‘Capacity Building of Local Observation Missions’ Component of ‘Long-term Electoral Assistance to the Election Related Stakeholders of Armenia’ ProjectJanuary 23, 2017
Project goal: Hold observation capacity-building trainings in cooperation with partner organizations in the Project target marzes (regions) and Yerevan.
Create a database of trained observers and involve them in the observation of the council of elders elections in Vanadzor and Gyumri on October 2, 2016.
Goal: Assess the physical education needs of various population groups and particularly of representatives of the both sexes to find out how well the sport schools budgeting policy meets those needs.
Goal: study the recommendations and observations of the international observation missions at the elections starting from 2003 and particularly those of OSCE/ODIHR, PACE, CoE, Venice Commission and other institutions by analyzing their role in electoral reforms and the impact of those changes on the results of subsequent elections.
Goal: to promote trust-building between the two societies and enhance the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation process on the educational level.
Goal: to promote development of anti-discrimination culture in the RA. The Project aims to assist in developing anti-discrimination approaches among the RA police officers.
Goal: to develop the professional capacities of young lawyers in providing legal advice and legal representation on human rights violation.
Monitoring RA Special Investigation Service Activities for Investigating Ill-Treatment/Torture CasesJanuary 8, 2016
Goal: to develop control mechanisms to monitor the Special Investigation Service activities as a guarantee for effective investigation into ill-treatment/torture cases.
Goal: Contribute to strengthening the national human rights protection mechanisms, improving the civil oversight of the state agencies, disseminating human rights ideas and enhancing human rights and peace-building movement in the RA.
To contribute to the protection of human rights and the establishment of rule of law in South Caucasus.
“Promoting Local Human Rights Activism”
“Punisher will be the country’s president”: whether the candidates complied with Serzh Sargsyan’s warnings not to go beyond the boundariesApril 25, 2017
Still before the parliamentary elections “Zhoghovurd” Daily informed that Serzh Sargsyan had warned the candidates of parties on the national rating lists not to go beyond the bounds by trying to steal the votes of their team member. Ex-chairman of the RA SRC Hovhannes Hovsepyan was appointed to oversee that process. The latter was to oversee their candidates on the rating list to have a clear insight after the elections as to who was able to provide a certain amount of votes for the party.
The leadership of the 102nd Russian military base has again violated the Armenian-Russian interstate agreement because it did not immediately inform the Armenian law enforcement agencies about the disappearance of the serviceman from the military base, the human rights activist Arthur Sakunts told Lragir.am.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities presented its Concluding Observations on Armenia’s Report on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Court accepted the right of observation mission to challenge in administrative court violation of its observer’s rightsApril 21, 2017
As reported before, HCA Vanadzor and its observer challenge the lawfulness of the actions of district election commission №14 at the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017. Note that upon noticing cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region), O.A., who conducted observation mission within ‘Independent Observer’ Alliance, suggested that the commission chairperson recorded the fraud in the register but was denied. A relevant complaint was also rejected by the district election commission №14 insisting that the fraud was recorded.
On April 19, 2017 the RA Administrative Court announced its judgment after examining the claim against Yerevan Municipality of Armine Tangiyan and her representative Tatevik Siradeghyan, lawyer at Yerevan Office of HCA Vanadzor.
The graduates of the fourth ‘Vanadzor Legal Clinic’ Project launched in 2016 by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor with the financial support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee received graduation certificates.
HCA Vanadzor and organization’s observer challenge in a court of law the legitimacy of the election commission’s actionsApril 15, 2017
During the observation mission carried out by the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance on RA NA election day of April 2, 2017, an observer of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region) noticed, among other frauds, some cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently and then suggested recording that fraud in the polling station election commission’s register. The chairperson of the commission rejected the request without any grounds.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor filed a crime report with the RA Prosecutor General’s Office regarding RA Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s widely-discussed statement on the failure in the military technical equipment due to low-quality oil products.
Today, HCA Vanadzor lawyer Arayik Zalyan, defense counsel of Hrachya Boyajyan who took part in Sari Tagh district protest, visited his client detained at ‘Nubarashen’ penitentiary facilities. The latter was on hunger strike for already 10 days and was kept on ground floor of the penitentiary facilities. The Group of Public Observers Monitoring RA MoJ Penitentiary Facilities and Institutions voiced repeatedly the poor conditions of the cells on that floor.
Civil Society Demands an Investigation into the Fact of Organized and Mass Abuse of Administrative Resources. StatementApril 13, 2017
On 24 March 2017, the Union of Informed Citizens NGO (“UIC”) exposed outrageous abuse of public and administrative resources for the benefit of the Republican Party of Armenia (“RPA”) during the Republic of Armenia National Assembly election campaign by staff of a number of community and district municipalities and regional government offices of the Republic of Armenia, in abuse of … Continue reading