After long discussions and debates the recently
elected National Assembly of Armenia has
officially abolished the death penalty in
Armenia and ratified the Sixth Protocol
of the European Convention of Human Rights
and Fundamental Freedoms. Both decisions
were crucial to Armenia gaining membership
in the Council of Europe.
The much-anticipated testimony of Felix Arustamyan,
a defendant in the Tigran Naghdalyan murder trial, remains unheard after a week
of procedural wrangling during which Arustamyan's got a new attorney.
The Government of Armenia has held public meetings
to voice its disappointment with the performance of ArmenTel, the Greek-Armenian
Joint Stock telecommunications company which has a service monopoly in Armenia
which extends for another 10 years.
September 11, Yerevan. Commemorating
the American tragedy, events at Moscow cinema hosted
by the US embassy became a solemn tribute due to Armenian
citizens -- officials, clergymen, simple people, children,
who came to join their voices to the world's choir condemning