citizens’ right to change their government, put pressure on courts and tolerate police abuses.
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4/8/2011
Thousands rally against Armenia government
YEREVAN — Up to 10,000 anti-government protesters rallied in the capital of ex-Soviet Armenia on Friday and occupied a central square after riot police withdrew to prevent clashes.
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3/11/2011
Word Game: Armenian opposition reacts to president’s public speeches
President Serzh Sargsyan’s interviews and major policy speeches in recent days have been largely viewed as pre-election talk and an indirect answer to the long list of demands put forward to the government by the main opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) at its latest well-attended public rally on March 1.
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3/10/2011
Armenian Rights Group Urges Release Of 'Political Prisoners'
YEREVAN -- A coalition of nongovernmental organizations in Armenia is calling for the release of all jailed opposition members, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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3/1/2011
Ter-Petrosian In ‘Last Warning’ To Armenian Leadership
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian ramped up pressure on Armenia’s leadership on Tuesday, again rallying thousands of supporters in Yerevan and telling the authorities to hold snap elections or face a popular revolt.
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2/25/2011
L.Zurabyan: “Opposition gives the last chance to the authorities”
Opposition, public and the authorities are preparing for the March 1 rally, coordinator of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) Levon Zurabyan said on February 25.
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2/24/2011
Opposition Announces New Campaign Of Anti-Government Rallies
The main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) announced on Friday the start of a fresh campaign of rallies in Yerevan which it hopes will force Armenia’s leadership to hold snap presidential and parliamentary elections.
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2/18/2011
Ter-Petrosian Insists On Snap Polls, Warns Of Anti-Government Unrest
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian warned Armenia’s leadership to hold fresh elections or face the kind of unrest that has rocked Arab states as he held his largest rally since the bloody suppression of his 2008 post-election protests in Yerevan on Friday.
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2/16/2011
CPJ released a report on Armenia
The organization “Committee to Protect Journalists” has released the annual report on attacking the journalists in different countries. Times.am presents the report on Armenia completely.
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2/11/2011
Rights Groups Skeptical About New Police Chief
Human rights abuses committed by Armenian law-enforcement bodies will likely continue unabated under the new chief of the national police, Vladimir Gasparian, well-known civil rights activists said on Wednesday.
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1/28/2011
Armenian opposition set to hold a series of rallies
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is set to hold a series of rallies, with the first rally scheduled to be held on February 18, 2011 in Liberty Square in Yerevan.
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1/21/2011
U.S. Envoy Meets Ter-Petrosian
Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Armenia, met on Friday with opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian to discuss the internal political situation and external challenges facing the country.
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1/19/2011
Council Of Europe Official Concerned About Jailed Armenian Oppositionists
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, has expressed concern about the continuing imprisonment of Armenian opposition members during a fact-finding visit to Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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1/7/2011
Armenian Military Investigates Violent Incident
Military authorities in Armenia said on Friday that they have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged beating of two civilians by a senior army officer. One of them reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries and remains a critical condition.
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12/10/2010
Hundreds Rally In Yerevan On Human Rights Day
Hundreds of opposition supporters marched through central Yerevan on Friday to mark International Human Rights Day and reiterate opposition demands for the release of Armenia’s remaining “political prisoners.”
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12/9/2010
Yerevan mayor 'hits aide' over Placido Domingo concert
The mayor of Armenia's capital Yerevan has resigned after allegations that he attacked a presidential aide over a seat at a Placido Domingo concert.
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12/9/2010
Survey Says Armenians See Increased Corruption
One in two Armenians thinks that corruption in their country has become more widespread in the past three years despite stated government efforts to combat it, according to a new opinion poll commissioned by Transparency International and released on Thursday.
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11/12/2010
HAK supporters and police clash in Yerevan
An incident has been reported near the Office of Prosecutor General where the Armenian National Congress (HAK) is holding a piquet in an attempt to voice its concerns over the authorities' illegal programs and operations posing threat to Nikol Pashinyan's life.
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11/12/2010
Ombudsman expresses readiness to help Nikol Pashinyan
On the night of November 11, at 3:54 a.m., Armenian Ombudsman Armen Harutyunyan received a telephone call from the wife of Haykakan Zhamanak daily editor Nikol Pashinyan who informed the ombudsman about an assault on Nikol in the Kosh penitentiary institution.
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11/9/2010
Youth arrested
This morning police arrested HAK activists participating in the picket held in front of "Golden Tulip" Hotel in Yerevan where the two-day seminar on "EU-Armenia: Civil Society" is being held.
