Six political parties failed to comply with the requirement that they provide the Justice Ministry with detailed up-to-date membership statistics by 8 August, Justice Ministry official Eduard Markarian told Arminfo on 10 August, according to Groong. Markarian named the parties in question as: the Conservative Democratic Party; the Liberal Democratic Party; the Armenian Socialist Congress Party; the National Democratic Party; the Labor, Law and Democracy Party; and the National Unity Party. The ministry issued a reminder two months ago that a party must number no fewer than 2,000 members within six months of registration, with a minimum of 100 members in each of Armenia's 10 provinces and also in Yerevan, Noyan Tapan reported on 21 June.
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Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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