“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.
Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process – a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’êtreDecember 12, 2017
We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), believe that restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative.
“We can record a positive tendency in Armenia, if by Constitution and international agreements steps are undertaken towards the fulfillment of the obligations, which we have not witnessed. Therefore, it is even an absurd to speak of any positive progress”, speaking about human rights defense in the Republic of Armenia, told human rights defender, Arthur Sakunts.
Очень удивительно, что сам Серж Саргсян во время встреч глав ОДКБ почему-то вдруг в своем выступлении говорит, что Армения – приверженец семейных ценностей, которые проповедует также Российская Федерация. Я так понимаю, что закон о семейном насилии имеет политическое значение как индикатор определения: ты имеешь проевразийскую, прокремлевскую или проевропейскую ориентацию или ценности.
On December 4, 2017, following the reversal by the RA Court of Appeal, proceedings were initiated in respect to Taron Siradeghyan’s claim against the RA Police at the RA Administrative Court.
The Military Prosecutor’s Office disregards the decision made by the Chairperson of the Central Military Medical Commission and continues the criminal prosecution against the conscriptDecember 6, 2017
Conscript V. H., who has been receiving regular deferment since 2014, was recognized as fit for military service with some restrictions by the RA Central Military Medical Commission in January 2017. However, the conscript, disagreeing with the decision, refused to leave for military service.
Серж Саргсян своей властью завел нас, образно говоря, в закрытую структуру, похожую на уголовно-исполнительное учреждения, где открыл небольшое окно, откуда идет свежий воздух и свет, и начал прославлять этот шаг, рассматривая подписание соглашения ЕС-РА, – выражает свое мнение руководитель Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.
On November 29, 2017 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office hosted the students of Vanadzor School N 16. They were interested in the activities of the Organization in the field of human rights.
On December 1, 2017 the RA Administrative Court recommenced the proceedings in protester Vahram Petrosyan’s case and appointed a day for pronouncing the decision.
According to Sakunts, those who believe that visa liberalization may cause an increase in emigration, base their opinion on the thesis that the reforms prescribed by the agreement will not be implemented.
Following the re-opening in Vanadzor, the censored “Eclipse” exhibition is to be shown in other citiesDecember 2, 2017
The “Eclipse” exhibition, which was closed in Yerevan, re-opened in Vanadzor on November 29, 2017.
First, let’s note that they signed this document merely owing to the financial expectations. And these changes can also be accounted for by these expectations. However, I’m not positive the authorities will make those changes unless we put pressure on them. And with all this, I’m confident that our authorities are not the bearer of comprehensive human rights defense because if they were, they would not propose the nation-army concept, especially without putting it down to paper.
Tajikistan should mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by ratifying the Disability Rights ConventionDecember 2, 2017
One hundred local, regional and international civil society organizations and independent experts jointly issuing this statement call on Tajikistan to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on 3 December, by swiftly ratifying the Convention.