Fundamental right of freedom of assembly
undersigned, are deeply concerned with the fact that even the minimal
requirements to restore some democratic practices, outlined in the PACE
resolutions 1609 and 1620 and acknowledged by the Armenian government
as urgent, have not been implemented, and that instead new restrictions
are being enforced by authorities. We are especially concerned about
the fundamental right of freedom of assembly enshrined in the
Declaration of Human Rights and in the Armenian Constitution.
Statement on Abstaining from Nomination or Supporting of Candidates during the 3rd Stakeholder Committee Elections of MCA-Armenia
We, the representatives of the undersigned organizations, have actively
participated in all stages of the MCA-Armenia Project including
development of proposals for the Compact in the preparatory stage,
development of the procedure for the formation of the Stakeholder
Committee (SC), organization and conduct of elections to the SC,
monitoring of the Compact implementation and raising public awareness
of the Project to ensure transparency of the processes at all levels.
Alongside with this, we closely followed the role of civil society
organizations in the Millennium Challenge Account - Armenia during the
last 2 years and decided against nominating candidates for the 3rd SC
elections and against collectively supporting any candidate for the
Statement on Presidential Elections 2008
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, express our deep
concern with the presidential elections on February 19, 2008, the
pre-election period, the election campaign and the post-election
processes in the country. The assessment of international observers,
even though portrayed in a positive light by the government and the
government controlled media, was critical.
Open Letter on the Issue of Construction of Teghut Ore Mining and Processing Enterprise and the Oper
The Environmental Public Alliance of 34 non-governmental organizations
and “Partnership for Open Society” Initiative of 63 organizations
express their concern about the current processes regarding the
exploitation of the country’s natural resources and in particular, over
the construction of Teghut ore mining and processing enterprise and the
operation of Teghut copper-molybdenum mine.
Statement on Armenia’s joining a number of CIS countries in requesting changes in OSCE election observation procedures
A number of civil society organizations united in the Partnership for
Open Society Initiative hereby express our opinion on the matter of
Armenia’s recent joining a number of CIS countries in requesting
changes in OSCE election observation procedures.
Statement of Partnership for Open Society Initiative on RA Law “On Lobbyist Activities”
The POS, a coalition of civil society actors, expresses its concern
with regard to the draft law “On Lobbyist Activities” that was approved
by the government and submitted to the RA National Assembly. We
believe that if the current version of the draft law “On Lobbyist
Activities” is approved by RA National Assembly, it will become a
serious obstacle for any civil society participation in formulation of
the legislative framework as well as for any democratic participatory
process in policy analysis and development in the country.
Statement by the Partnership for Open Society for Cooperation with RA Government in developing of the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan
The Partnership for Open Society, a coalition of civil society
representatives, acknowledges the ENP as an exceptional opportunity for
implementation of democratic, political, economical, and social reforms
that would enable Armenia to have a closer relationship with the EU.
The Partnership considers the primary goal of the ENP to be one of
building the efficient institutions necessary in a democratic state
based on the rule of law with an open and competitive market economy in
the EU's neighbors.
Statement of Partnership for Open Society on Electoral Code
The Partnership for Open Society Initiative, having in mind the
importance of reforms carried out in the Republic of Armenia towards
strengthening democracy and the rule of law, is deeply concerned about
the adoption of the Republic of Armenia Law on Amending the Electoral
Code (dated May 19, 2005) and about the Council of Europe Venice
Commission and OSCE/ODIHR experts’ assessing the draft Law as
Statement of the POS initiative on "Statement by CIS member-states on the state of affairs in OSCE"
We, representatives of non-governmental organizations supporting the
"Partnership for Open Society" (Partnership) initiative, are expressing
our bewilderment and concern at Armenia joining the Statement adopted
on July 3, 2004 in Moscow by the CIS member states with regard to the
state of affairs in OSCE. We believe that some provisions of this
document are contradicting the official position of the Republic of
Armenia on an entire range of issues.
Partnership for Open Society Initiative Statement on World Press Freedom Day
"Partnership for Open Society" initiative congratulates all the media on the World Press Freedom Day.
Having analyzed the media situation in Armenia, we state: