Reference on Actions Taken by Legal Team of Independent Observer’ Public Alliance during and after National Assembly Elections of April 2, 2017April 21, 2017 Reference
On the election day, the observers recorded over 3058 alerts on frauds and reported 205 of the cases to the legal team.
On 205 alerts received from the observers, the lawyers provided verbal consultations and drafted relevant written documents, applications, complaints, suggestions and crime reports.
Accordingly, the alerts may be classified into the groups below:
- Calls seeking consultation (interpretation of a provision, procedure established by law, settlement of a situation, etc.);
- Alerts on violations of the voting procedure that observers could not cope with independently;
- Violations of observer’s rights;
- Information on obvious elements of crime.
In cases related to seeking consultation or procedural violations and/or violations of observers’ rights, the lawyers tried to find a rapid response mechanism to remove the problems, i.e. to solve them on the spot, which they achieved by providing advice on the procedure established by law, phone talks with chairpersons of election commissions and in several cases by calling the hotlines of the district election commissions and police.
And in cases the issues raised by the observers concerned information on crimes and there were certain relevant evidence available, crime reports were prepared and submitted to the RA Police and RA Prosecutor General’s Office and published on HCA Vanadzor’s website: www.hcav.am.
As for alerts on the actions or inaction or lawfulness of the decisions of the district election commissions that could not be solved by calls, consultation or any other means, in such cases relevant applications, complaints or suggestions were submitted to the competent election commissions.
For details see the reference.
While 24 years have passed after the end of the war, around 1200 families still live in those buildings. The buildings are in poor condition: damp walls, broken windows, dark and cold corridors, dripping ceilings. Despite these harsh conditions, people continue to live and hope that one day everything will be fine.
A number of former civil servants wrote to HCA Vanadzor on the recent staff reduction at the RA Control Chamber. According to their letter, the staff reduction at the Control Chamber was done in violation of provisions of the law. Particularly, the staff reduction violated the provision of Article 29 of the RA Law on Civil Service, according to which: “In case of staff reduction, the preferential right to continue work activity shall be given to pregnant civil servants or civil servants with a child under 3 or civil servants drafted into conscript military service and in case of equality of this condition to the civil servant with a higher rank in civil service and in the case of equality of this condition to the civil servant with the greatest length of service in civil service”.
‘Independent Observer’ Alliance presented observation results of RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and Yerevan City Council elections of May 14, 2017June 16, 2017
At its presentation held in Yerevan on June 13, 2017, the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance presented the working versions of the reports prepared as a result of observing the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and Yerevan City Council (Council of Elders) elections of May 14, 2017.
Today, Abkhazian is spoken mostly in rural areas; only half of the Abkhazian families settled in urban areas speak Abkhazian, many of them prefer taking their children to Russian schools and kindergartens. They justify it by saying that “The Russian influence is too big” and add: “The Abkhazian alphabet does not even fully reflect the structure of the language, most Abkhazians have difficulties pronouncing some sounds.” They realize that the language is lost but insist that this is caused by the historic circumstances, constant wars and unstable political situation.
On June 13, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan city ruled on the complaint filed under ‘Mataghis’ case back on January 8, 2006.
The Court first heard complainant A. Zalyan’s opinion on the materials submitted to the Court by the representative of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office at the previous hearing. Such materials concerned the investigative actions carried out back in 2007.
After Cassation Court reversed the judicial act, the complaint under ‘Mataghis’ case is again in first instance courtJune 10, 2017
Today, on June 9, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan city started examination of the complaint filed on January 8, 2006 under ‘Mataghis’ case.
Successor of Lia Misakyan who died at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center in 2013 demands material and moral damage compensation from doctorsJune 10, 2017
On June 8, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts started examination of the claim for material and moral damage compensation of G. Misakyan, successor to 2-year-and-3-month-old Lia Misakyan who died at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center on January 2, 2013.
By their claim, G. Misakyan and his representatives, Arayik Zalyan and Ani Chatinyan, lawyers at HCA Vanadzor, demand seizing from ‘Arabkir’ Joint Medical Center – Institute of Child and Adolescent Health LLC and L. Vardanyan and Z. Ayvazyan, doctors at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center, 15,000.000 AMD for moral damage and 1,690.000 AMD as material damage.
The RA Administrative Court accepted HCA Vanadzor’s claim against the RA Central Electoral Commission. By its claim, the Organization required to compel the RA CEC to provide a proper response to its application-suggestion of March 30, 2017.
Contradiction in the testimonies of the victim under the case of the serviceman who committed suicide: preliminary testimonies were disclosedJune 10, 2017
On June 8, 2017 the RA General Jurisdiction Court of Syunik marz (region) carried on examination of the case of Gevorg Khachatryan who committed suicide at a military unit of the RA NSS border guard troops on November 28, 2015.
RA Cassation Court sent complaint under ‘Mataghis’ case for re-examination; court hearing to be held on June 9, 2017June 9, 2017
As we informed before, following the European Court of Human Rights judgment on ‘Mataghis’ case of March 19, 2016, on September 13, 2016 Arayik Zalyan applied to the RA Cassation Court to initiate proceedings based on new circumstances.
(Berlin) – A prominent human rights defender in Armenia has received death threats, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately investigate the threats, made on the rights defender’s Facebook page, and ensure that he gets the protection he needs.
Police demands to prosecute protesters for obstructing the normal course of the assembly, but provides no relevant recordsJune 7, 2017
On June 6, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examination of the claim by the Police against protester Hasmik Evoyan and the counter-claim on declaring the police actions unlawful.