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Amnesty International, Freedom House assess Human Rights violations in Armenia

In 1995, President Levon Ter-Petrossian tightened his grip on power amid indications the country was becoming more authoritarian. Nine parties, including the largest opposition group, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, were banned from participating in 5 July parliamentary elections, which were dominated by the President’s ruling Armenian National Movement and labeled “free but not fair” by…

Armenian authorities clamp down on the opposition

On September 7, several opposition parties in Armenia, including the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun, issued an announcement declaring National Democratic Union leader Vazgen Manoukyan the sole candidate representing the national alliance accord. National Self-Determination Union candidate Paruyr Hairikyan, Democratic Party of Armenia candidate Aram Sargsyan and “Artsakh-Hayastan” candidate Lenser Aghalovyan all withdrew their candidacies from the…

Russian parties call for reinstatement of ARF rights in Armenia

In a September 11 letter D. Rogozin, chairman of the Russian Federation’s Congress of Russian Communities (KRO) – the party of General Lebed – called on the Armenian authorities for the immediate reinstatement of the rights of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dasnaktsutyun, prior to the September 22 presidential elections in Armenia. The letter states that “the…

ARF-Dashnaktsutyun rejoins the Socialist International

NEW YORK – The Socialist International Congress unanimously approved the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s application for membership in the worldwide organization on September 11, at its last session; the SI 20th Congress convened at the United Nations headquarters. The ARF-Dashnaktsutyun was granted the status of Obsever Member. The ARF-D had been a member of the Socialist…

US Congressional Committee Chairman raises concerns about suspension of the ARF by the Armenian government

WASHINGTON – The House International Relations Committee, chaired by Congressman Ben Gilman (R-NY), on July 31, held a hearing devoted to examining United States interests in the Caucasus region. The Committee heard testimony from two panels of witnesses, the first from the State Department, and the second representing private citizens with expertise on the Caucasus…

ARF-Dashnaktsutyun has no candidate in presidential polls

YEREVAN- The Armenian Revolutionary Federation in Armenia will not introduce a candidate of its own for the September presidential polls, however the parameters of its participation in the electoral process has not yet been determined, announced the party’s newly elected political director and deputy of the Armenian National Assembly Ruben Hakobyan, during a press conference…

ARF convenes Supreme Assembly of Armenia

YEREVAN – The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun convened the Supreme Assembly of Armenia on June 28, 1996, at 10:30 a.m., despite recent Justice Ministry announcements deeming all ARF activities and assemblies illegal. Under the Armenian tricolor flag, the ARF banner and with the singing of the Armenian national anthem, ARF Executive Council chairman Levon Mkrtchyan called…

Meeting with MKR President, during South American tour

Mountainous (Nagorno) Karabakh Republic President Robert Kocharian, during his tour in South America, on May 27, 1996, visited the Armenian Cultural Association centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ARF-Dashnaktsutyun Bureau member Mario Nalbandian welcomed Kocharian, praising his message of “strengthening the spirit of unity in the name of national interests of the Armenian people.” He added…

ARF: The only political party in MKR

Moutnainous (Nagorno) Karabakh Republic Prime Minister Leonard Petrosyan visited North America in May. At a press conference in Los Angeles, on May 14, 1996, responding to a question, Petrosyan stated that there was only one political party in Karabakh and that was the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun organization in Karabakh. “We find that during a national liberation struggle,…

ARF-Dashnaktsutyun economic platform draft examined

A draft of an economic platform, prepared by a group of experts at the ARF Economics Analysis Unit, was the subject of study at a conference which brought together academicians from Armenia’s National Acedemy of Science, members of the Association of Banks and others. Economist Hovsep Aghajanyan, head of the expert group and faculty member…