Issues of Interest & Concern

Issues that the ARF-D is following with interest and/or concern.

The Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation Launches “Public Lecture Series”

Starting this September, the Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation is launching the “Public Lecture Series” educational program of political science and politics. The purpose of this educational program is to deepen the knowledge and skills of young people interested in politics, as well as to present Armenia’s domestic and foreign political agenda. Through the format of public…

Establishing ‘Pan-Armenian Council’ to be Discussed at Homeland-Diaspora Conference

(asbarez.com, RFE/RL) — President Serzh Sarkisian is pressing ahead with plans to form an advisory “pan-Armenian council” that will consist of senior officials from Armenia and representatives of its worldwide Diaspora. Sarkisian met with the chairman of the Armenian Constitutional Court, Gagik Harutiunyan, and other state officials on Friday to discuss ongoing preparations for the…

10th Pan-Homenetmen Games Kick off in Yerevan

(ASBAREZ) YEREVAN—The 10th Pan-Homenetmen Games kicked off Saturday with a parade of athletes in the center of the city setting the stage for the centennial celebrations of the founding of the athletic and scouting organization, which was founded in 1918. Some 1,250 athletes representing 19 Homenetmen chapters from around the world, including Tehran’s Ararat and…

ARF-D Bureau Chair Visits Aleppo, Meets with Organization Representatives

(ARMENIAN WEEKLY) ALEPPO, Syria— Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Bureau chairperson Hrant Markarian met with the representatives of various Aleppo-Armenian organizations during his recent visit to the city, reported Aleppo-based Armenian news outlet Kantsasar. “The Armenian community of Syria succeeded through its attitude, behavior, and by serving as a model Syrian citizen as well as a…

ARS Mother and Child Center Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

(ASBAREZ) AKHURIAN, Armenia—After a continuous and devoted service of two decades to our nation, the Mother & Child Health and Birthing Center of the Armenian Relief Society−gratified with the success of its multi-faceted performance as a progressive medical establishment−celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Conceived and realized in Akhurian, on a native soil ravaged by the 1988…

Armenian Government Approves New Anti-Corruption Bill

(RFE/RL) The Armenian government moved on Friday to criminalize “illegal enrichment” of high-ranking state officials as part of its declared fight against corruption. The government approved draft amendments to Armenia’s Criminal Code that apply to some 600 officials, including ministers and judges, and their family members who are legally obliged to declare their assets to…

‘Made In Armenia-2016’ Exhibition Kicks Off In Yerevan

(asbarez.com) YEREVAN—President Serzh Sargsyan was among many government officials who on Monday attended the opening of the ‘Made in Armenia-2016’ exhibition, which will be running in the Meridian Exhibition Center in Yerevan from September 19 to 22. The main goal of the exhibition is to present Armenia’s existing industrial potential, opportunities for development, and assist…

ARF-D: No Retribution Should Be Carried Out Against Members of Armed Group

(armenianweekly.com) YEREVAN —Shortly after the armed group occupying a Yerevan police station since July 17 laid down their arms and surrendered to authorities, Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) Bureau member Armen Rustamyan commented on their decision and the political situation that ensued. Below are his remarks, which he made to Armenia’s Yerkir Media, in their entirety.…