PanARMENIAN.Net – A special online discussion on the Armenian prisoners of war in being kept in Azerbaijan was organized in the German Bundestag on Thursday, March 4, during which Armenian Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan unveiled a report on the matter.
The discussion took place under the chairmanship of Michael Brand, Chairman of the Bundestag Standing Committee on Human Rights, and Marian Wendt, Chair of the Bundestag Petition Committee. More than 70 German deputies took part in the event.
The Defender raised the issue of the urgency of the return of prisoners of war — both servicemen and civilians — of the Armenian side detained in Azerbaijan. Tatoyan noted that the Azerbaijani authorities are artificially delaying and politicizing the process so as to cause mental suffering to the Armenian society and especially to the families of the captives, and in order to create tension in the country.
The Human Rights Defender of Armenia presented in detail the international humanitarian and human rights rules which require the immediate release of prisoners and their safe return. The Ombudsman emphasized the gross violations of international humanitarian law and the rights of prisoners who are wrongly portrayed as “terrorists” given the circumstances of ongoing armed conflict.
The Ombudsman also provided information on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces during the war (beheadings, torture, humiliation of bodies, etc).
Several dozen Armenian POWs returned from Azerbaijan in mid-December, although Armenian officials said many more people were being held in Baku. Dozens of others, both servicemen and civilians, have been captured after the completion of military hostilities. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that persons being kept in Baku are not prisoners of war but “terrorists and saboteurs”. Human rights lawyer Siranush Sahakyan has said, meanwhile, that at least 120 Armenian prisoners of war are being held in Azerbaijan. Sahakyan represents the rights of some of the Karabakh POWs before the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer said there is enough evidence proving the capture of said persons, which the Armenian side will submit to international agencies and courts.
During the latest edition of London Fashion Week, the British body Fashion Scout and Fashion and Designer Chamber Armenia (FDCA) – the non-profit association founded in November 2017 by a group of Armenian designers to strengthen the fashion and Armenian design allowing them to be fully inserted in the local and international context – collaborated on a purely digital project to present six emerging designers, Vogue Italia reports.
In this regard, emerging designers had the opportunity to exhibit their collections in a see-now-buy-now format., to increase their global network with buyers, members of the press and the rest of the fashion community. Furthermore, together with the fashion films presented by the various designers, there was the launch of a new e-commerce portal, miashop.am, which sells works curated by the most promising Armenian designers, many of whom have already captured the attention of professionals.
Starting from 2019, Fashion Scout has worked alongside the Fashion and Designer Chamber Armenia in order to develop an accelerator program and a showcasing business for Armenian designers. The project, called “Supporting SME’s and Creating Sustainable Ecosystem for Armenian Textile Industry” “to support and create a sustainable ecosystem for the Armenian textile industry” was initiated by the FDCA with the invaluable support of the UK’s Good Governance Fund (GFF).
Vogue Talents presents three very promising Armenian sustainable fashion designers here:
A decisive femininity, which lies in wanting to create a wide-ranging creative approach to fashion to involve all dimensions of lifestyle: this is the banner signed by RUZANĒ , the brand founded by Ruzanna Vardanyan in 2016 as a declaration of maximum femininity and style.
“We tend to be strong and fearless, but it’s not about physical strength, our power is our femininity,” explained the designer. The latest collection harks back to how society uses this power in response to humanity’s major challenges. The label creates timeless pieces made with refined fabrics, enhancing quality.
A manifesto of trust, independence and tradition, is at the helm of the homonymous brand that embodies a strong and self-confident design. The minimalist wardrobe is endowed with a strong personality, tuned with clothes that enhance the concept of essentiality and femininity.
The arsenal of clothing is divided into baggy dresses with a tailored cut, neutral colors and composed volumes. In addition, a touch of functionality softens the high-low effect of the collection. “Due to the current economic crisis, our brand has started saving as much as possible,” explains Serobyan.
