“Independent Observer”. Yerevan City Council elections May 14, 2017: Final ReportJuly 19, 2017 Own, Report
“Independent Observer” Public Alliance represented by Helsinki Citizens Assembly – Vanadzor and Union of Informed Citizens, observed Yerevan City Council elections within “Enhancing capacities of domestic observer organizations” component of “Long-term Electoral Assistance to Election related Stakeholders of Armenia” Project by the European Union and Council of Europe. Observers accredited from Goris Press Club also participated in the observation.
The report summarizes the results of the observation conducted in 60 polling stations and 10 Territorial election Commissions. The presentation of the working version of the report was held on June 13th and the report was revised based on the comments and recommendations heard during the presentation.
The full report see HERE
“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.
Reaffirming the recommendation presented in the report on RA National Assembly elections and in addition to them, “Independent Observer” Alliance recommends the following:
- Legally stipulate the reasonable volume of credible information on electoral violations, electoral fraud, and particularly distribution of electoral bribe and abuse of administrative resources for cancelling the registration of a candidate (including a party) or the election results
- Decide on the final results of the elections after allowing reasonable time for adequate investigation of reports about electoral fraud and electoral violations
- Amend the Electoral Code to stipulate the specifics of processing urgent matters, to set up a hotline and to allow sending applications and complaints to the commissions electronically.
Recently, HCA Vanadzor has been receiving alerts on the quality of food in penitentiary institutions from prisoners and convicts. Publications are regularly published by the mass media in connection with the food that does not meet the established standards.
Vanadzor PI prisoner E. Y., who is suffering from multiple health problems, is in a damp quarantine cell. As reported by him, the damp of the cell has a negative effect on his state of health, and his request to be transferred to the infirmary was rejected by Acting Head of the PI V. Yeghiazaryan.
The RA Criminal Code provision on civilian recruits abandoning the place of service arbitrarily changes; HCA Vanadzor has submitted proposals on thatFebruary 20, 2018
On February 13, 2018 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office submitted proposals to the RA Ministry of Justice with regard to the RA Draft Law on Introducing an Amendment in Article 327.1 Part 1 of the RA Criminal Code (Civilian Recruits Abandoning the Place of Service Arbitrarily).
HCA Vanadzor submitted a petition on the Draft Laws on Making Amendments and Additions in the Laws on the Investigative Committee and the Special Investigation ServiceFebruary 20, 2018
On February 16, 2018 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office submitted a petition, through which proposals were presented with regard to the RA Draft Law on Making Amendments and Additions in the RA Law on the Special Investigation Service. With the draft laws it is proposed to reserve the appointment of the chairperson and the deputy chairperson of the Investigation Committee … Continue reading
On the basis of the findings of the examination of M. H.’s state of health, the experts concluded that the conscript needed a deferment for the purpose of observation through further examinations at the CMC.
The Partnership for Open Society Initiative jointly with the OSF-Armenia Justice Group are pleased to invite you to participate in a public discussion titled “Separation of Powers and Ensuring Checks and Balances in a Parliamentary System of Governance.”
The document provided by the MoD representative does not include all the required information; HCA Vanadzor will persist in the claim submittedFebruary 15, 2018
However, they include the contents of new legislative acts, while HCA Vanadzor had requested the manual approved by the order issued by the RA Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff on January 15, 2014.
STATEMENT On the physical and psychological violence against Marina Khachatryan, the member of “Yerkir Tsirani” communityFebruary 14, 2018
The public display of the force one more time proves and highlights the propoganding and disseminating tendencies of the current impunity, as well as the culture of resovling the violation issues by the ruling party’s administration
HCA Vanadzor submitted proposals on the draft decisions of the RA Government establishing the procedures and conditions for granting a deferment of compulsory military serviceFebruary 9, 2018
On February 2, 2018 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office submitted proposals to the RA Defense Ministry with regard to the draft decisions of the RA Government establishing the procedures and conditions for granting a deferment of compulsory military service to citizens having considerable achievements in the fields of science and education, culture and art as well as sport.
Today, on February 7, 2018, the RA Administrative Court of Appeal rejected the appeal lodged by protester Vardan Balyan and his representative T. Siradeghyan, lawyer at the representative office of HCA Vanadzor in Yerevan.
More than three months ago a criminal case was initiated and then terminated in connection with the threats addressed to Mher Arshakyan; however, HCA Vanadzor received the decision only after the second inquiryFebruary 7, 2018
On October 24, 2017 a criminal case was initiated on the basis of the crime report submitted by HCA Vanadzor in regard to the threats towards journalist and publicist Mher Arshakyan. Two months later the criminal case was terminated.
«Периодически поступающие угрозы в адрес коллектива медиаресурса являются следствием безнаказанности. Именно бездействие правоохранительных органов стали причиной этого. Такие угрозы, как взорвать, убить, очень серьезные, чтобы их оставлять без внимания. Это не что иное, как давление на свободу слова», – заявил корреспонденту «Кавказского узла» глава Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи, правозащитник Артур Сакунц.