Yerevan—Today the Heritage Party filed a petition with the Administrative Court of the Republic of Armenia, demanding annulment of the president’s March 1, 2008 decree on the declaration of a state of emergency. The appeal asserts, among other things, that the suspension of the activities of democratic institutions and specifically the restrictions imposed upon the media contradict the requirements both of Armenian law and of the European Convention on Human Rights. As a result, independent and opposition-oriented newspapers and online news services have been effectively blocked, and this stands in flagrant violation of the citizens’ right freely to receive objective and comprehensive information.
In its cause of action, Heritage asks the Court to invalidate the aforesaid decree which, as evidenced by the party, is unlawful and incongruent with the current situation. At the same time, petitioner has moved for a temporary restraining order against the Armenian president’s imposition of further restrictions on civil liberties, as well as for ruling to expedite judicial consideration of the case.
The Heritage Party expects the Administrative Court to deliver a just judgment lifting the extraordinary measures ordered by the president’s decree, eliminating the hardships caused by the state of emergency, and reinstating the constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms of Armenia’s citizens.
Heritage’s petition can be accessed at www.heritage.am.