Founded by Inga Manukyan in 2014, LOOM Weaving proposes an evolution of the contemporary wardrobe by combining the concept of practical wear with the attention to detail typical of the world of knitwear. Dresses and cardigans favor oversized silhouettes with revolutionary necklines and maxi weaves. Sweaters, on the other hand, appear in different lengths with a sturdy lightness.
LOOM Weaving was founded with the aim of reviving national handmade techniques and building a new path for Armenian knitwear production to design, develop, weave and above all create. The label has developed its own style, which is both modern and traditional at the same time, as the products require style and individuality. The proposals are easily identifiable by their appearance, design, idea, handmade and natural raw materials used. The brand refers to the development of an exclusive knitwear design, using an original blend of inlay and the best natural yarns (wool, viscose, cotton, lurex and silk) in infinite color combinations.
ANCA Burbank welcomed city council vote to recognize Artsakh
ANCA Burbank Commends the City Council and Welcomes the Move
BURBANK—The Burbank City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to recognize Artsakh as an independent republic and at the same time rescinded the Burbank-Hadrut Friendship City status while the city remains under the illegal Azerbaijani occupation.
The Armenian National Committee of America Burbank chapter—representing the policy priorities of the city’s Armenian-American residents—has been advocating for the recognition of Artsakh Republic for months going back to the Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against Armenia and Artsakh in September 2020.
“We thank the Burbank city council and the residents of Burbank for their continued strong support for the people of Artsakh in their struggle for freedom and self-determination,” said ANCA-Burbank chairman Sarkis Simonian.
“We also wish to thank Congressman Adam Schiff, California State Senator Anthony Portantino, State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Burbank Human Relations Council, and many others who expressed their support by writing or calling the city council when they were approached by the ANCA Burbank,” added Simonian.
“Last night, the Burbank City Council took the difficult but necessary step of rescinding the official Friendship City status of Hadrut, and requested a resolution be brought back for further consideration to recognize the independent Republic of Artsakh. We deeply value the community input we received, and support our community members of Armenian heritage while hoping that peacekeeping efforts will lead to lasting stability in the Artsakh region,” remarked Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos.
“This was long overdue, we did the right thing by passing these two resolutions and sending a clear message that we will always stand up for the Armenian people and their right to freedom and self-determination which are ideals we live by here in Burbank. ANCA Burbank efforts in supporting the Armenian Community and Burbank in general are always valued and appreciated,” said Burbank Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes.
“Last night, the Burbank City Council unanimously passed a Resolution Rescinding the Friendship City Status of the Town of Hadrut in Nagorno-Karabakh. I am grateful for the many Armenian members of the Burbank community, including the Armenian National Committee of America, who wrote and called the City Council encouraging us to take this crucial first step. This action will be incredibly meaningful to the Armenian members of our community who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the violence and loss of life stemming from the military aggression by Azerbaijan in the region,” noted Burbank Council member Nick Schultz.
“This is a strong message by the city of Burbank to the Azeri occupiers that the civilized world will not tolerate aggression and will not stand for the ethnic cleansing,” added Antranig Charshafjian of the Armenian Cultural Foundation Burbank chapter.
The Armenian National Committee of America – Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian community and promotes its increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia is planning to vaccinate 10-15% of the population against the coronavirus by the end of 2021, Minister of Health Anahit Avanesyan told reporters after a government meeting on Thursday, March 4.
Avanesyan said people at increased risk of severe illness from the virus have already been identified to receive the jabs.
“According to our estimates, 10-15% of the population should be covered when the vaccination program ends by the end of the year, ”Avanesyan said.
She also noted that, depending on the price of vaccines, the government will do everything to expand the number of people getting the shots. In addition to the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, Avanesyan added, a professional council has proposed to purchase AstraZeneca jabs too.
An health official said earlier that the first vaccine against coronavirus to be purchased by Armenia will be Russia’s Sputnik V.
