ArmInfo.Representatives of the civil society of Armenia appealed to the authorities of the country with the requirement to publish all the information about the content of the topics of the meetings discussed during the visit to Armenia on May 30-31 of the current year by a high- ranking delegation of the Council of Europe. Representatives of civil society came up with this initiative after the leak of secret documents of the Venice Commission on Armenia occurred in the media.
"We also need to contact the Venice Commission and ask for information about who at the 119th session presented information on the" uselessness and not usefulness "of the implementation of the" venting "in Armenia and made it public. In addition, request the Venice Commission to presented information about the situation with the Constitutional Court and the election of Judge Vahe Grigorian at the meeting of the Commission, and then made it public. Revise relations with the Venice Commission in such a way as to clearly represent the will of the people in post-revolutionary forms ", the statement of civil society representatives reads.
The HELSINKI CITIZENS' ASSEMBLY VANADZOR OFFICE NGO, the Protection of Rights without Borders NGO, the "Asparez" Journalists Club , the Armenian Transparency International Anticorruption Center, and lawyer Karen Tumanyan signed the statement.
It should be noted that a secret document about the full content of the document on Armenia, adopted on the basis of the 119th plenary session of the Venice Commission, held June 21-22 in Venice, leaked to the network yesterday. The information caused a wide public response. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice expressed bewilderment at the fact how secret documents became public. The government promised that the Prime Minister of Armenia will soon make a statement on this situation.
The document stated: <Mr. Markert reminded that last year a peaceful revolution took place in Armenia in accordance with the norms of the Constitution. However, the judiciary was regarded by many as corrupt and close to the previous government. After the court's decision on the release on bail of the former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan on May 19, acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan harshly criticized the courts and called on his supporters to block the courthouse and renew the judicial system. The head of the commission, in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, acknowledged that there was distrust in relation to the courts, but he noted that any measures taken should be implemented in accordance with the Constitution and international standards. At the invitation of the Armenian authorities, a delegation of high-ranking officials of the Council of Europe, headed by the Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law, as well as the Secretary of the Commission, visited Armenia to discuss judicial reform. The parties agreed that a universal vetting of acting judges is not useful and necessary. Instead, disciplinary procedures should be strengthened and linked to the income declaration system. For this, in the judicial code of Armenia it is necessary to carry out changes until the end of July. The Armenian authorities have expressed interest in receiving an urgent conclusion of the Venice Commission on these amendments, but have not yet made a formal request, as the amendments were not ready. At its meeting, the Expanded Bureau authorized the preparation of an urgent opinion. The Commission allowed to prepare an urgent opinion on the reform of the judicial code of Armenia, which will be sent to the requesting authorities before the October plenary session. The Commission was also informed that the newly elected judge of the Constitutional Court questioned the legality of 7 of the 9 judges elected before the entry into force of the 2015 constitutional amendments. According to him, they were elected members of the Constitutional Court, and the new text mentions judges of the Constitutional Court. The revised article 213 of the Constitution nevertheless clearly and indisputably establishes that until the entry into force of the constitutional amendments, the appointed head and members of the Constitutional Court must continue to hold office until the end of the term specified in the 2005 Constitution. It is disturbing that this statement of the judge was welcomed by the Parliament, and there is a threat of interference with the mandates of the current judges. The Commission authorized head of the Venice Commission, J. Buquicchio, to follow developments around the issue and, if necessary, to make a public statement".