Wednesday, April 15 2020 11:16
Alexandr Avanesov

Criminal liability for calls for violence introduced in Armenia 

Criminal liability for calls for violence introduced in Armenia 

ArmInfo. Criminal liability for calls for violence has been introduced in Armenia The RA National Assembly at the plenary meeting on April 15 in the second and final  reading amended the package of amendments to the Criminal Code and  the Code of Criminal Procedure.

According to the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of  Armenia, Srbuhy Galyan, currently only punishment for public appeals  is provided in Armenia to certain illegal actions, their excuse or  agitation.  However, the current standards are insufficient to  protect life, health, personal freedom, sexual integrity and freedom  in terms of guaranteeing. The package proposes to criminalize calls  for violence, its justification or campaigning on the basis of sex,  race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic characteristics,  language, religion, worldview, political or other views, belonging to  national minorities, property status, birth, disability, age or other  social and personal reasons. The draft indicates that a citizen or  persons who have publicly issued calls for violence will be punished  with a fine of 50 or 100 thousand drams, or arrest for up to two  months, or imprisonment for up to one year.

In case of similar actions by a group of persons by prior conspiracy,  or by an organized group, or in case of abuse of official position, a  fine of 100-300 thousand drams, or arrest from 1 to 3 months, or  deprivation of freedom will be applied for a period of 1 to 3 years  with the deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or  engage in certain activities for a period of 1 to 3 years.

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