YPC Weekly Newsletter

2008


THE COURT REFUSED DEMANDS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CENTRE

On November 25, during the session on the suit of the Freedom of Information
Centre (FOI) versus Hrazdan municipality (Kotayk region), RA Administrative
Court refused two claims of the NGO to commit the city administration to paying
a fine and to making the legal acts available to the public. As expert of the
Center Anahit Kocharian told YPC, regarding the first demand the Court grounded
its decision by the fact that NGOs do not have the right to file claims, demanding
to pay an administrative fine; and regarding the second demand, the Court stated
that initially the address of the NGO to the municipality did not contain such
a demand.

As it has been reported, in the session of October 14 Hrazdan municipality
provided the Freedom of Information Center with required documents, and thus
one of the demands of the plaintiff was satisfied. Nevertheless, the NGO decided
to insist on two other demands containing in the statement of claim (see YPC
Weekly Newsletter, October 10-16,
2008
).

FOI stated that the organization intends to lodge a complaint against the decision
of the Administrative Court to higher instances.