ArmInfo.The judicial system in Armenia, unfortunately, causes distrust among many of our citizens, therefore we need transitional justice. The speaker of the National Assembly, Ararat Mirzoyan, stated this on May 24 during parliamentary hearings on transitional justice issues.
Mirzoyan noted that it is not yet clear what exactly the institution of transitional justice is, therefore it is necessary to hold extensive discussions in order to answer questions related to this term. "The most important issues related to transitional justice are: what is transitional justice, what should it be, what are the tools of transitional justice, what is its purpose. Naturally, when introducing transitional justice in Armenia, we will use international experience," the Presidemt of the National Assembly emphasized.
The Speaker also stated that it is necessary to understand by what parameters the judicial system in Armenia does not satisfy the requirements of the citizens of the country, and for which the introduction of the institution of transitional justice is necessary. "For many years, many problems have accumulated in the country's judicial system, and the goal of transitional justice is to ensure the formation of an independent judicial system. It is necessary to realize that transitional justice should not be viewed as a punitive tool, it's not at all, on the contrary, we are trying to promote reconciliation" - said Mirzoyan. The Speaker also noted that Armenia is a legal state and all transitional justice instruments must comply with the laws and the Constitution of the country: "Otherwise, it turns out that we opened the Pandora's box," he said. The head of the legislative body stressed that it is impossible to condemn citizens who participated in violations during the elections, as they are teachers, relatives, as well as employees of local governments. "But, at the same time, it is also impossible to be silent, all this needs to be assessed and all necessary measures should be taken so that this does not happen again," Mirzoyan said. In conclusion, he noted that it is also necessary to understand that after the introduction of the institution of transitional justice in the country emergency courts will not be formed, the goal is different. "Transitional justice should legislatively promote the establishment of the judicial system," concluded the President of the National Assembly.