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Armenia: Constitutional Amendments to Be Put to a Referendum

(Oct. 29, 2015) On October 8, 2015, the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, signed a decree setting December 6, 2015, as the referendum day for constitutional amendments. (Decree of the President of Armenia No. 754 on Announcement of the Constitutional Amendments Referendum, PASHTONAKAN TEGHEKAGIR [Official Gazette], No. 67 (Oct. 9, 2015) (in Armenian).) The decree had […]

Armenia: Veterans Permitted to Seek Medical Treatment Abroad

(July 30, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the President of Armenia signed into law amendments to the Law on Social Security of Servicemen and Their Family Members that provide for full government financing of medical treatment abroad of servicemen injured during military service. (Press Release, President Serzh Sargsyan Signed a Number of Laws Passed by […]

Armenia: Private Cemeteries to Be Established

(July 27, 2015) On May 27, 2015, the President of Armenia signed into law amendments to the Law on Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, the main purpose of which is to allow private cemeteries to operate in the country. (Law on the Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, […]

Armenia: Concept for Constitutional Amendments Announced

(May 9, 2014) On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based on the ideas included in this 45-page paper, published on the Armenian Ministry of Justice website. […]

Armenia: Law on Limiting Political Activities of the Control Chamber Proposed

(Mar. 24, 2014) On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation’s Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the parliament) on the Cabinet’s legal initiative. (Press Release, Attracting Investment Seen as a Government Priority (Mar. 6, […]

Armenia: Ombudsman Challenges the Law on Demonstrations

(June 26, 2012) On May 16, 2012, the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia issued a statement addressing recent police abuse and the use of excessive power by law enforcement. (Ombudsman Offers Chief of Police to Establish Criteria on Rallies, NEWS.AM (May 16, 2012).) The statement was in response to excessive force used […]

Armenia: Laws Will Be Passed in Foreign Languages

(Dec. 15, 2008) On December 2, 2008, the Armenian Parliament approved amendments to the Law on Legal Acts that obligate the government to draft, and the legislature to pass, legal acts on aviation and nuclear energy in foreign languages. The specific foreign languages are not listed in the amended Act but will depend on the […]

Armenia: Judicial Code Enters into Force

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 1, 2008, the Judicial Code, which was passed by the Armenian legislature on April 28, 2007, entered into force. For the first time, a post-Soviet republic has adopted a legal act that includes all legislative norms regulating the principles and practices of the judiciary and that establishes new, revolutionary norms […]