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“Punisher will be the country’s president”: whether the candidates complied with Serzh Sargsyan’s warnings not to go beyond the boundaries

Serzh-2-600x323Still before the parliamentary elections “Zhoghovurd” Daily informed that Serzh Sargsyan had warned the candidates of parties on the national rating lists not to go beyond the bounds by trying to steal the votes of their team member. Ex-chairman of the RA SRC Hovhannes Hovsepyan was appointed to oversee that process. The latter was to oversee their candidates on the rating list to have a clear insight after the elections as to who was able to provide a certain amount of votes for the party.

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Russian Military Base Violates Interstate Agreement with Armenia

eng149263443392The leadership of the 102nd Russian military base has again violated the Armenian-Russian interstate agreement because it did not immediately inform the Armenian law enforcement agencies about the disappearance of the serviceman from the military base, the human rights activist Arthur Sakunts told Lragir.am.

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UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities presented its concerns to the RA Government

123The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities presented its Concluding Observations on Armenia’s Report on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Court accepted the right of observation mission to challenge in administrative court violation of its observer’s rights

mhm0108384.thumb_-238x178As reported before, HCA Vanadzor and its observer challenge the lawfulness of the actions of district election commission №14 at the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017. Note that upon noticing cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region), O.A., who conducted observation mission within ‘Independent Observer’ Alliance, suggested that the commission chairperson recorded the fraud in the register but was denied. A relevant complaint was also rejected by the district election commission №14 insisting that the fraud was recorded.

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Court declared unlawful the Yerevan Municipality’s inaction

On April 19, 2017 the RA Administrative Court announced its judgment after examining the claim against Yerevan Municipality of Armine Tangiyan and her representative Tatevik Siradeghyan, lawyer at Yerevan Office of HCA Vanadzor.

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More than 70 young lawyers trained under ‘Vanadzor Legal Clinic’ Project since 2013

DSC_0004The graduates of the fourth ‘Vanadzor Legal Clinic’ Project launched in 2016 by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor with the financial support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee received graduation certificates.

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HCA Vanadzor and organization’s observer challenge in a court of law the legitimacy of the election commission’s actions

4023640During the observation mission carried out by the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance on RA NA election day of April 2, 2017, an observer of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region) noticed, among other frauds, some cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently and then suggested recording that fraud in the polling station election commission’s register. The chairperson of the commission rejected the request without any grounds.

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No criminal proceedings to be initiated based on Prime Minister’s statement on low-quality fuel

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor filed a crime report with the RA Prosecutor General’s Office regarding RA Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s widely-discussed statement on the failure in the military technical equipment due to low-quality oil products.

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Hunger-striker Hrachya Boyajyan taken to medical unit of the penitentiary facilities

77777_bToday, HCA Vanadzor lawyer Arayik Zalyan, defense counsel of Hrachya Boyajyan who took part in Sari Tagh district protest, visited his client detained at ‘Nubarashen’ penitentiary facilities. The latter was on hunger strike for already 10 days and was kept on ground floor of the penitentiary facilities. The Group of Public Observers Monitoring RA MoJ Penitentiary Facilities and Institutions voiced repeatedly the poor conditions of the cells on that floor.    

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RA SIS assures: investigative actions on March 1 case are taken but cannot be disclosed

In response to HCA Vanadzor’s inquiry on the investigative actions taken in 2016 to establish the death circumstances of the ten victims of March 1, 2008, the suspects and accused involved in the initiated criminal proceedings and the charges brought against them, the RA Special Investigation Service again stated that the preliminary investigation was in progress but due to the secrecy of preliminary investigation they could disclose no information on the actions taken.

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Armenia to become more dependent on Russia

As already known, Constitution Expert Hrayr Tovmasyan, Chief of Staff of RA NA, stated that the new parliament would start its work on April 27 unless the ANC (Armenian National Congress)-APP (Armenian People’s Party) Bloc appealed the election results before the Constitutional Court. According to Hrayr Tovmasyan, the Standing Committees on European Integration and Human Rights Protection and Public Affairs will most likely be downsized. He also pointed out that on the day the new parliament held its first session, the Government would resign in compliance with the Constitution.

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The right to pension of missing person’s mother will be restored: the court found DM decree invalid

On April 10, 2017, the RA Administrative Court, presided by judge K. Avetisyan, announced its judgment resulting from the examination of the claim of missing person’s mother Svetlana Sargsyan and her representative T. Siradeghyan, lawyer at Yerevan Office of HCA Vanadzor, against the RA Ministry of Defense.

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