Alternative reports have been submitted

10.10.2023

The Law Development and Protection Foundation in cooperation with partner organisations developed two alternative reports and submitted to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The reports were developed ahead the 74th Session of the Committee. Armenia’s progress pertaining to fulfillment of its obligations under the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights were discussed during the Session. 

Alternative report on the realization of the right to just and favourable conditions of work in Armenia (joint submission, co-authorship with the Law Development and Protection Foundation).

This report addresses the issue of discrimination in employment, trade union membership restrictions, restrictions on the right to strike, assessment of occupational risks to pregnant, breastfeeding women and women who have recently given birth and the lack of factor-based occupational risk assessment system for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It pertains to the violation of Armenia’s obligations under Articles 2 and 7 of the Covenant. 

 Alternative report on the State of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armenia: A Joint Civil Society Report on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (collective submission by the initiative of Eurasia Partnership Foundation in cooperation with Human Rights Research Center, Disability Rights Agenda NGO, Law Development  and Protection Foundation, and Child Protection Network.)

The report addresses the issue of eliminating discrimination, protection of the right to work, the right to health (focus on the right to clean air) and the right to education. The report also focuses on a regression in terms of the protection regime of a number of constitutional guarantees for economic, social and cultural rights, and as well as removal of some of guarantees of protection of those rights as a result of the Constitutional Reforms of 2015.

The work on alternative reports was carried out with the support of European Endowment Democracy (EED.)

The Provisions Worsening a Person’s Legal Status should not be Retroactive

29.01.2024
A group of civil society organizations, the Law Development and Protection Foundation, "Transparency International Anticorruption Centre" NGO, the Democracy Development Foundation, “Helsinki Citizen Assembly” NGO, and the “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO, have published an expert opinion on the draft law on Military Service and the Status of Servicemen.” The organisations hold that the provisions worsening a Person’s Legal Status should not be retroactive.

Problematic draft laws pertaining to overriding public interest

10.01.2024
The LDPF and partner organizations have published an expert opinion on the draft laws pertaining to overriding public interest. According to the organisations, the draft laws are problematic and concerning given the fact that they are not substantiated, which, in its turn, raises questions about the real purposes of the amendments.

The CSOs propose to withdraw from circulation the Draft Law on Making Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Information

08.01.2024
On 19 December 2023, the RA Draft Law on Making Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Information (hereinafter referred to as Draft Law) was submitted for discussion on the e-draft platform, the Unified Website for Publication of Legal Acts’ Drafts. We, the undersigned organizations, assess the Draft Law as highly problematic, taking into consideration the definitions of some regulations therein, which make the Draft Law regressive in comparison with the legislation in force. In the meantime, it is worth noting that the law in force itself is quite incomplete in terms of existing international standards and best practices.

Expert opinion on the Draft Law on State Duty

16.11.2023
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Armenia circulated draft laws on Making Amendments to the Code on Administrative Offences of the RA and related laws, including the draft law on Making Amendments to the Law on State Duty on the e-draft platform. The Law Development and Protection Foundation has published an expert opinion on the latter, pointing out the problematic provisions and making respective recommendations. 

The CSOs propose to withdraw from circulation the Draft Law on Making Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Information

24.10.2023
On 19 December 2023, the RA Draft Law on Making Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Information (hereinafter referred to as Draft Law) was submitted for discussion on the e-draft platform, the Unified Website for Publication of Legal Acts’ Drafts. The CSOs propose to withdraw from circulation the Draft Law on Making Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Information.

Alternative reports have been submitted

10.10.2023
The Law Development and Protection Foundation in cooperation with partner organisations developed two alternative reports and submitted to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The reports were developed ahead the 74th Session of the Committee. Armenia’s progress pertaining to fulfillment of its obligations under the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights were discussed during the Session.