Regressive and Restricted Human Rights in the Constitutional Changes, Rights Defenders
The chapter on human rights in the project of constitutional changes encompasses controversial and regressive provisions which, actually, are not amended in the edited variant which the Parliament voted for on October 5.

Artur Sakunts, Head of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office; Heriknaz Tigranyan, Legal Adviser of Transparency International Anticorruption Center; Avetik Ishkhanyan, Head of Helsinki Committee of Armenia; and Armen Grigoryan, “You Won’t Pass” Civic Initiative, political analyst shared thoughts on the chapter regarding human rights in the constitutional changes at an online debate entitled held by the Media Center and cybercast at

Heriknaz Tigranyan believes the new project has tricky clauses, namely “vulnerability” in regard to social rights.

“If the current Constitution fails to specify labor rights, in the proposed project you can never find apartment rights or right to health insurance,” Tigranyan said.

Though the recent variant which was put to the vote on October 5 was edited, there are still norms which, along with their formulations, observe an obvious regress in human rights field, even as compared with the initial project.

“This project defines a person cannot do a thing which violates others’ rights and goes against laws and the Constitution. Thus, any action a person may take can be restricted referring to the fundamentals of the constitution,” Tigranyan said.

The adoption of the constitution, Armen Grigoryan believes, does not reflect the real tendencies in the society.

“The survey APR Group has conducted shows 65 percent of the society thinks the constitutional changes unnecessary, while 15 percent do not know if they need these changes or not. Consequently, the majority does not set forth such a demand,” Grigoryan said.

The only cause of initiating constitutional changes is to keep Serzh Sargsyan in power, Grigoryan believes.

Avetik Ishkhanyan who speaks for the parliamentary system said he cannot stand the fact that the demand comes from the government rather than people.

“I can hardly point out a country where authorities will themselves choose to restrict their power. And suddenly, our authorities become kind and decide to divide their power, do they?” said Ishkhanyan.

The elaboration phase of the constitutional changes project did not go in line with the Law on Legal Acts, Artur Sakunts believes.

“The Venice Commission sets forth mutual trust as a requirement for changing the constitution. We can see different manifestations of “No” to the authorities’ initiative and a lack of dialogue,” Sakunts said.

Artur Sakunts describes as a negative reality the fact that the principle of direct applicability of constitutional norms is cancelled in the project of constitutional changes.

Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
Election Race in the Armenian Online Platforms - 2018
Region research center conducted a research on Election Race in the Armenian Online Platforms – 2018 researching 22 Facebook pages of the political forces standing in the elections in 6 online platforms since November 1.
On December 18 HCA Vanadzor office presented a report on The Rights of Army Recruits in Winter 2017 and Summer 2018 at Media Center.
“The New Parliament: Mechanisms to Control the Authorities and Shape Counterbalance”.
On December 14 Media Center initiated an online live debate at A1Plus pavilion on “The New Parliament: Mechanisms to Control the Authorities and Shape Counterbalance”.
Human Rights Violations in Penitentiary Institutions in 2017-2018
The years long prevailing issues in penitentiary institutions remain unsolved. This was the note struck by public group of monitors conducting supervision over RA ministry of justice penitentiary institutions on December 13 Media Center discussion.
Human Rights in 2018: Annual Sum Up
For 25-30 years issues related to human rights violations in Armenia have been in our spotlight: Such was the notice of Larisa Alaverdyan, head of “Fighting Against Violations of Law” NGO, first Ombudsperson of Armenia on December 12 at Media Center press conference.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events