Sunday, 11 May 2008

Trials and hearings continue in Armenia ahead of special commission report on meeting Armenia’s European obligations

Trials and hearings of detained opposition figures continue in Armenia. It is not clear yet how Armenian authorities are going to respond to PACE demands on release of all political prisoners. Special commission set up by incumbent president Serj Sargsyan prepared its recommendations (which should be based on PACE resolution), details of which will probably be known by Monday. Initial semi-official reports suggest that there will be lots of questioning as to whether commission’s recommendations will provide a real way for reforms and meeting of Armenia’s obligations before the Council of Europe, or it would rather be an imitation of reforms. However I will reserve my judgement till I read the official text.

Below is a schedule of trials and hearings of detained opposition activists for Monday 12 May 2008:

10:30 Gurgen Yeghiazaryan Court of Appeals, Yerevan (closed)
11:00 Tigran Baghdasaryan Court of Appeals, Yerevan (closed)

12:00 Petros Makeyan, Shota Saghatelyan, Ashot Zakaryan Gyumri

12:30 Khachik Gasparyan Kentron/Nork Marash Court Yerevan

Trials are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring a passport.

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