Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor publicizes the results of its activities through publication of annual, programmatic reports, thematic leaflets and brochures.
In May 2017 HCA Vanadzor, jointly with the ‘Advanced Public Relations Group’ (APR Group) NGO, conducted a sociological survey throughout Armenia to find out the public positions on international entities (EU, EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union)).
This report summarizes the findings of a monitoring mission to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, organized by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) within the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) on 28 July to 1 August 2016.
Reflection of Recommendations by International Election Observation Missions in the RA 2016 Electoral Code and their Implementation during 2017 National Assembly and Yerevan City Council ElectionsSeptember 20, 2017
2017 National Assembly and Yerevan City Elections manifested that many recommendations reflected in the Code have not been effectively implemented, and the recommendations not taken into consideration were more than necessary.
In August 2016, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, involving the ‘Advanced Public Research Group’ (APR Group) NGO, carried out a sociological survey in all the marzes (regions) of Armenia and capital Yerevan; one of the objectives of the survey was to find out the public position on Armenia’s orientation to the North or West.
Reflection of Recommendations by International Election Observation Missions in the RA Electoral CodeSeptember 5, 2017
International Election Observation Missions (IEOM) have had a most significant role in pushing for electoral reforms, and particularly in terms of revising the electoral legislation. In 2015, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor conducted a thorough analysis (Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, 2015), assessing the implementation of recommendations submitted by International election observation mission in 2003-2013 in legislation and practice.
Reference on performance of the actions to ensure implementation of the 2014-2019 Strategy on Maintenance and Improvement of Mental Health in Republic of Armenia: 2014-2016August 31, 2017
While the implementation of the Strategy largely depends on financial investments, the entities responsible do not mostly address them in their responses. Judging by the monitoring results, the lack of cooperation among the co-implementing entities also negatively affected the implementation of the Strategy. The results and terms of the actions are not clear and measurable, which makes it difficult to assess them.
The examination of human rights violation and pressure cases recorded between January-July 2017 give sufficient grounds to conclude that the conditions for human rights defenders and their activities are in adequate for a full-fledged protection of the rights and interests of citizens and social groups in Armenia.
The report summarizes the results of the observation conducted in 60 polling stations and 10 Territorial election Commissions. “Independent Observer” Public Alliance believes that the Yerevan City Council Elections of May 14, 2017 were held in a blatant violation of the essential principles of democratic elections.
At its presentation held in Yerevan on June 13, 2017, the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance presented the working version of the report prepared as a result of observing the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and the report was revised based on the comments and recommendations heard during the presentation.
Approaches of “Partnership for Open Society” Initiative Regarding COMPREHENSIVE AND EXTENDED PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT To Be Signed between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia20/10/2017
Based on both positive and negative experience of the civil society in establishing cooperation with international and national state institutes, its success and failures, “Partnership for Open Society” Initiative expects that the Civil Society Platform will not have a merely formal nature, but a real and substantial participation in the process of implementation of the Agreement.
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform STATEMENT On the Publication of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union18/10/2017
Armenian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum welcomes the publication of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union, submitted to the Council of the European Union for a decision.
If Arkadi Kochinyan is killed or commits a suicide or self-injury or if any such attempts are committed, the full responsibility will be borne by the RA Ministry of Justice, RA MoJ Penitentiary Department and administration of ‘Nubarashen’ penitentiary facilities.
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Statement On the current state of the local self-government system of the Republic of Armenia and the ongoing reforms15/10/2017
As a result periodic analyses are made and are presented to the RA relevant authorities, as well as are publicized through the media. One of these analyses was presented on September 11, 2017 at the conference of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform on “Civil society engagement in the administrative-territorial reforms in Armenia”.
The court examined and rejected the motion filed by Ani Chatinyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor, at the previous hearing to discontinue the proceedings and apply to the RA Constitutional Court. The Court supported its rejection by the fact that the plaintiffs were not deprived of the opportunity to apply to the Constitutional Court.
Police officials visited a person in detention facilities and urged him to assume responsibility for 3 theft cases14/10/2017
By deciding to suspend the criminal proceedings, investigator for high-profile cases S. Avetisyan bypassed the fact of abuse of power by the investigator in charge of the proceedings and the police officials. Also, the impact of the police actions on A. H. was not examined, especially given that during the questioning he noted that his fear of police officers deepened after the incident.
RA Police does not consider expedient analyzing application of ‘Guideline for Police Actions during Elections’12/10/2017
Anyway, we believe that the RA Police will definitely address the issues raised by us and we are ready as on the day before the NA elections to take part in assessing the application of the Guidelines.
Information on the course of preliminary investigation into criminal proceedings initiated on interfering with ‘Lori’ TV editor-in-chief Narine Avetisyan’s professional journalistic activities11/10/2017
Within the preliminary investigation into the criminal case, the investigating body decided to assign a forensic medical examination and a forensic computer and technical expert examination.
At the end of the visit Mr. Dainius Pūras shared his preliminary observations on the healthcare system in RA. He stated that there are good opportunities to achieve the progressive realization of the right to health in Armenia but public authorities should step up efforts to address structural and systemic challenges, both in law and practice, in order to fulfill its obligations under international law to promote and protect human rights.