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A bill, with respect to paying compensation for the damages caused to people’s lives or health during the events that transpired in capital city Yerevan in March 2008, has been submitted to the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia.

The proposed law will be debated on during Wednesday’s meeting of the NA Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs and Protection of Human Rights.

“The objective of the bill is to restore justice [in Armenia], trust in the state institutions [of the country], and to establish public solidarity,” reads the rationalization for this draft law.

Pursuant to this bill, the government will determine the compensation amount as well as the date, procedure, and terms for these payments.

The parliament shall consider this proposed law during its four-day sessions that will kick off on October 23.

On March 1 and 2, 2008, the then authorities of Armenia used force against the opposition members who were rallying in downtown Yerevan, and against the results of the recent presidential election. Eight demonstrators as well as two servicemen of the internal troops were killed in the clashes. But no one had been brought to account for these deaths, to this day.

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