YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


SUITS AGAINST PARTIES FOR NON-GRANTING INFORMATION

Center of Freedom of Information addressed to court of general jurisdiction
of Center and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan with suits on non-granting
of information versus three parties – “Orinats Yerkir”, Armenian National Congress
and Labor Socialist Party of Armenia.

In April 2009 FOI Center made inquiries to seven parties (registered at the
RA Central Electoral Commission for running in the elections of Yerevan Council
of Elderly of May 31, 2009) requesting the copies of their financial reports
for 2008 and information about sources of charitable contributions exceeding
the hundred-fold of the minimum wage. The Republican Party of Armenia, ARF “Dashnaktsutiun”,
“Prosperous Armenia” and the Popular Party gave an exhaustive reply and in terms
defined by the law. “Orinats Yerkir” granted incomplete information with a delay,
while, the Armenian National Congress and the Labor Socialist Party of Armenia
did not respond to the inquiry at all.

Court hearings on the suit of FOI Center versus “Orinats Yerkir” started on
July 29. The party made a petition to accord some time for preparing an answer
to the suit demands. The petition was secured. At the next session, on September
4 it turned out that “Orinats Yerkir” requested the copy of its financial report
from the RA State Register of Legal Entities and was refused. Thereby, the court
resolved to require for the document on its behalf. The hearings were interrupted
until the financial report is received.

The court hearings on the suit versus Armenian National Congress started on
September 10. The party has presented its answer which was given to the plaintiff
for review.

The suit versus Labor Socialist Party of Armenia is submitted to consideration,
although the session date is not appointed yet.