ArmInfo. It is strange that during the discussion of the issue of the lifting of martial law, the position of the government is represented not by the Minister of Defense or the head of the General Staff of Armenia, but by the Deputy Minister of Health. To maintain the regime of martial law, very clear reasons are needed, legal or military justifications, which are not exist.
Representative of the "Bright Armenia" party Arkady Khachatryan stated this from the rostrum of the parliament, noting that the government's humanitarian arguments are simply unacceptable. The MP stressed that the problem related to tax and customs obligations is also cited as a justification for the extension of the martial law regime. "If this is the only issue, we can discuss the issue of making amendments to the Tax Code of Armenia. The government will be able to create the most convenient conditions for itself.
We hoped that a representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry would be present here, who would talk about the real risks that may arise, about the threat to security in the event of the cancellation of the martial law regime. But none of the Ministry of Defense showed up. If there are no legal and military explanations, it becomes obvious that the preservation of martial law is necessary for personal gain, since it restricts the rights and freedoms of citizens, "Khachatryan concluded.
At the same time, Vladimir Vardanyan, a MP from the ruling My Step faction, said that he welcomes the lifting of the martial law regime, but the country now has no alternative to this regime.
"It is obvious to everyone that no regime can last forever, the same applies to martial law. But we all must realize that now there are risks that prevent the government from lifting martial law. Mechanisms are needed that will replace martial law. You should understand, the danger has not disappeared. It exists even now, " Vardanyan emphasized. He called on his colleagues to work together to develop mechanisms that will help to cancel martial law, to develop mechanisms to help replace it. Everyone is talking about human rights violations. But now, in many countries In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, there are much stricter restrictions.
Moreover, last week the Constitutional Court overturned a number of imposed restrictions related to human rights. "Now the Armenians around the world are in pain, and we are all no exception. The easiest way to leave, but now we we are trying to solve the problems that have arisen, and we hope for your assistance," Vardanyan concluded.