Government Approves Draft Of Foreigners

17:10 31/08/06

Armenia has had no laws regulating work of foreigners in the
country. The government only today approved Draft Bill On Foreigners,
including provisions on work. Gegham Gharibjanyan, deputy foreign
minister, assures that all foreigners are viewed as equal, i.e., the
same conditions are stipulated for people of all nationalities. The
draft says foreign citizens, having no Armenian citizenship, have
no right to take up top public posts. In case of a need to make
amendment in the law, the government is entitled to issue decrees,
Gharibjanyan says. He also says, "we tried to keep to international
human rights norms and European Court of Human Rights practices while
drafting the law."

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