Saturday, 28 June 2008
Zaruhi Postanjyan: Woman of The Year, MP of The Year, The Best European in Armenia
*Zaruhi Postanjian, MP from opposition Heritage party, receiving “The Best European” award in Armenia, for her contribution to the process of country's European integration, from (ironically!) ex Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian. (Photo via Hraparak.am)
There is even more irony in that award ceremony conducted by “European Movement Armenia” – ‘European of The Year’ award recipients include also speaker of the Armenian parliament Tigran Torosyan (!) and former fake oppositionist, current head of the National Security Council Arthur Baghdasaryan. As Hraparak mentions, apparently there is no lack of ‘Europeans’ in Armenia, all we need now is... European values. If it is not for Zaruhi Postanjyan, the whole award ceremony could be easily turned into a big mockery.
Completely agree with Hraparak that Zaruhi Postanjyan deserves being called not only “The Best European”, but also the MP of The Year. I would also add that for me Zaruhi Postanjyan is also Woman of The Year in Armenia.
She is the best example as how Armenian parliamentarian should behave. She was instrumental in protecting human rights of Armenian citizens during government’s violent crackdown on opposition movement following disputed presidential elections in February 2008. She was out there, 24/7, at police stations, court hearings, endless meetings here and there, to provide legal support for detainees, political prisoners during what I would consider the worst human rights crisis in modern Armenian history.
Keep up your good work, Zaruhi! You are the best!