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11/9/2010
Speech by Levon Ter-Petrosyan
Dear fellow Armenians, Since today's rally was convened on the occasion of the human rights seminar taking place in Yerevan within the framework of the "EU-Armenia Dialogue", the main topic of my speech will be the issue of political prisoners again. Perhaps this is the most appropriate occasion to finally clarify the Armenian National Congress's position on that issue.
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10/27/2010
Armenia Remembers 1999 Parliament Shoot-Out Victims
Armenia marked on Wednesday the 11th anniversary of an armed attack on its parliament that left its prime minister, parliament speaker and six other officials dead and had lasting political repercussions for the country.
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10/19/2010
“Devil inside, priest outside”
In his speech from the rostrum, leader of the "Hanrapetutyun" Party Aram Sargsyan touched upon one question-the protection of human rights in Armenia and said there is nothing being done in that direction.
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10/19/2010
Levon Ter-Petrosyan: Retribution time is close”
Leader of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), First President Levon Ter-Petrosyan started his speech with difficulty as the people gathered near the Matenadaran kept screaming "Levon, Levon" for several minutes.
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10/15/2010
Ter-Petrosian Decries ‘Incredible’ Corruption
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian accused Armenia’s leadership of presiding over an “incredibly” corrupt political and economic system at a fresh rally held by his Armenian National Congress (HAK) on Friday.
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10/8/2010
HAK activists bypass Liberty Square
Young activists of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) today held a march in downtown Yerevan chanting "Freedom to Liberty Square," "Armenia's survival depends on you."
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10/1/2010
Levon Ter-Petrosyan addresses letter to CoE Secretary General
Armenia's first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan addressed a letter to CoE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland
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9/20/2010
Ter-Petrosian Warns Yerevan Against Karabakh Deal
Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian warned President Serzh Sarkisian against making an unpopular peace deal with Azerbaijan as his Armenian National Congress (HAK) launched what it called a “new wave” of anti-government street protests late on Friday.
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9/20/2010
Ter-Petrosian Pushes For Broader Opposition Collaboration
Armenia’s main opposition has again called on all “democratic forces” to join its continuing push for a leadership change in the country, indicating that last month’s elections to Yerevan’s municipal council swept by the ruling party brought forth no need for changing its further action mode.
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12/25/2009
Policemen are tried and amnestied
A Yerevan court today sentenced Kentron district policemen Gegham Harutyunyan and Hovhannes Ghukasyan to two years' imprisonment.
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12/24/2009
OLIGARCHY IS THE THREAT
On December 24, summing up and assessing the year 2009, the representative of the Armenian National Congress David Shahnazaryan said the year did not bring any achievement to Armenia, instead the economic decrease showed that the oligarchic system is one of the threats to the Armenian national security.
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12/11/2009
WHEN IS THE END? - Open Letter by Lilia Chakarian
Mr. non-legal President, you can consider my article as an open letter as well. It has almost been a year since you have started playing your role, which is called the President of the Republic of Armenia, and it should be said that you play it pretty bad. Not only me, but any Armenian, I believe, would not think that during the independence, about which we had been dreaming, we will be among the world’s countries that are reckoned to those which violate human rights, have despotic regime, have violated press, have reporters, who are persecuted and corrupted, and have shameful social-economic conditions. So, as you sow, you shall mow... Well, everything one after another... The tragedy of your governing began with the addition of another sad day to the history of Armenia. You are right. March 1st can be reckoned among the memorial days of innocent victims, can be reckoned among another genocide day, this time not by Turks, but by Armenian authorities – a crime against one’s own nation. The authority, which Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the leader of ANC (Armenian National Congress), called Tatar-Mongol regime. The door of the Armenian Government was knocked with bloody hands. I think it is needless to talk about election falsifications, because since 1998 and until the present, all elections in Armenia had been falsified and the brilliant proof to that are severe censures of the authorities of Armenia by different international organizations: the US State Department, Human Rights, Freedom House, Helsinki Human Rights Committee, European Council… Shall I continue or that is enough?
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12/9/2009
LEVON TER-PETROSYAN MET WITH THE UN-ARMENIA DIALOGUE MISSION
On December 8, the Armenian first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan met with the Armenia-EU dialogue mission on human rights - the Sweden's ambassador for Human issues Jan Axel Nordlander
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6/12/2009
Ter-Petrosian Pushes For Broader Opposition Collaboration
Armenia’s main opposition has again called on all “democratic forces” to join its continuing push for a leadership change in the country, indicating that last month’s elections to Yerevan’s municipal council swept by the ruling party brought forth no need for changing its further action mode.
