YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


COURT HEARINGS ON CASES OF NON-PROVISION OF INFORMATION

Freedom
of Information Center addressed to RA Administrative Court with suits
on non-provision of information versus administrations of six rural
communities and “Office on Implementing Programs of Construction and
Investments in Yerevan” state non-commercial organization.

The
trial on the suit versus Talvorik rural community (Armavir region)
started on July 2, 2009 in the RA Administrative Court in Etchmiadzin.
The FOI Center demanded to provide the copy of the budget of 2008 and
the report of its implementation, as well as the copies of the
decisions of the community’s Council of Elderly on land
allocation for the second quarter of 2008. At the session of July 9
Talvorik Eldman Kirakos Saghatelian granted the requested information.
The court decision on that case is to be released on July 23.

At
the hearings of RA Administrative Court in Vedi on July 6 Yelpin rural
community (Vayots Dzor region) conferred the requested data to the FOI
Center – the copy of the budget of 2008 and the report on its
implementation. At the same time, the Administrative Court resolved to
impose a fine in the amount of 50,000 (about $ 140) on Yelpin Eldman
Artur Poghosian for non-provision of information. The FOI Center
considered this decision to be unprecedented in the court practice of
Armenia: for the first time the court sentenced an official to a
penalty for infringing upon the right of receiving information.

FOI
Center resigned the claims on the suits versus the administrations of
Lenughi (Armavir region) and Bjni (Kotayk region) rural communities, as
the requested information, although with a delay, was provided.

The
suits versus two other communities of Armavir region, Zartonk and
Parakar, are submitted to consideration.

The
hearings on the suit versus the Office on Implementing Programs of
Construction and Investments in Yerevan were to start on July 15 at the
RA Administrative Court, but were shelved because of the closing down
of the Office.