Parliament to Revise Law on Public Gatherings

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian National Assembly’s Press Office Wednesday announced that Armenian legislatures will be making changes to a controversial law limiting public gatherings passed in the wake of the March 1st Yerevan riots.
Armenian National Assembly Speaker Tigran Torosian, justice minister Gevork Danielian, Presidential Aide Gevork Mherian Wednesday met with Council of Europe Venice Commission member Simona Granata-Menguin, and Denis Petite and Neil Jarman of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on Wednsday to concluded discussions on the future of the an Armenian law on holding assemblies, rallies, processions and demonstrations, passed by the parliament on March 17.
The press office said that the two sides reached an agreement on revising the law, which will be prepared and sent to experts before April 25. After receiving their conclusion the bill will be discussed and put to vote in the parliament. The bill be available also on the parliament’s website.
The law will be revised once more in order to solve several major issues, the press office said. The new law will require the government to bear the burden of proof when making the case to ban a mass public gathering, to specify the deadlines for notification of banning, and to set conditions for holding spontaneous pubic events.
In addition to the changes, a task force will be set up to examine all observations and proposals on Armenia’s electoral code made by presidential election monitoring missions in, Torosian said.

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