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.
“Punisher will be the country’s president”: whether the candidates complied with Serzh Sargsyan’s warnings not to go beyond the boundariesApril 25, 2017
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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
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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.
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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
In response to HCA Vanadzor’s inquiry on the investigative actions taken in 2016 to establish the death circumstances of the ten victims of March 1, 2008, the suspects and accused involved in the initiated criminal proceedings and the charges brought against them, the RA Special Investigation Service again stated that the preliminary investigation was in progress but due to the secrecy of preliminary investigation they could disclose no information on the actions taken.
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