The 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.
Court accepted the right of observation mission to challenge in administrative court violation of its observer’s rights
As 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.
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.
The 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.
HCA Vanadzor and organization’s observer challenge in a court of law the legitimacy of the election commission’s actions
During 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.
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.
Today, 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.
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.
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.
On April 7, 2017, the General Jurisdiction Court of Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun administrative districts of Yerevan, presided by judge A. Nikoghosyan, resumed examination of the complaint of ‘Electric Yerevan’ participant Mikayel Kirakosyan against the RA SIS’s decree on suspending the criminal proceedings initiated on the crime report on forced apprehension and receiving injuries.
On April 3, 2017, the General Jurisdiction Court of Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun administrative districts of Yerevan city, presided by judge A. Nikoghosyan, resumed examination of HCA Vanadzor’s complaint against the decree of K. Khanumyan, Investigator for High-Profile Cases at the RA Investigation Committee, on rejecting initiation of criminal proceedings of September 29, 2016. Note that the agency responsible for the proceedings under this case had rejected initiation of criminal proceedings on the fact that N. Davidyan, Director of the Republican Scientific Center for Radiation Medicine and Burns CJSC, disclosed confidential medical information on Kajik Grigoryan, who burnt himself on Baghramyan Avenue on July 31, 2016.
At 17th session of UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Armenian NGO representatives presented the progress in implementation of CRPD
At the briefing of March 27, 2017 at the 17th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, representatives of Armenian NGOs, including HCA Vanadzor representatives Susanna Davtyan and Marieta Temuryan, presented the progress in implementation of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.