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OSCE/ODIHR Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of Armenia (30 October 2014) recommends introducing greater flexibility and transparency in Armenian legislative process
The legislative process in the Republic of Armenia should be made more flexible and participatory, says an assessment report presented by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Yerevan on 30 October 2014.
The presentation, co-organized with the OSCE Office in Yerevan, was held for representatives from the Armenian National Assembly, the Government, state institutions, and international and civil society organizations. Read more.
OSCE/ODIHR has recently produced the following legal reviews:
The OSCE/ODIHR welcomes the aim of ensuring more transparency in the financing of political parties and election campaigns in Ukraine, and notes that many of the amendments, if adopted, would constitute a significant step towards a functional and transparent system of campaign and party funding in Ukraine. At the same time, some of the amendments appear difficult to implement in practice, whilst in other areas, the amendments appear insufficient.
OSCE/ODIHR Opinion on the Impact of the Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence on Legislation in Montenegro (10 September 2014)
The Opinion notes positively the recent policy and legislative developments in the area of prevention and protection from violence against women and domestic violence. However, it points out, in particular, the need to amend key legislation and proposes concrete recommendations to ensure that:
- these offences are criminalized, duly investigated and prosecuted by public authorities,
- the sentences imposed on perpetrators are commensurate with the gravity of the crimes.
This Opinion should be read together with the OSCE/ODIHR Opinion on the Draft Law on Compensation of Damages for Victims of Criminal Acts in Montenegro (26 July 2014), available here.
ODIHR's work on legislative guidelines:
Second edition of the OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2010), endorsed by the Venice Commission in June 2010, was launched by Legislative Support Unit on 4 October 2010 during a side event at the OSCE Review Conference in Warsaw. The Guidelines are designed for practitioners in many sectors: drafters of legislation and those implementing it, as well as those affected by the implementation. Recognizing the great diversity of country contexts, the Guidelines do not attempt to provide ready-made solutions but, rather, to clarify key issues and discuss possible ways to address them.
OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Political Party Regulation
The Guidelines on Political Party Regulation were developed by the OSCE/ODIHR jointly with the Venice Commission through an extensive consultative process, which included two expert meetings and three thematic roundtables on issues such as women's political participation; public funding of political parties and abuse of state resources; and the participation of political parties in elections and the prohibition and dissolution of political parties. The primary goal of the Guidelines is to assist law-makers and practitioners from various OSCE participating States in the crucial matter of ensuring a fair regulation of political parties. Following the adoption of the Guidelines, in September 2011 the OSCE/ODIHR set up an advisory body, the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties, which will assist it in providing expert assistance to OSCE participating States in the review and assessment of political party legislation.
Joint Opinion on Draft Amendments to the Law on the Financing of Political Activities of SerbiaDate : 15 October 2014 English [0.18 MB]
Joint Opinion on the Draft Act to Regulate the Formation, the Inner Structures, Functioning and Financing of Political Parties and Their Participation in Elections of MaltaDate : 14 October 2014 English [0.36 MB]
Opinion on Draft Amendments to some Legislative Acts of Ukraine concerning Transparency of Financing of Political Parties and Election CampaignsDate : 11 September 2014 English [0.44 MB]
Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd edition) (2010)
Guidelines on Political Party Regulation (2010)
Guidelines on the Implementation of the Law on Freedom of Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008)
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of ArmeniaDate : 30 October 2014 English [0.57 MB]
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 30 April 2014 English [0.48 MB]
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of ArmeniaDate : 21 November 2013 English [0.64 MB]