'EcoRight' NGO President Arthur Grigoryan has appealed to RA Cassation Court the ruling of RA Administrative Court on Amulsar mining case, under which the NGOs were left out of the litigation process.
In this case, 'EcoRight', 'EcoDar' NGOs and 12 Gndevaz residents from Vayots Dzor Region filed a claim to RA Administrative court demanding to annul the permitting documents of Amulsar gold mining project.
RA Administrative Court Karen Zarikyan ruled on 30 August that the NGOs were taken out of the litigation as improper plaintiffs.
The Cassation Court of administrative affairs taken the appeal into the proceedings but ruled to try the case only after one year and a half – on 26 April 2019. Lawyer Grigoryan considers this term to be an absurd.
'This means that the appeal institute in administrative litigation has become senseless, while it's inexpedient to complain of the court illegal actions. It turns out that mining can be launched, proceed and only afterward the court will be able to hear the case of being proper-improper plaintiffs... let you assess the extent of the absurd,' Arthur Grigoryan said and added, 'there is also another obstacle: we can't apply to Constitutional Court or the European Court for Human Rights, and for this purpose, we need to pass through all the court instances. So a kind of deadlock emerges, when the protection of rights in court becomes senseless in administrative litigation.'
17:27 December 11, 2017