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6/6/2009
STATEMENT ON THE ANNULEMENT OF THE FACT-FINDING GROUP
On June 6, Serzh Sargsyan annulled his executive order on the establishment of the Fact-Finding Group of Experts, and thereby put an end to the activities of the Group.
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6/4/2009
Invalid elections in three polling stations
According to Part 4, Article 40 of the RA Electoral Code, in the case of invalid results of elections, the present materials are presented to the prosecutor's office to instigate a criminal case.
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6/3/2009
Citizens complain of election outcome
Part of Yerevan citizens regret participating in the May 31 mayoral election. A1+ conducted a poll to learn our citizens' opinion on the Sunday vote. Most of our respondents say the outcome of the election was predetermined and their votes were ignored.
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6/1/2009
People expect HAK to act
"We feared lest you should be disappointed with the election outcome. But your presence and determination encourage us to continue the struggle," senior oppositionist Ararat Zurabyan said during today's rally of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK).
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6/1/2009
"Shame on you!"
"The electoral system of Armenia was finally ruined after yesterday's election," announced Amalia Kostanyan, Head of the Transparency International Organization.
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5/31/2009
Levon Ter-Petrosyan will express his opinion tomorrow
HAK's candidate for Yerevan's Mayor, Levon Ter-Petrosyan voted at Precinct 9/10 at 1.00 p.m.
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5/31/2009
Came from Gyumri to vote
Ten "Gazel" minibuses were parked in front of the Armenian Football Federation building until 5 p.m., while drivers were sitting on the sidewalks.
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5/29/2009
Opposition newspapers bought up
"Aravot," "Haykakan Zhamanak," "Hayq" and "Chorrord Ishkhanutyun" dailies disappeared from the kiosks of Erebuni District today morning. A group of people bought up all copies of the aforesaid newspapers.
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5/29/2009
Levon Ter-Petrossian's Speech at the May 29, 2009 Rally
Dear compatriots, Today I will try to refrain from going into a systematized analysis of domestic and foreign policy issues as I will limit myself to some observations only, which are deduced from the current situation.
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5/29/2009
HAK rallies thousands near the Matenadaran
The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) today concluded its election campaign with a rally near the Matenadaran. The opening ceremony was trusted to "Mher Manukyan" rock group which performed songs authored by Nikol Pashinyan.
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3/15/2009
Levon Ter-Petrosyan to Run for Yerevan Mayor
Today, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the first president of Armenia, was selected to head the ticket of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) in the upcoming Yerevan mayoral election.
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2/27/2009
10/23/2008
Arman Babajanian: Imprisoned For His Political Activity - By Sarkis Chakarian
The 32 year old chief editor and founder of Zhamanak – Yerevan daily Armenian newspaper, Arman Babajanian was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the year of 2006 for something he did not do.
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10/14/2008
TECHNOLOGY WILL PROVE THAT THE JAW AND BLOOD ARE UNEDITED
The activities of the NA temporary committee on the March 1 events are getting more and more absurd. For months, the committee was trying to find out at what time the dispersion of demonstrators from Freedom Square began and when it ended, and then they tried to confuse the Armenian public claiming that the video going around was edited and the scenes of a person’s jaw or blood did not correspond to the reality.
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10/10/2008
Armenian Opposition Sees ‘Turning Point’ In Struggle
Next week’s opposition rally in Yerevan will mark a “turning point” in the Armenian opposition’s year-long struggle against the government, a top ally of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian said on Friday.
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10/8/2008
OPPOSITION CLAIM PARTIALLY UPHELD
The judge of the Armenian Administrative Court Artsrun Mirzoyan has partly upheld the claim of the Armenian National Congress against the Yerevan City Hall.
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10/2/2008
“I JOINED LEVON WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE”
We joined the Movement and are going to stay as long as the people never lose faith in Levon Ter-Petrosyan. I joined the movement with a clear conscience. We are going to fight until the end, that is, until we see Levon Ter-Petrosyan in the big chair,” stated today Jirair Sefilyan in response to those who think that Sefilyan regrets standing by Levon Ter-Petrosyan and joining the Armenian National Congress. This was the only statement made by Sefilyan on this topic. His main topic today was the foreign policies of the authorities and promised “A1+” to discuss domestic policies as well.
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9/2/2008
LEVON TER-PETROSYAN REVEALS THREE MORE DOCUMENTS
On September 2 the first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan held a news conference and revealed three documents which, according to Levon Ter-Petrosyan, are evidence to the monstrous crimes of the present government which it commits against the society and the state, as well as indicate the level of the spheres of law enforcement and justice.
