HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER OF THE
REPUBLIC OF NAGORNO KARABAKH
There is a Need to Promptly Adopt Legislation Regulating Peaceful Assemblies
The Human Rights Ombudsman’s staff has been vigilantly following the peaceful protests happening in Stepanakert from June 2nd to the 5th.
Members of staff have been present at the protests on Stepanakert’s Azatamartik Street (in front of the station), as well as the opposing protests which took place in the Renaissance Square on June 3rd. The Human Rights Ombudsman also visited the protest sites to personally monitor that the protestors’ constitutional rights are being protected.
We announce that there were no incidents recorded of RA police violating the protestors’ rights. We find it significant that the RA police organized the rerouting of traffic on Azatamartik Street from June 2nd to the 4th, as well as the police designating a high-ranking officer of the RA police to act as a liaison with the protest organizers. At the same time, we believe it is necessary that the police take additional steps to ensure the safety of members of opposing protests when some members of one protest group appear at the site of the opposing protest. Specifically, on June 3rd, some members of the Azatamartik Street protest marched to the Renaissance Square, where at the time a demonstration with opposing demands was taking place.
At the site of the protests, some citizens approached the Human Rights Ombudsman with questions of legal nature. In a few instances, clarification was given about their rights, while in other cases it was agreed that the citizens will file a written inquiry.As a proposal to the RA governmental bodies, the Human Rights Ombudsman finds it necessary to promptly adopt the already drafted legislation regulating the freedom of assembly. This will create a more predictable environment for the organizers and participants in exercising their constitutional right to peaceful assembly.
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