Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
February 25, 2009
Armenia is a constitutional republic with a population of approximately 3.2 million. The constitution provides for an elected president and a unicameral legislature (the National Assembly). The country has a multiparty political system.
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion; however, the law places some restrictions on the religious freedom of adherents of minority religious groups.
The Government generally did not enforce existing legal restrictions on religious freedom. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the reporting period.
JOINT OPINION ON THE LAW ON MAKING AMENDMENTS AND ADDENDA TO THE LAW ON THE FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE AND ON RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND ON THE LAW ON AMENDING THE CRIMINAL CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA by THE VENICE COMMISSION
THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS
AND LEGAL AFFAIRS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
THE OSCE/ODIHR ADVISORY COUNCIL
ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF
Adopted by the Venice Commission
at its 79th Plenary Session, (Venice, 12-13 June 2009)
On the basis of comments by
Ms Finola FLANAGAN (Member, Ireland)
Mr Jim MURDOCH (Expert, DGHL)
The OSCE/ODIHR Advisory Council on freedom of religion or belief
Word and refuse the disgraceful strategies. In case of such a strategy, some employees may jeopardize their reputation, for serving in various religious traditions they often face opposing opinions, but that is the narrow gate and the cross which faithful servants must carry.