ARMEN RUSTAMYAN: WE SHOULD HAVE A CLEAR SAY AT THE NEXT SITTING OF THE MONITORING COMMITTEE
"It was declared at the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe (PACE) that Armenian authorities demonstrate
a political will and are willing to fulfill the commitments before the
Council of Europe. However, time is short and we need to rush up to
implement the legislative changes and complete the work by April,"
MP, member of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun faction Armen Rustamyan told
"We have a distinct and short period of time before the sitting of the
Monitoring Committee to be held in Valencia (Spain) on March 30-31,
where we should have a clear say," Armen Rustamyan said.
According to him, the working group set up to draft the amendments to
Articles 225 and 300 of the Armenian Criminal Code has convened its
first sitting today. Two members of the group have met with members
of the Venice Commission. There have been initial discussions, since
these legislative changes should correspond to the international
experience. Resolution 1643 states also that the amendments should be
worked out as a result of working discussions with the Commissioner
for Human Rights and members of the Venice Commission.