Democracy & Human Rights

ARF-D Leader Blasts Russia

A leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun accused Russia on Tuesday of acting against the national interests of Armenia, Moscow’s closest regional ally, in its growing dealings with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Vahan Hovhannesyan, a member of the opposition party’s ruling Bureau, also chided former President Robert Kocharian, a longtime Dashnaktsutyun ally, for his scornful reaction…

ARF-D Unveils Roadmap to Regime Change in Armenia

YEREVAN — On Oct. 23, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) unveiled a detailed plan — called a “roadmap to regime change” — saying that for Armenia to persevere and survive, fundamental changes are needed to its socio-economic, political, and governmental structures. These changes, it argued, were to ensure the pursuit of a national agenda. Speaking…

Another World is Possible

An Interview with Khatchig Der Ghougassian Another world is possible: One where economics are based on justice, democracy is founded in principle, human rights are cherished and protected, and diversity is shared and celebrated. In an exclusive interview with Haytoug, Khatchik DerGhougassian, a professor of International Relations at the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina,…

ARF-D Member Quits Armenian Security Body

Armen Rustamyan, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), resigned from Armenia’s National Security Council on Thursday in accordance with the party’s recent withdrawal from the governing coalition. Rustamyan served in the presidential body comprising the top state officials in his capacity as chairman of the Armenian parliament’s committee on foreign affairs. Like other…

STATEMENT on the Cessation of ARF-D’s Participation in the Political Coalition

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation announces the cessation of the its participation in the political coalition. We deem it necessary to explain this step in view of its political significance and consequences, and the public’s interest. First of all, the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun joined the coalition in order to overcome through the unity of forces the crisis facing…

ARF-D Candidate Threatens Coalition Exit

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun could go as far as to pull out of Armenia’s governing coalition if the upcoming municipal elections in Yerevan are marred by “blatant” irregularities, the party’s top election candidate warned on Friday. “We would not only make a statement not recognizing the election results but take many other actions,” Artsvik Minasyan,…

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…