‘Capacity Building of Local Observation Missions’ Component of ‘Long-term Electoral Assistance to the Election Related Stakeholders of Armenia’ ProjectJanuary 23, 2017
|‘Capacity Building of Local Observation Missions’ Component of ‘Long-term Electoral Assistance to the Election Related Stakeholders of Armenia’ Project|
|Implementation date:||February-November 2016|
|Funding:||Council of Europe and European Union Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017 for Eastern Partnership countries|
|Grant amount:||34920 Euro|
|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.|
|Result:||In Lori, Shirak, Gegharkunik and Syunik marzes (regions) and Yerevan, trainings were held on the implementation of the recommendations of the international observation missions in RA and the RA Electoral Code 2016.The coordinators and trainers selected by the partner organizations in the Project target marzes (regions) and Yerevan were provided with trainings on legislative regulations of elections, organizing and methods of observation missions and before the local government elections of October 2, 2016 they in their turn held trainings for observers and coordinated their activities. The 200 trained observers carried out an observation mission in Vanadzor and Gyumri on October 2, 2016 and its results were summarized in a report.
On the election day, in Vanadzor and Gyumri there was also a legal group of 10 members who provided consulting to the observers and submitted letters to relevant agencies.
The observation mission also covered a long-term observation of the electoral campaign in the both cities.
Some Project actions were co-financed by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Sigrid Rausing Trust.
The video showcasing the behavior of defendant Lilit Vardanyan after the delivery of the judgment is to be examined as data characterizing the defendant in the case of Lia Misakyan’s deathMarch 21, 2018
Tatevik Siradeghyan, the representative of Lia Misakyan’s legal successor, filed a motion to examine as data characterizing personality the mass media publications and the video showcasing defendant L. Vardanyan’s behavior in the courtroom after the rendering of the judgment on June 15, 2015.
The Ministry of Finance has been involved as a third party in the examination of the claim of the protester demanding compensation from the PoliceMarch 21, 2018
Tatevik Siradeghyan, the representative of the plaintiff, responded that the plaintiff did not bear the obligation to substantiate the claim, and the cause-and-effect link had already been proven by the Police upholding the application for compensation at least in part.
On March 13, 2018 the judicial proceedings in the case of protester Hasmik Evoyan commenced again at the RA Administrative Court.
Last Friday, on March 16, 2018, Eva Jašková and Pia Winter, EVS volunteers at HCA Vanadzor, held a Cultural Cocktail event at Anti-café Teynik in Vanadzor.
The staff of HCA Vanadzor and the Board of the Organization are concerned by the fact of the insults directed at employee of the Organization Vardine Grigoryan by the supporters of “Sasna Tsrer” group through the social networking website Facebook. Our colleague has been fighting for political and civil rights for many years, presenting public sentiments and demands in Armenia at international institutions as well as protecting the interests of political prisoners.
Sakunts: By detecting corruption cases from time to time, the authorities are trying to show the international community that they are workingMarch 20, 2018
No fight is lead against systemic corruption in Armenia, and no high-ranking official is punished. This observation was made by human rights defender Artur Sakunts in his interview with MediaLab, while touching upon the announcement about the detection of yet another corruption offense in the field of defense.
Statement: The Draft does not adequately address the problems in its current form and in a way makes possible even more profound control of the system by the executiveMarch 20, 2018
We hereby express our concern about the presented Draft and urge the National Assembly of RA not to adopt the Draft in its current form but form a commission comprising the stakeholder sector, individual experts, and organizations, in order to improve all the problematic provisions mentioned above.
Statement: The negative attitude of the Russian Federation towards the Platform is due to the revelations by Golos Association, which is a Russian member of the PlatformMarch 17, 2018
The negative attitude of the Russian Federation towards the Platform is due to the revelations by Golos Association, which is a Russian member of the Platform. Those revelations always expose electoral fraud and violations in the RF. Golos was labelled a “foreign agent” by the RF Ministry of Justice yet in 2014, and the persecution and restrictions against its members as well as the attempts to discredit them are of a continuous nature.
“New Generation” Humanitarian NGO views this as prevention of the normal working process of the NGO by special authorities and strictly condemns such actions.March 15, 2018
The NGO would like to express concern on this issue and also state that it will continue the implementation of human rights defender’s, healthcare and charity missions set before the NGO in accordance with the International legal acts and as provided for by RA legislation and in-state legal acts.
On 13 March 2018, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), a civil society network of independent election observation organizations, and its Lithuanian member International Elections Study Center (IESC) were classified as “undesirable organizations” by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.