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9/2/2008
Ter-Petrosian Unsure Of Success
Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian sounded a cautious note about his forthcoming fresh push for regime change on Tuesday, saying that both the Armenian authorities and his opposition movement are “in deadlock” after months of bitter political confrontation.
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8/9/2008
ARMENIAN OPPOSITION INSISTS ON PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION, NEW ELECTIONS
The Armenian opposition insists on President Serzh Sargsyan's resignation and the holding of new presidential elections, Ruzanna Khachatrian, a member of the board of the opposition People's Party, said at a press conference on Thursday.
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8/9/2008
ARMENIAN OPPOSITIONIST: "ARMENIA'S WORKING POWERS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL IMAGE OF THE COUNTRY AND PURSUE THEIR OWN INTERESTS"
"The only external task of Armenian powers today is to conceal their crimes", said representative of opposition Public movement David Shahnazaryan.
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8/7/2008
DAVID SHAHNAZARIAN: MOST IMPORTANT TASK OF PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT IS TO HOLD EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN ARMENIA
The most imprtant task of People's Movement (PM) and the currently forming Armenian National Congress (ANC) is to remove Serzh Sargsyan from his post and hold early presidential elections, representative of the PM center David Shahnazarian stated at the August 7 press conference, adding that it is necessary to establish legal power through elections and restore the constitutional order in Armenia.
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8/6/2008
ARMENIA: PUSH FOR KOCHARIAN TRIAL -- A PUSH FOR PR?
In a move that could very well hamper rather than promote political reconciliation in Armenia, the country’s leading opposition politician, Levon Ter-Petrosian, is mounting a campaign to have former president Robert Kocharian tried for "heavy crimes" against the Armenian people.
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8/6/2008
ARMENIAN OPPOSITION DEMANDS PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION
Armenian opposition leader and former President Levon Ter-Petrosian demanded President Serzh Sargsyan's resignation and the calling of early presidential elections at an opposition rally on Friday.
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8/2/2008
Armenian opposition gets organized: protests to heat up in September
Despite unbearable heat and vacation season almost at its height, thousands joined the opposition rally in central Yerevan sending a very clear message to the authorities that discontent with the current state of affairs has no signs of fading away. It was despite reportedly blocking the roads to the capital (surprise-surprise!) to prevent people from the regions to attend the rally. It was despite the ‘killing’ heat which forced many people to gather in surrounding areas, under the shade, and then join the post-rally march, which was impressive by any standards. With its inability to alleviate political crisis, administration of Armenia’s incumbent president Serj Sargsyan faces the very real possibility of high scale popular upheaval in months to come.
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7/19/2008
When You One Tries to Bypass the Bloodshed of March 1st
July 19 is the hundredth day of Serge Sargsyan’s presidency. Usually, this is the period when the first steps of a president are assessed and conclusions on his further steps are made. What can be concluded from one hundred days of presidency of Serge Sargsyan? Almost nothing or that during those one hundred days the presidency did not start. The point is that Serge Sargsyan has been unable to solve the most important problem, the legitimacy of the government. Unless this problem is solved, presidency cannot be considered as complete even if one is president for ten years or even one hundred years.
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6/27/2008
CHARGES INTRODUCED TO CHAIRMAN OF THE PRECINCT ELECTORAL COMMISSION 13/16
According to the communication of the RA General Prosecutor’s Office of June 27, the Chairman of the Precinct Electoral Commission 13/16 of Erebuni community of Yerevan Vasil Afian was charged on Article 149 of the RA Criminal Code (“Obstruction of the realization of the right to vote, the work of electoral commissions or the competence of people taking part in elections”). The case was directed to the court of general jurisdiction of Erebuni and Nubarashen communities of Yerevan.
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6/26/2008
Armenian Government Failed to Lull March 1 Murders Issue
The CoE secretary general Terry Davis said in an interview with Radio Liberty that the most important is the investigation of the murders of March 1.
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6/5/2008
Levon Ter-Petrosyan "Youth is the pillar of our society"
Armenia’s First President addressed the rally at Liberty Square today.
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6/4/2008
DID THE SIDES START A DIALOGUE_
Member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutiun (ARF) Alvard Petrossian would have participated in Ter-Petrossian’s rallies and political strolls in Northern Avenue if she hadn’t broken her leg. “I live in Armenia and I am interested in all events occurring in my homeland,” Alvard Petrossian said today.
