“THE PROBLEMS OF DISCIPLINARY POLICY IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE RA”
Since 1 June 2013 “Protection of rights without borders” NGO has launched “The problems of disciplinary policy in the armed forces of the RA” project with funding from Counterpart International Inc.
The objectives of the program are: to explore issues related to the disciplinary and criminal liability in the armed forces and develop a uniform sentencing policy based on the program results. The main reasons for the implementation of the project are the biased attitude towards servicemen and arbitrary liability measures applied in respect to them, that is to say, the lack of uniform sentencing policy.
The project intends to carry out research among officials responsible for subjecting servicemen to criminal and disciplinary liability, including the relevant commanders, investigation bodies, prosecution and judges, analyse the legislation regulating the policy of disciplinary and criminal liability, develop and socialize common approaches (policy) of liabilities applicable in the armed forces, contribute to the implementation of recommendations and application of common standards (guidelines) of “sentencing policy” through advocacy.
The project will last 6 months; from 1 June 2013 to 30 November 2013. It will be carried out throughout the RA. The stakeholders of the project are all the servicemen of the armed forces of the RA, and the targets of rights’ protection are the bodies implementing disciplinary and criminal policy against servicemen, namely commanders, investigative bodies, military prosecution and courts.
To achieve the objectives of the project, we shall carry out research among officials responsible for subjecting servicemen to criminal and disciplinary liability, including the respective commanders, investigation bodies, prosecution and judges; analyse domestic legislation based on the criterias of the protection of human rights in the armed forces adopted by ECHR and OSCE. The project also intends to develop and socialize common approaches (policy) of liabilities applicable in the armed forces and organize target group meetings with the bodies having jurisdiction to implement the recommendations of final report (the Nassional Assambly, Ministry of Defense, Armed forces command staff).
A final report will be published at the end of the project, which will contain statistical data and the legislative gaps found in the result of the research. The report will also present common standards and recommendations in order to solve the problems existing in the relevant area.