Democracy & Human Rights

Putting People Above Profit: An Interview with Dr. Ara Khanjian

For its Fall issue, the Armenian Youth Federation’s Haytoug publication sat down with Dr. Ara Khanjian for a candid discussion on the socio-economic realities in Armenia and how the nation could overcome the challenges that have relegated many of the country’s population to a life of poverty and social inequality. Haytoug: Armenia has been recording…

Statement on Armenian-Turkish Relations

The Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun held a special plenary session in Yerevan on September 9-10. The main issues on the agenda were the complicated military and political situation created in the region and Armenian-Turkish relations. After thoroughly discussing the internal and external challenges facing Armenia, the plenary session of the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun Bureau considered…

DECLARATION of the Participants of the Rally of 2 September 2008

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Artsakh[1] movement and on the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh[2], we, the participants of the public rally organized by the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun and held in Yerevan on 2 September 2008, assert: The recent war and developments in the South Caucasus have…

ARF-D Candidate Laments “Artificial” Voter Choice

The candidate of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun complained on Monday that many Armenians view the upcoming presidential election as a two-horse race between their current and former leaders and could ignore other candidates opposed to both rival camps. “The people are faced with an artificial choice,” Vahan Hovhannesyan said during a campaign trip to the…

ARF-D Candidate Deplores Election Fraud

The presidential candidate of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun questioned the legitimacy of Armenia’s leadership and pledged to end the country’s culture of electoral fraud as he campaigned in the southern Armavir region on Tuesday. Addressing a small crowd that gathered in the eponymous regional capital, deputy parliament speaker Vahan Hovhannesyan explained why he thinks the…

AYF meets with ARF-D presidential candidate Vahan Hovhannesyan

SPRING . 2008 . HAYTOUG . 03 — During a recent visit to the United States, the Armenian Youth Federation was able to organize a town hall meeting between Vice Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly and ARF-Dashnaktsutyun presidential candidate Vahan Hovhannesyan and the Armenian youth of Los Angeles. Portions of the question and answer…

DECLARATION on the Occasion of the 15th Anniversary of Armenia’s Independence

Dear compatriots, This year all Armenians will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their independent statehood. We will celebrate aware of the uniqueness of this jubilee, determined to reform, build and strengthen our all-Armenian home. Independence is an utmost value and it is the duty of each of us to make Armenia a center for justice,…

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…

DECLARATION Regarding the September 1996 Events in Armenia

The political course of the current leadership of Armenia in regards to the Presidential elections, severely hinders the already fragile democracy and deals a heavy blow to Armenia’s international reputation. Under the veil of constitutional order, the right of the people are piece-by-piece being violated by the very leadership of the homeland. The accelerated pace…