YEREVAN PRESS CLUB WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

APRIL 23-29, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS:

CIVIL INITIATIVE OF FOUR NGOs

HEARINGS ON THE SUIT OF FOI CENTER VERSUS CLINIC No.2 ENDED


CIVIL INITIATIVE OF FOUR NGOs

On April 28 a press conference, involving Eurasia Partnership Foundation,
Yerevan Press Club, Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of
Armenia and International Center for Human Development, took place at
"Armenpress" news agency. At the press conference it was announced that on
April 26 the heads of these organizations had signed a Memorandum on
Establishing a Consortium to Assist the Normalization of Armenian-Turkish
Relations. The document notes that the signatories have a long work
experience in this field, believe in the future of Armenian-Turkish
relations and wish to contribute to this extremely important process for
Armenia, which is crucial at this moment. The four organizations stated
their intention to coordinate their projects, to come up with a joint
position towards the development of Armenian-Turkish relations and to
combine efforts for a single purpose. At the meeting with the journalists it
was emphasized that the signature of the Memorandum is a purely civil, and
not a political initiative.

HEARINGS ON THE SUIT OF FOI CENTER VERSUS CLINIC No.2 ENDED

On April 27 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash
administrative districts of Yerevan released the decision on the suit of
Freedom of Information Center versus Clinic No.2 LTD. As it has been
reported, the reason of the suit was the letter of inquiry of June 10, 2009,
requesting to provide information about the procedure of drug allocation to
children under 7 years at Clinic No.2, as well as a number of other issues
concerning free drugs for children. Having no reply, FOI Center filed a suit
obliging the Clinic to provide the requested information, and bring its Head
Tigran Khachatrian to administrative responsibility by a fine of 50,000 AMD
(about $ 130). At the hearings, started on December 2, 2009, the answer to
the inquiry was granted (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 27 - December
3, 2009).

At the session of April 27 the court declined the second demand of the
plaintiff on imposing an administrative fine on the Head of Clinic No.2.


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