Freedom of Information and Speech
On November 30, 2017 within the framework of the hearing before the RA Administrative Court in regard to the claim of receiving a copy of the manual on military service restrictions it became clear that the RA Ministry of Defense had not published the manual in the system of arlis.am.
The video submitted by the Respondent is to be examined at the upcoming hearing of the case of the Mashtots Avenue demonstrator
On November 8, 2017, the hearing of Geghetsik Tonoyan, the Mashtots Avenue demonstrator, started at the RA Administrative Court.
In his reply of September 23, 2017, A. Margaryan, Head of the Legal Department of the RA Police, provided information only on the latter question of the inquiry and as for the other ones, he mentioned that such information was considered confidential by RA Government decrees and he might not provide any information. He also added that the Concept for RA Police Development in 2017-2022, currently under development, will cover a suggestion on declassifying such information.
On September 8, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examining the case of V. Petrosyan, who took part in the protest in Mashtots Avenue in March 2016.
Mashtots Avenue protester Tonoyan’s representative motioned to partially suspend the case proceedings
Since no report on any offence under Article 180.1(11), RA Code of Administrative Offences was drafted at the police department and no such report was submitted to the court, T. Siradeghyan motioned to suspend the proceedings on that part. The Court will consider the motion later.
Ministry of Defense declassified the Manual on Limitations on Military Service for Conscripts with Health Problems; in August it will be accessible on arlis.am
According to the Defense Ministry’s representative, as early as late August, the manual will be already available in arlis.am system in form of an Annex to RA Defense Minister’s Decree № 410-N of August 4. 2013.
Some criminal cases in ‘Datalex’ system became inaccessible as a result of “new technological solutions”
Lately, information on some criminal cases in ‘Datalex’ judicial information system has become inaccessible at all. The search results in limited information about the case with the note “Information is limited” and when trying to open the case, a window appears with the note: “You are not authorized to view this case”. The problem concerns especially military cases.
In response to T. Siradeghyan’s question on the evidence proving that any order was issued to V. Petrosyan, S. Melikyan mentioned that there was no such evidence, except for the explanations of the police officers.
Police demands to prosecute protesters for obstructing the normal course of the assembly, but provides no relevant records
On June 6, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examination of the claim by the Police against protester Hasmik Evoyan and the counter-claim on declaring the police actions unlawful.
On May 29, 2017 the RA Court of Appeals resumed examination of protester Vahram Petronsyan’s case.
Defense Ministry to clarify at the Administrative Court: what are the military service limitations for conscripts with health problems?
Under provision of legal assistance to conscripts and their families, HCA Vanadzor often identifies cases when persons with health problems incompatible with military services are drafted to the armed forces. Usually, persons with various health problems are declared fit for military service with limitations and it is not often clearly defined what extent of physical activity is prescribed for what health problems.
On October 26, 2016, the RA Administrative Court of Appeals, presided by judge A. Arakelyan, examined HCA Vanadzor’s appeal against the RA Administrative Court’s judgment of March 22, 2016. Note that upon examining the claim on compelling the National Security Service under the RA Government, the RA Administrative Court ruled to fully reject it. The judgment was based on the … Continue reading