EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Statement On the current state of the local self-government system of the Republic of Armenia and the ongoing reforms
As a result periodic analyses are made and are presented to the RA relevant authorities, as well as are publicized through the media. One of these analyses was presented on September 11, 2017 at the conference of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform on “Civil society engagement in the administrative-territorial reforms in Armenia”.
Armenian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum is deeply concerned about the over 12-month detention of Andreas Ghukasyan, member of “New Armenia” opposition movement
Human Rights and Justice Advocates at Serious Risk in the OSCE Region. An Appeal from the Civic Solidarity Platform
We call on all OSCE participating States to implement the OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, which are based on OSCE commitments and universally recognized human rights standards that the participating States are bound to respect.
In case of failure to take steps in the abovementioned directions, we consider that the OSCE should discuss the termination of Russia’s participation in the OSCE Minsk Group.
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.
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.
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform finds unacceptable the censorship and discrimination displayed within the framework of “Golden Apricot” film festival
Welcoming the readiness of various organizations to screen the discussed films, as well as to present the whole “Armenians: Internal and External View” programme outside the official framework of the festival, we acknowledge it as an evidence of mobilization of public resource to confront discrimination and censorship. We are convinced that manifestations of intolerance have nothing to do with national interests and are nothing but a provocation aimed at hampering Armenia’s progress.
In the past years, human rights defenders have on several occasions been targeted by governmental repression. This latest attack on human rights defenders comes amidst a wave of repression after the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016 which has affected a much wider group of persons than those who may have been directly involved in the coup attempt, including journalists, lawyers and politicians. Only last month, Taner Kiliç, the president of Amnesty International Turkey, was arrested together with 22 other lawyers.
We – the undersigned CSO representatives demand:
– From law enforcement bodies to conduct a proper and impartial investigation of the case and bring the offenders to responsibility.
– From all state and local self-government bodies to be fair and impartial complying with the requirements of law, as well as to be consistent so that perpetrators of such actions do not escape responsibility.
We strictly condemnthe actions taken by the Police in the Court of General Jurisdiction of Avan and Nor Nork Administrative Districts on June 28, 2017, which we find: Public and unpunished encroachment against the independence of the judiciary, Public punitive action, as well as physical and psychological pressure against individuals for their political views, Crime humiliating human dignity, an open action of public intimidation.