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Thanks to two years of efforts of FOICA and active cooperation with partners, the Concept and the Action Plan of the Struggle against Disinformation 2024-2026 were adopted. The documents were developed by the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.
In January 2024, the "Civil Pact" party, after the FOICA appealed to the court, asked to sign a settlement agreement and provided the required information on pre-election fundraising.
This is the first court precedent in Armenia, which refers to proactive transparency; the local public authority was obliged to fulfill the duty established by the FOI law to ensure proactive transparency, based on a judicial act.

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Success Story 39. Court upheld the FOICA’s lawsuit against the Yerevan Municipality

On June 9, 2022, the RA Administrative Court upheld the Freedom of Information Center’s lawsuit against the Yerevan Municipality for violating the right to freedom of information.

On November 1, 2021, FOICA applied to the RA Administrative Court to oblige the Yerevan Municipality to provide the requested information.

On August 12, 2021, the FOICA sent an information request to the Municipality for information on a stone factory operating illegally on community-owned land near a residential area on the old Silikyan Highway in Yerevan. the stone factory, which has been operating illegally on community land for more than 10 years, has not demolished or suspended its activities.

On August 19, 2021, the Municipality of Yerevan provided an ungrounded reply, not answering all the questions of the FOICA.
It should be noted that during the court trial, the respondent Yerevan Municipality did not submit a response to the lawsuit or any objection.
The court obliged the Municipality of Yerevan to provide the following information to the Freedom of Information Center following the legislation. does the operator of the stone factory (MIKAYEL GHAZARYAN SERGEY Private Entrepreneur) have a contract for legal use or lease of community land with the municipality or the municipality of Ajapnyak, or did he seize the land belonging to the community?

At the same time, the court decided to confiscate 10,000 (ten thousand) AMD from the Yerevan Municipality in favor of the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia as a pre-paid state fee.

It should be noted that this is the 60th court case initiated by the FOICA, which is aimed at restoring the violated constitutional right to receive information.

More details can be found in the document.


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