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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:
Opinion on the draft Federal Law of Austria amending the Law on the Recognition of Adherents to Islam as a Religious Society (7 November 2014)
At the outset, the opinion welcomes the desire to update and modernize the 1912 Law on the Recognition of Adherents to Islam as a Religious Society. At the same time, certain provisions of the draft Law may need to be amended to bring the draft Law into line with international standards. In particular, conditions for the recognition of Religious Societies would need to be eased and the wide range of grounds contained in the draft Law for the withdrawal of recognition of such Societies, and for the withdrawal of legal personality of their constituent communities of worship, should be significantly reduced. The draft Law should also provide more protection for the autonomy of the Religious Societies that it seeks to regulate. In addition, provisions on the automatic dissolution of existing associations spreading religious doctrine should be removed from the draft Law.
Opinion on the Draft Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence (28 October 2014)
The Opinion notes many positive aspects of the Draft Law and its overall compliance with international standards related to the prevention of and protection from domestic violence, and prosecution of perpetrators. At the same time, the Draft Law could be improved in a number of ways, to make sure that it will also be implemented in practice; one way of ensuring this would be to link it to a more comprehensive legal reform, particularly of the criminal and criminal procedure codes to clearly demonstrate the State’s “zero tolerance” attitude towards domestic violence offences.
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.
Opinion on the Law on the Bureau on Prevention and Combating of Corruption of LatviaDate : 17 November 2014 English [0.34 MB]
Opinion on the draft Federal Law of Austria amending the Law on the Recognition of Adherents to Islam as a Religious SocietyDate : 07 November 2014 English [0.36 MB]
Opinion on the Draft Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic ViolenceDate : 28 October 2014 English [0.73 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]