“International Day of Democracy: Obstacles and Challenges of Democracy Establishment in Armenia”
15.09.2017
12:00
September 15 marks International Day of Democracy.
The day was set by the UN General Assembly in 2007. The date is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the first international conference of new and restored democracies, which was celebrated in 2008.

The United Nations has offered states, as well as regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to adopt a new holiday as an opportunity to pay attention to the state of democracy in the world.

An Interview with Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, was held at the Media Center on September 15 on the issues of democracy in Armenia and the peculiarities of the Armenian value system.

Speaking about the maturity of democratic values in the Armenian reality over the past hundred years, the speaker notes that in reality we have not had such values.

“The Parliamentary elections  in the First Republic of Armenia in 1919 remind of 1995 and the next parliamentary elections, with bribe, there were the mausers at that time instead of Yerkrapahs, frightening the people, falsifying and cheating. And the interesting thing is that 70 out of 80 parliamentary mandates took the ruling Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF),” Ishkhanyan said.

The speaker comes to the conclusion that the so-called democracy has not been put in us, since we see the same defects in the years of the Republic of Armenia.

“There are no political elections in Armenia. Power is not changed through elections.”

According to him, not only the acting authorities are the ones who are deemed to have democratic values but also the rest of the political players and the society. 

“Show a party where there is internal democracy, where opinions are voiced, where there are party fractions where the leader of the party does not consider himself the wisest person in the world,” Ishkhanyan said.

In the course of the interview, the speaker draws attention to the fact that there is no struggle for ideas and ideologies in Armenia. Intelectuals, philosophers and politicians should be engaged in creating in it. Political forces should take these ideas into a subject of political discourse and reach them to the society and the society should make a choice between ideas.

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Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to derenikmalkhasian@gmail.com.

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