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5/28/2008
ADVANCING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY REPORTS 2008
Armenia is a constitutional republic with a popularly elected president and a unicameral legislature (National Assembly). The February 2008 presidential elections were significantly flawed. Problems included favorable treatment of the government's candidate, instances of ballot stuffing, vote-buying, multiple voting, voter intimidation, violence against opposition commission members and proxies, and suspiciously high turnout figures. On March 1, 2008, the government imposed a state of emergency and used force to disperse large crowds of protesters, restricting media freedoms and the right of assembly and arresting scores of protesters.
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4/29/2008
Judge orders resumed inquest into appeal in dismissed “Death in Police Custody” Case
Last May Levon Gulyan, 31, was taken to police for questioning as a presumed witness of a murder committed near a restaurant that belonged to him and several hours later his family received his dead body.
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4/18/2008
ARMENIA: US OFFICIALS SAY YEREVAN RISKS LOSING DEVELOPMENT FUNDS
Armenia could lose US economic support if it does not quickly take action to promote a "national dialogue," US legislators and administration officials are cautioning.
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4/18/2008
The Council of Europe threatens to deny Armenia the right to vote
// The Council of Europe threatens to deny Armenia the right to vote
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4/14/2008
Political Prisoner: Arman Babajanian - By Sarkis Chakarian
Arrested in June 26, 2006 in Yerevan Armenia, Arman Babajanian, never saw it coming. He was visiting Armenia as his newspaper “Zhamanak”, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, opened its Armenian Branch in Yerevan, Armenia. It was several days after “Zhamanak” started operating in Yerevan, when Arman Babajanian was imprisoned. The charges that were brought against him are supposedly regarding him not serving in the Armenian army. The actual charge brought forth by the prosecution was “Avoidance of military service, military exercise or summons”. In addition, the authorities convicted Arman Babajanian, not only for not serving in Armenian Army, but also for supposedly making fraudulent documents to dismiss his requirement in serving in the Armenian army. Their accusation of forging documents to avoid drafting for military service in November 2002 and avoidance of military service followed by a conviction to a sentence of 3.5 years in prison.
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3/21/2008
Bloody Saturday: A breakdown of the day that broke a nation
The cloak of darkness and repression that fell on Yerevan late on March 1 began as a beaming promise to voters under drizzly October skies. Armenia’s opposition, silenced in 2003 by a show of political might, and in 2004 by physical force, once again found its voice with the return to politics of the country’s first elected president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
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3/7/2008
Dark Days in Armenia
The democracy that Armenians dreamed of during their long decades under Moscow’s yoke is slipping away. After opponents challenged last month’s flawed presidential election, the government imposed a brutal state of emergency. At least eight people are now dead, independent news outlets throttled and all protests silenced. President Bush and other Western leaders need to make clear to Armenia’s government that such behavior is unacceptable and will jeopardize future relations. Compared to post-Soviet tyrannies like Belarus or Uzbekistan, Armenia may not look so bad. That is why it is so important to halt this slide into authoritarianism before it is too late.
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3/3/2008
Internet is being consored in Armenia
In the evening of March 2, the Internet Society of Armenia (ISOC) has ILLEGALLY stopped the maintenance of several domains, including A1+ - www.a1plus.am, Haykakan Zhamanak – www.azatutyun.am, E-channel – www.echannel.am. In the database of ISOC- https://www.amnic.net/whois/ , they are registered as “on hold.”
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3/2/2008
Armenia: Civilians Die as Police Suppress Demonstrations and Riots
The Armenian government should launch a prompt and independent investigation into the use of lethal force by security forces to quell demonstrations and rioting overnight on March 1, 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. The violence occurred after a 20-day state of emergency was declared by President Robert Kocharian in response to an alleged threat to public order posed by opposition demonstrators.
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3/2/2008
Armenia: Police Beat Peaceful Protesters in Yerevan - State of Emergency Restricts Civil Liberties and Free Press
Armenian police on March 1 used excessive force and violence to disperse demonstrators protesting peacefully against recent election results, Human Rights Watch said today. Following the crackdown on demonstrators, President Robert Kocharian decreed a state of emergency in Yerevan, the capital, until March 20, 2008. There was a heavy police presence overnight in central Yerevan.
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2/14/2008
Armenia crackdown: an ex-Soviet pattern?
Armenia is the latest in a string of ex-Soviet countries to crack down hard on peaceful protesters alleging electoral fraud. Last weekend, security forces – using truncheons, tear gas, and stun guns – dispersed several thousand supporters of former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
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Armenian Watergate? - Lilia Chakarian
Raffi Hovannisian released a statement accusing Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) threatening their new members.
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