Human rights activist to appeal decision on joining Customs Union

A leading human rights activist in Armenia is going to appeal the decision on joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan that was announced by President Serzh Sargsyan last month.

At a press conference on Monday Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office head Artur Sakunts said that the decision announced in Moscow on September 3 was “not taken democratically, by means of discussions and consultations”, and contradicted earlier statements by power bodies.

Sakunts said that he would seek the Constitutional Court’s declaring the decision illegal.

The September 3 declaration by President Sargsyan following talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin came as a U-turn in the policies of Armenia that for several years before that sought an associated status with the European Union.

In the wake of this major geopolitical decision officials in Brussels said that no agreement on association and forming a deep and comprehensive free trade area would be signed with Armenia at the upcoming EU Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.