The EPDE began its experts’ mission on 29 October 2014 for the presidential election that took place in Romania on 2 November 2014. The mission was composed of 14 EPDE representatives – members of citizens’ election observation organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine – who observed the election day proceedings in approximately 100 polling stations in all six districts of Bucharest.
The statement lately signed in Helsinki by the Independent Civil Minsk Process Initiative conveys key messages and ignoring such messages means not to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This is the opinion expressed by Artur Sakunts, Chairman of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor in his interview with Lragir.am.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai has released a concise, easy-to-use fact sheet on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, which summarizes key principles in international law and best practices for promotion of the right.
Signing of the agreement to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) by Armenia on October 10, 2014 disrupted the country’s course of establishment and strengthening of democratic institutions, as well as social, economic, and other sectors; a course which is difficult but has no alternatives.
DECLARATION: Independent Civil Minsk Process (ICMP) Initiative on the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
We, together with the other representatives of civil society and experts, in the framework of the Independent Civil Minsk Process (ICMP) Initiative on the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, signed a Declaration in Tbilisi on December 8, 2010, which called upon the leadership of the parties:
The EPDE began its experts’ mission on 29 October 2014 for the presidential election that took place in Romania on 2 November 2014. The mission was composed of 14 EPDE representatives – members of citizens’ election observation organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine – who observed the election day proceedings in approximately 100 polling stations in all six districts of Bucharest. Furthermore, EPDE conducted several meetings with the representative of the Permanent Electoral Authority, political stakeholders, and representatives of the civil society. Due to the limited observation period, this statement mainly focuses on some aspects of the election campaign, electoral legislation, and the election day procedures and their implementations.
Civil society condemns the promotion of hate speech and discrimination at the state level in Armenia
We, the representatives of civil society, consider discrimination and hate speech, continued physical and psychological persecution of people, as well as violations of the judicial system on these occasions in Armenia unacceptable.
The right to civil disobedience, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of movement, freedom of speech, conscience, thought and freedom of religion make part of the incomplete list of the rights retained by each individual, person and citizen, regardless of their place of residence, nationality, ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation, education, social status and the nature of the dominant regime in the country. A person is entitled to make independent decisions, express his/her opinions freely, defend his/her right to freedom and if necessary, oppose illegality.
On October 28, 2014, the General Jurisdiction Court of Erebuni and Nubarashen administrative districts of Yerevan, RA, presided by judge V. Grigoryan, announced its decree on the complaint by Hrachya Gevorgyan, inmate of the Hospital for Convicts penitentiary, RA Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Upon considering the complaint on annulling the preliminary investigation authority’s decree to dismiss the instigation of criminal proceedings, the Court decreed to reject the complaint due to its groundlessness.
A series of processes in the RA are facilitated either by non-existent or dead persons. Such processes include elections: presidential, local, etc. This article will feature other processes, namely investigative activities, facilitated by non-existent persons.
On October 20, 2014, the General Jurisdiction Court of Erebuni and Nubarashen administrative districts of Yerevan, presided by judge V. Grigoryan, proceeded with considering the complaint by Hrachya Gevorgyan, inmate of the ‘Hospital for Convicts’ penitentiary under the RA Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
HCA Vanadzor Statement on RA Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2013 and Its Discussions at the RA National Assembly
On October 2, 2014, Karen Andreasyan, the RA Ombudsman, presented his Annual Report at the National Assembly. The Report covers the human rights situation in the Republic of Armenia, human rights violations and the systemic problems underlying them.