The three-level system of parole involving the administration of penitentiary institutions, independent committee and court needs improvement. The current system seems problematic. This statement was made by the members of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring of Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia at the Media Center hosted press conference.
The lawyers of Shant Harutyunyan and 13 other defendants demand appropriate trial facilities which will enable their representatives to fulfill their mission and their relatives to follow the trial process at the court hall.
The civic initiative protesting against the decision of the RA Public Services Regulatory Commission on launching the review process for the electricity tariffs claims that the current tariff cannot be increased, urging the Commission to define the price setting policy.
At June 8 local elections no serious acts of electoral fraud and violence were observed. However, the present situation does not imply a democratic election process since elections are not to be limited to the voting day only. In general, the elections were not competitive, with 2 or 3 candidates nominated in most polling stations.
Only 10 Armenian citizens will be traveling to Brazil to attend the 20th FIFA World Cup Brazil. The Embassy of Brazil in Armenia has so far received and processed 10 visa applications, all of which are approved, with two visa applicants winning a World Cup tour and one applicant going to assist the organizers as a volunteer.
The lawyers of Vardan Petrosyan (whohas been under arrestfor over 6 months already) qualify hispretrial detention as an unreasonable act and transgression of the presumption of innocence principle. Therefore, they intend to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.
To resolve the “March First” case the Special Investigation Service ought to involve in the case a number of Armenian and Karabakh high-level officials, militaries and the then marz governors, as well as carry out a comprehensive public investigation into the country’s deadly post-election unrest, subsequently reporting the findings to the public.
Irrespective of status of signing the European Union Association Agreement, Armenia remains a member state of the Council of Europe (CoE). Consequently, the Council will continue its support to Armenia through projects aimed at fostering democracy, human rights and rule of law.
Any mistake in the policy of the Armenian side can create the danger of destruction of Armenian districts in Syria.
Within the three-year civil war in Syria 150.000 people have been killed according to various sources. Numerous Armenians living in Syria are in the epicenter of this humanitarian disaster.
“A number of articles of accumulative pension system were being contested in the Constitutional Court, regarding this we assess the assessment given by the Constitutional Court as positive”,- said the member of “Dem!em” initiative David Manukyan today at the press conference taken place at “Media Center”.
“We request the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Agency of Medical and Social Examination (AMSE) to apply the reference of disability of the former serviceman Georgi Margarov given by the RA Defense Ministry's Central Military Medical Commission in 2001 and pay his pension,” said Ani Antonyan, Margarov’s lawyer, at the Media Center hosted discussion entitled “Violated Rights of Military Pension: 7 Years of Red Tape.”
The rally organized by “D!em Em” Initiative on March 22 will include speeches by members of 'D!em Em' Initiative as well as speeches by representatives from 4 non-governing factions, MP Nikol Pashinyan and freedom fighter Jirair Sefilian