On July 17, 2016, armed gunmen stormed a police station in Yerevan, took several hostages, and demanded the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and the release of all political prisoners. The gunmen called themselves “Sasna Dzrer” (Daredevils of Sassoun, the name referring to a medieval Armenian epic). The hostage crisis lasted two weeks before the gunmen’s surrender. Three policemen were killed. CivilNet wraps up the developments of the two-week crisis.
In the spirit of the Latin ‘Civilitas’ – a citizen’s responsibility to society – the Civilitas Foundation encourages the responsibility of every citizen to contribute to the realization of a functioning and prosperous democracy and promotes the right of every individual to benefit from his/her full potential.
The Civilitas Foundation believes that development and democracy are parallel paths, and one is essential for the other. The Civilitas Democracy and Development Initiative consists of programs, which leverage domestic, international and Diaspora resources to affect meaningful change in Armenia.
The Caucasus neighborhood is replete with real and potential conflict. Armenia-Turkey relations as well as Armenia-Azerbaijan relations remain key to regional understanding and stability. Civilitas contributes research and activities to promote normalization and peace.
Armenia’s democracy is neither durable, stable nor complete. The voices of its citizens are still not heard through elections and government institutions. Civilitas conducts face-to-face and telephone polls of a representative sample of Armenia’s population to empower individuals and transform individual opinions and thoughts into public opinion and a call for public policy.
The late Ambassador Jivan Tabibian, a member of the Civilitas Honorary Board, was recognized internationally as a thinker and a teacher, with knowledge and passion for a broad spectrum of subjects. Per his wishes, his eclectic collection of books on philosophy, history, politics and economics, in many languages, came to the Civilitas Foundation in 2009, upon his death.