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We Demand Release of Political Prisoners

The issues of human rights and democracy in Armenia have been in the spotlight of foreign and international organizations and have been periodically reflected in their reports. Moreover, they are emphasized in the international cooperation programs, determining economic cooperation provided to a certain country by the progress in that sphere. The latest such document of cooperation was the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Armenia (CEPA), which is based on respect for democratic principles, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.


Statement on the adoption of RA draft laws on Public Service, Civil Service and other laws during Government session held on January 18, 2018

RA draft Laws on Public Service, Civil Service, Regulatory Framework of Government Relations and a number of other related draft laws included in the same package derived from RA Constitutional Amendments were involved on the agenda and were approved during RA Government session, held on January 18, 2018.


Statement regarding the interview of YSU Rector

On December 18, 2017 members of the "For the Development of Science" Initiative, Davit Petrosyan and Yuri Avagyan, went on hunger strike and boycotted classes in protest against the ineffectiveness of the negotiations that have been ongoing for almost a month with the Minister of Education and Science, as well as the Minister of Defense and other high-ranking officials, who promised the protesters that certain concessions would be made to the draft deferment conditions after adopting the new RA Law on Conscription. However, they failed to take any practical steps in this regard.


Statement of Transparency International Anticorruption Center on International Anticorruption Day 2017

This year, on December 9 for the 14th time the world will mark International Anti-corruption Day. Corruption is a serious crime that is able to undermine political, social and economic development in any country of the world. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption, which is equal to more than 5% of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Program, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.


Statement on Citizen Observer Initiative

Citizen Observer Initiative is a coalition of Armenian NGOs which was established in 2013 by Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC), Europe in Law Association (ELA), Journalists’ Club “Asparez” (JCA), and the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office (HCAV) to jointly oversee Yerevan City Council elections. Given the effective cooperation and the significance of public oversight of the electoral processes, the initiative continued its activities. In 2016, the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office left the coalition. Its core composition now comprised of TIAC, ELA, and JCA, Citizen Observer Initiative continued its operation, and it also has cooperated with other organizations in different stages of its activity.


The Requirement of the RA Electoral Code on Publicizing the Voter Lists Was Breached. The Signed Voter Lists Are Not Publicly Available

Under the Armenian Electoral Code, the signed voter lists were tobe made publicly availableon April 4, 2017 by 12pm. By19.00 of April 4, 2017, by 7 the links posted by the CEC on its website were not available in most cases. This means that the Government failed to meet this commitment by grossly violating the requirements of the Armenian Electoral Code.


Elections do not express the will of the citizens of Armenia



April 3, 2017 | 12:00

On April 2, the 3112 independent and impartial observers of Citizen Observer Initiative have carried out the mission of observation since early morning at 1521 precincts.