EcoLur has sent to Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan, RA Chief Prosecutor Arthur Davtyan and RA Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan the verdict of the Public Environmental Court on “Impact of Metallic Mining Developing in Armenia on Environment and Human Health” case. The Public Environmental Court consisting on Nazeli Vardanyan, Karine Danielyan, Zaruhi Hovhannisyan, and Inga Zarafyan, tried the case on 24 June 2019 based on journalist Tehmine Yenoqyan’s application.
The verdict says:
“To recognize the violations committed in the mining sector, which have undermined the ecological safety of Armenia, resulted in the elimination of ecosystems, promoted the deterioration of socio-economic state, which resulted in an irreversible ecological damage and economic damage of extremely large extents, to recognize all these violations as a crime directed at nature, humanity and state.
To recognize the Armenian Government, RA Nature Protection Ministry, RA Ministry for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, RA Agriculture Ministry, RA Ministry for Emergency States, RA Territorial Administration and Development Ministry, , State Committee for Real Estate Cadastre, State Revenue Committee, local government bodies, RA Judiciary, as well as mining companies liable for this situation.
To apply to RA Security Council requesting to give assessment to the facts laid down in the verdict – to what extent they affect the ecological security in the country.
To apply to RA Chief Prosecutor’s Office demanding:
• To instigate criminal cases against the officials having issued illegal expert opinions and permits on mining and to recover the damage caused to the state and citizens by their actions.
• To instigate criminal cases on illegal mining, against people guilty of illegal mining or mining with the project deviations and to recover the damage caused to the state and citizens by their actions.
• To instigate criminal cases against the heads of mining companies, who avoided paying taxes, social fees and salaries and to recover the damage caused to the state and citizens by their actions.
15:10 July 18, 2019