In the first stage of vaccination, priority will be given to people aged over 65, those who have underlying health conditions, and medical workers. In the second stage, teachers, educators, employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, military personnel, employees of the justice sector and public transport, as well as civil servants will get Covid-19 shots.
PanARMENIAN.Net – Opposition leader Vazgen Manukyan has asked grandmaster Levon Aronian to return to Armenia, weeks after the chess player left the country to represent the United States.
Aronian announced in late February that he was leaving Armenia to represent the United States, maintaining that the Armenian government had not been honoring its commitment to develop chess in the country.
Manukyan said Thursday that the current authorities will be ousted soon, and that he will make sure chess receives the attention it deserves.
“I have always been proud of you, you have always been a source of inspiration for all of us. Thanks to you, Armenian chess has reached new heights and brought many victories to our country,” Manukyan said Thursday, March 4.
Manukyan, who is the leader of the coalition of 17 opposition parties calling itself the Homeland Salvation Movement, asked Aronian to revise his decision and offered a meeting.
Former President Serzh Sargsyan said on Wednesday that grandmaster Levon Aronian has promised to return to Armenia when “the attitude towards him changes, and chess is respected” again.
Aronian had been the leading Armenian chess player since the early 2000s and is much loved by the public and Armenians worldwide. He won the FIDE World Cup in 2005 and 2017, led the Armenian national team to the gold medals in the Chess Olympiads of 2006 (Turin), 2008 (Dresden) and 2012 (Istanbul) and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. Aronian won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010. He was also world champion in Chess960 in 2006 and 2007, in rapid chess in 2009, and in blitz chess in 2010. As of February 2021, Aronian is No. 6 in the world, with a FIDE rating of 2781.
PanARMENIAN.Net – Around 2000 bodies and remains of victims killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh war have been identified through DNA analysis, Armenian Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan said Thursday, March 4.
According to Avanesyan, only a small number of bodies remain to be identified.
Asked about possible errors in the process, given that the parents of some fallen servicemen have raised concerns that DNA tests are allegedly sometimes falsified, the Health Minister said there have only been 2-3 such complains, and those cases have been processed individually.
“It has been clarified that there is no room for error or mistrust,” Avanesyan said.
The Health Ministry revealed in mid-February that the bodies of more than 3500 victims had been examined as of February 13. Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said earlier that the number of victims killed in the six weeks of war would not surpass 4000.
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian opposition leader Vazgen Manukyan, who has been charged with making public calls for violent overthrow of the constitutional order, was released on recognizance on Thursday, March 4, the press service of the Investigative Committee of Armenia revealed.
Manukyan urged the army to rebel against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government.
The Committee noted that the politician is also obliged to regularly come in for questioning report to investigators when asked.
His lawyer Aram Vardevanian has said that the court decision would be appealed and described the measure as “primitive political persecution”, pointing out the lack of connection between the accusation and the articles of the Criminal Code (CC) of the country.
Manukyan is the leader of the coalition of 17 opposition parties calling itself the Homeland Salvation Movement. They are staging rallies in downtown Yerevan every day, calling for Pashinyan’s resignation.
The PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.
Armenia sees increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
Yesterday, we had 491 positive cases out of 2 922 tests, which is 16% of the total number, Minister of Health Anahit Avanesyan said at the cabinet meeting today. She said the number stood at 5-7 percent in January and early February.
Anahit Avanesyan emphasized the need to return to the strict observance of mask regime and other preventive measures.
“If we want to protect our relatives, to protect ourselves from the application of new restrictions, we must do everything possible to prevent the spread of the disease. I would like to pay special attention to the fact that in the coming days, in connection with March 8, we will have a lot of traffic, both in shopping centers and guest houses,” she said, urging the oversight bodies to pay special attention to the control in public transport and shopping centers. Strict control must be exercised in guest houses.
“And regardless of control, we must contribute to protecting our health and our economy through our discipline. We are already relaunching two hospitals today. We currently have 865 beds, of which 808 are occupied. We will increase the number of beds,” the Minister said.
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