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16.03.2021
Draft Law on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Endorsed
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On March 16, the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs in the first reading debated the package of the draft law on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and three other draft laws authored by the RA Government and a group of deputies of the NA My Step Faction.

The RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mesrop Arakelyan and the First Deputy Minister Tatevik Stepanyan presented the main provisions of the draft laws. “The approaches stipulated in the law passed in 1993 do not correspond with the needs of the persons with disabilities. Today, we document their disability only on the basis of the health status, after which we provide exclusively financial support, without assessing their needs. The evaluation of the restrictions for the persons with disabilities and the support of the state towards them are laid on the basis of these amendments. It will give an opportunity to the persons with disabilities to use their possibilities in the spheres of education and labor,” the Minister clarified.

As the rapporteurs have assessed, the most important amendments are proposed in the sphere. In particular, it is designed to set instead of groups with disabilities degrees of the person’s functionality restriction – light, medium, grave and deep. The disability assessment will be carried out, being based on the international classification ideology and approaches of the functions of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, of Health and of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, the NGOs with the support of the UN and the EU worked out the assessment tools, the methodological guidebooks, the business processes on the person’s functionality assessment. The investment programme of the disability assessment system reforms and the person’s functionality assessment system was worked out and presented to the Government.

According to the Deputy Minister, the draft laws will create necessary legal bases for the protection of the rights of the persons with disabilities, equal opportunities and provision of accessible conditions, exercising their rights in all spheres of the public life, ruling out the discrimination on the basis of disability. If the legislative is passed, then the persons’ functionality assessment will be operated from September 2022.

Tatevik Stepanyan has also informed that now about 192.000 persons with disabilities, 8900 out of them are children, 8900 – first group, 65.000 – second group, and 135.000 – third group. “We’ll propose the citizen more by the person’s functionality assessment, than the acting law gives,” the Deputy Minister noted, adding that the citizens with disabilities will continue to make use of all social guarantees at present.

Part of the existing buildings will be adjusted to the needs of the persons with disabilities, the designing and the construction of the settlements, the buildings of residential, public and production importance, the designing of the transport system, the construction and the restorations will not be allowed, if they are not accessible for the persons with disabilities.

The key rapporteur Maria Karapetyan positively assessed the presented legislative package in terms of the protection of human rights, urging her colleagues to vote for it. “The package of the draft laws does not only have vulnerable or controversial paragraphs, but also ensure very important civilized progress,” she underlined.

The package with the endorsement of the Committee will be proposed to include in the draft law of the agenda of the sixth convocation of the NA seventh convocation.


16.03.2021
Item of Adoption of RA Bill on Missing Persons Discussed in National Assembly of Artsakh Republic
On March 16, the NA President of the Republic of Artsakh hosted the RA NA deputy of My Step Faction Nazeli Baghdasaryan. During the meeting, the NA Speaker Artur Tovmasyan welcomed Nazeli Baghdasaryan’s regular visit to Artsakh and emphasized the activation of cooperation between the Parliaments of ...

16.03.2021
Partial Repairs of Buildings of 34 Fire and Rescue Brigades of Yerevan and Regions Carried Out in 2020
At March 16 sitting of the NA Standing Committee on Defense and Security, the RA Minister of Emergency Situations Andranik Piloyan presented the report of the Ministry related to the Performance of 2020. The Minister noted that during the war, the rescuers as soldiers took part in the military actio...

16.03.2021
Number of Grave Crimes Decreased by 9.2%
The report on the Procedure and Results of the Implementation of the RA Police for 2020 was presented at the sitting of the NA Standing Committee on Defense and Security.The Deputy Head of the RA Police Ara Fidanyan noted that the system had an overloaded agenda due to the pandemic and the martial l...

16.03.2021
Nation-State Thinking Should Dominate in Army: Arman Sargsyan
At March 16 sitting of the NA Standing Committee on Defense and Security, the RA Deputy Minister of Defense Arman Sargsyan presented a number of information related to the implementation of the next stage of strategic defense review, the education and preparedness, the defense of human rights in the...

16.03.2021
212 Corruption Criminal Cases Sued in 2020. RA ASS
At March 16 sitting of the RA NA Standing Committee on Defense and Security the ASS Deputy Director Tigran Harutyunyan, the Deputy Minister of Defense Arman Sargsyan, the Minister of Emergency Situations Andranik Piloyan, and Deputy Chief of Police Ara Fidanyan made a report on the procedure and the...

16.03.2021
New Legislative Package Aimed at Protection of Consumers’ Interests
The deputies of the RA NA My Step Faction Artak Manukyan and Babken Tunyan initiated amendments to the law on Attraction of Bank Deposits and two related laws. It is proposed to increase the amount of fines in case of providing loans to the consumers or violating the regulations designed for the imp...

16.03.2021
Ministers of Justice, Health Care and Social Spheres Present Results of Government Programme in Parliament
At March 16 sitting, the NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs debated the report on Procedure of the Implementation of the RA Government Programme for 2020 Approved by 25 February 2021 Decision N 242-A of the RA Government, Approved by 8 February 2019 N 65-A Decisio...

16.03.2021
Ararat Mirzoyan Has a Telephone Talk with Valentina Matviyenko
The Speaker of the RA National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan had a telephone talk with the Speaker of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly Valentina Matviyenko.The Speaker of the Armenian Parliament personally thanked his colleague for showing important support on releasing Maral Najarian. ...



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