Reference on Actions Taken by Legal Team of Independent Observer’ Public Alliance during and after National Assembly Elections of April 2, 2017April 21, 2017 Information Paper
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.
In police stations, most of the detainees “obtain” a status of a witness without notice and are questioned in the framework of the aforementioned case despite the fact that they have never been notified of the need to appear and give testimony on the given case.
When protesters commenced their actions, the police concentrated massive forces and tried to forcibly remove protesters from the territory.
Some protesters were detained. The Police reported that the number of detained persons was 20.
Taking into consideration the available videos from the scene as well as the peaceful behavior demonstrated by protesters up to now, we state that criminal prosecution against them is unacceptable and unlawful.
On April 16, 2018 HCA Vanadzor submitted a crime report to the RA General Prosecutor’s Office in regard to attacking and beating students on Heratsi Street.
An alert was received through the Joint Hotline of Human Rights Defenders in regard to police officers hindering protesters’ free movement even across the crosswalk.
Alerts were received through the Joint Hotline of Human Rights Defenders. According to those alerts, a great number of youths were detained by the police in different parts of Yerevan. Youths are mainly detained in the territory of educational institutions and parks, where accumulations of young persons can be noticed.
A few hours after the assembly, a group of persons, who presented themselves as protesters, started to demonstrate aggressive behavior, breaking street signs and traffic lights, swearing and throwing stones at police officers.
We hereby condemn the grave violation of the peaceful protesters’ right to freedom and inviolability as well as the right to freedom of assembly and demand to immediately cease the peaceful protesters’ persecution and release the protesters deprived of freedom.
We have just been informed that the client of Arayik Zalyan, advocate at HCA Vanadzor, was taken to the Yerevan Central Police Station for committing an administrative offense and was photographed against his will in violation of his rights.
Accumulation of Jeeps without number plates on Arshakunyats Avenue and dozens of black cars at Tokhmakh Mher’s petrol station; the film crew of Factor TV that captured the picture was being followed by a car with no number plates; the driver was wearing a mask: PHOTOS, VIDEOSApril 17, 2018
Some time ago, the readers of Factor.am alerted that there was an accumulation of a great number of cars with no number plates, mainly Jeeps, near the petrol station on Arshakunyats Avenue. Our film crew immediately headed for the mentioned place to find out the aim for which those cars were accumulated.
HCA Vanadzor was alerted to the fact that today, on April 17, police officers detained 6 youths on Frik Street in Yerevan and took them away in a yellow VAZ-2124 with 34 TM 967 on the state number plate.