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13.02.2007 Freedom of Information Commissioner

Anna Maralyan The Freedom of Information Commissioner's Office is a public body that is completely independent of the Government in the performance of its functions. It reports directly to the Parliament in majority of states and have an international role as well as a national one.   The purpose of creating such an institution was/is to oversee the administration and enforce the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act...

27.01.2007 Free to Improve: Journalists say FOI law needs better application

By Siranouish Gevorgyan ArmeniaNow reporter The Freedom of Information Law of Armenia adopted in 2003 is good, but its application is not good enough. This opinion dominated the “Freedom of Information” workshop in Tsaghkadzor on January 17-18 attended by more than 35 media and NGO representatives. The event was organized by the Armenian FOI Center. “Armenia’s law on freedom of information is very good in the sense that it states expressly what sort...

23.11.2006 Access to Judicial Acts

Society should be informed how courts execute justice. Consequently, justice should be administered publicly. However, there are cases in the course of the activity of the courts of the Republic of Armenia when even an interested party – the representative of the affected person, fails to get necessary information. The Court of First Instance of Yerevan “Erebuni” and “Nubarashen” Communities did not have appropriate technical facilities for document copying. Refusal with such...

08.11.2006 A Collection of Court Cases was Published

The Freedom of Information Center published a complete collection of all court documents related to the legal defence of the Right to know. You may have an access to the electronic version of the collection here . You may get the hard copy in our office.

06.06.2006 Right to Know in New York State

Interview with Mr. Robert Freeman, the Executive Director of New York State Committee on Open Government. Interview by Shushan Doydoyan, Manchester, UK, May  23, 2006   - How does a citizen benefit from the Freedom of Information Act? - The Freedom of Information Act enables people to make use of their other rights. Let me bring several examples: parents want to know whether their child’s teacher has proper qualification. They can send an information request to...

05.06.2006 Information provision as a demonstration of humanism

Ruzan Minasyan   Former soldier Armen Manoukyan was illegally kept in the police station. The Office of the Public Prosecutor did not consider it necessary to provide Armen Manoukyan with the decision on suspension. And when the advocate Mrs. Seda Safaryan demanded the decision during the court hearing, case investigator Vardan Militonyan said that the Prosecutor’s Office had provided one of the three volumes of the case reasoning from “humanity”. At that time,...

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