“Independent Observer”. RA Parliamentary Elections April 2, 2017 Final ReportJuly 19, 2017 Own, Report
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.
The report summarizes the results of long-term and short-term observation conducted by “Independent Observer” Alliance. A separate reference to legal actions undertaken in relation to the electoral violations presented in the report was prepared separately. A summary of the reference is presented in the report.
The full report see HERE
The “Independent Observer” Public Alliance considers the RA National Assembly elections of April 2, 2017 as absolutely non-free and accompanied by gross infringements of RA citizens’ civil and political rights and recorded.
- Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs), the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, and the Police and other law-enforcement agencies all affected the Election Day.
- The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far.
- The RA National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous and organized violations and widespread control over the voters.
Власти пытаются лишить фигурантов как дела Сефиляна, так и обоих дел “Сасна Црер” эффективной защиты, чтобы полностью контролировать ход резонансных процессов, считает глава Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) – a network of human rights NGOs from Europe, the former Soviet Union and North America – are seriously concerned that independent defense lawyers working on high-profile cases in Armenia have been subjected to harassment and obstruction by state agents in the performance of their professional duties. We call on the authorities of the country to put an end to this worrying pattern and ensure that all lawyers can carry out their work without hindrance.
By its letters of June 16 and July 12, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights stated that the ECtHR received the complaints of ‘Sari Tagh’ district protesters Gagik Mikayelyan and Hovhannes Ghazaryan.
“If you go on filing applications and complaining, you’ll face bad consequences.” Convict alerts of threats and the Penitentiary Department denies themAugust 2, 2017
On June 21, 2017 HCA Vanadzor got a call from Armen Shamiryan, convict at ‘Armavir’ penitentiary facilities, who said that the administration of the penitentiary facilities threatened him through their 11 staff members. “I quote the Head’s words: “If you go on filing applications and complaining, you’ll face bad consequences”, he said on phone.
Medical and Social Expert Examination Agency granted the complaint of the woman not granted disability degree in the 8th yearAugust 2, 2017
Zh. Ch.’s health problems are caused by arterial pressure fluctuations. She is under constant medical surveillance. This is evidenced by the epicrises given by medical facilities. While in the recent 8 years, there were no positive changes in the woman’s health, the members of the medical and social re-examination commission did not pay any attention to it and arbitrarily decided not to grant her any disability degree.
In the former, the representative of ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center stated that the damage was not caused by the fault of the Medical Center; it was not considered a public institution and should not provide any compensation in the sense of the RA Civil Code. Also, the Medical Center’s representative does not consider reasonable the amount of the moral damages and asks the Court to reject the claim.
Judicial sanctions are also applied against attorneys if they refuse to be inspected before entering the courtroom or leave it without the judge’s permission. First, the attorneys refusing inspection are not allowed to enter the courtroom and refusing inspection is qualified as disobeying a legal order of a bailiff; on this basis, an application is submitted to the Chamber of Advocates to impose disciplinary liability on the attorney.
Today, on July 28, 2017 the RA Administrative Court, presided by judge K. Baghdasaryan, announced its judgment after examination of conscript Hovhannes Mosyan’s claim against the RA Central Medical Commission’s decision.
Witnesses questioned on the case of causing serviceman to commit suicide insist that they were guided by the investigatorJuly 28, 2017
Witness A. Sargsyan said that after consulting a lawyer, he realized that he might change his testimonies provided during the preliminary investigation and decided to tell the truth during the confrontation. Upon the motion of the prosecution party, the Court disclosed the testimonies of the witness given during the preliminary investigation and then the parties asked questions on the contradictions.
On July 23, 2017, in the evening, the RA Ministry of Defense shared information stating that on July 23, 2017, at about 6:30 am, in the area near the RA MoD military unit № N, the body of junior sergeant, conscript soldier Vardan Melkonyan /father’s name: Artavazd/ who voluntarily left the unit, was found hung (born in 1998, Vanadzor Military Registration and Enrollment Office). To establish the circumstances of the case, investigation is in progress.
After over than a year of alerts, the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally took measures to protect the rights of RA citizen convicted in UkraineJuly 28, 2017
The Ukraine Court of Cassation reversed the case of RA citizen Edgar Gevorgyan sentenced to life imprisonment in Ukraine and sent it to the court of first instance for re-examination. The reversal was based on the deprivation of the defendant of the right to an interpreter.
Drafting of conscripts with health problems is the main concern of conscripts and their family membersJuly 26, 2017
On July 18 and July 20, 2017 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor initiated trainings in Ashtarak and Gyumri, respectively, on ‘Fundamentals of human rights. Rights and duties of conscripts and servicemen; legal regulations on protection of conscripts’ rights’.