ArmInfo. On November 15, Acting Minister of Justice of Armenia Artak Zeynyan received United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Clement Nyaletsossi VOULE,
According to the press service of the Ministry of Justice, Zeynalyan highly appreciated the current level of cooperation and noted the importance of the visit of Voule to Armenia, in the context of familiarizing with the events taking place in the country and discussing the possibilities of deepening cooperation.
In turn, Clement Nyaletsossi VOULE presented the Acting Minister of Justice issues of interest to their organization, in particular, regarding the realization of the rights of citizens to freedom of peaceful assembly, the independence of the judiciary, measures aimed at restoring public confidence in the courts and the participation of civil society in the decision-making process. Concerning the guest's questions, the acting Minister noted that one of the goals of the government is to ensure fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and, as an example, noted the high tolerance shown by the authorities during a series of peaceful assemblies.
Speaking about the independence of the judicial system, Artak Zeynalyan noted that the previous authorities had a great influence on the judicial system and widely used the so-called "telephone justice"
''Our government from the very beginning announced that it would not put pressure on judges. The judges are free from the obligation to fulfill the tasks of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice", stressed the acting Minister of Justice. In this context, Artak Zeynalyan also noted the importance of continuous programs implemented in the field of e-justice, aimed at ensuring the transparency of the state, reducing corruption risks etc. Concerning the participation of civil society in the decision-making process, the Acting Minister of Justice noted that among other steps, one of which is public councils The government also introduced a number of electronic tools to ensure the participation of civil society in the drafting of legal acts adjacent to the ministries. The UN Special Rapporteur praised the government's position on ensuring the independence of judges, noting that the government ensures the rule of law in the country. At the end of the meeting, the parties discussed the process of cooperation in the fight against corruption and expressed willingness to deepen cooperation.