On July 22, 2016, RA President Serzh Sargsyan, first president of RA Levon Ter-Petrosyan and the Supreme Board of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Party issued almost simultaneously statements of literally similar content on the armed actions taken by ‘Sasna Tsrer’ group members on July 17, 2016.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office
Захват здания полка полиции в Ереване осудил премьер-министр Армении Овик Абраамян, который заявил сегодня, что власти готовы сделать все с целью мирной развязки. Реальной альтернативы переговорам с мятежниками нет, считают опрошенные “Кавказским узлом” армянские правозащитники Артур Сакунц и Жанна Алексанян. В ПЦ “Мемориал” и “Международной амнистии” затруднились с определением статуса Жирайра Сефиляна в качестве политзека после вооруженного мятежа его сторонников.
We demand that the Police at least provide the families of the apprehended persons with information on their whereabouts
On July 21, at dawn, a total of 136 persons were apprehended to police divisions from Khorenatsi Street in Yerevan. This information was provided by the press service of the Police. According to a press service of the Police, some of the apprehended persons were released and others are still detained at police divisions in a status of the apprehended. … Continue reading
A citizen alerted the Organization stating that he was in front of Nor Nork Division of the RA Police where there were a number of arrested and apprehended persons. The anxious citizen mentioned that an ambulance arrived at the police division and after some time, it took to hospital a person who had been beaten at the police division.
While presenting his view on the situation in Khorenatsi Street and Sari Tagh district this night in his interview to Aravot.am, human rights activist Artur Sakunts said that the authorities, represented by the police and law enforcement agencies, obviously provoked to the extent possible the spontaneous protest of the citizens to incite them to incidents and clashes with police officers. “According to the information received from the participants of the spontaneous protest, those plain-clothes police officers or agents, who were the first to throw stones and show an example of using violence against the police officers in uniform, brought about similar actions on the part of the other protesters.”
Within the past 2 month, political prisoner Volodya Avetisyan has already submitted his second open letter to the competent state agencies on early release on parole and replacing the non-served part of the sentence with a lighter sentence.
Clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police are intensifying in the Armenian captial, where armed men have been holding hostages for four days and protesters erected barricades on a nearby avenue.
US ambassador on the situation in RA; a question on this crisis was asked at the US State Department as well (video)
“Violence is never an acceptable way to bring political change to Armenia. We are monitoring the situation closely, primarily because it is one of the U.S. embassy’s first duties to inform American citizens about the safety and security in the city”, Richard Mills, US ambassador to Armenia said in his interview to ‘A1+’ and ‘Azatutyun’ (‘Liberty’).
On July 17 in the morning the occupation of Grand Patrol Service station by “Sasna Tsrer” group was followed by persecutions of peaceful civilians by police officers in the streets. Human Rights House Yerevan condemns the activities of the police against peaceful civilians on 17th and 18th July: in particular illegal detention, torture, keeping more than 3 hours without defining … Continue reading
HCA Vanadzor collected the data on the death cases in January-June 2016 from the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as provided by the families of the deceased servicemen.
HCA Vanadzor has published a report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Armenia 2014-2015, which sums up the situation of human rights defenders in Armenia in 2014-2015 and provides follow up information on the cases presented in the report on the Situation of of Human Rights Defenders in Armenia in 2013. The report presents also information on the general political and civil situation to the extent it affects the opportunities for human rights protection. The report is based on 2014-2015 media publications, information provided by partners, as well as information received through inquires to state and local authorities.
Reference on Monitoring Publications on Drug Users and Illicit Drug Trafficking and Other Drug-Related Issues on Official Websites of Public Authorities and Other Mass Media in May-December 2015
Since 2011, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor has monitored the mass media to study the situation of drug users’ rights protection and the attitudes of the state and the society.
Goal: to promote development of anti-discrimination culture in the RA. The Project aims to assist in developing anti-discrimination approaches among the RA police officers.
Goal: support for execution of the Organization’s strategy.
To defend human rights and provide support to human rights defenders at risk in Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine
Goal: to defend human rights and provide support to human rights defenders at risk.
Goal: to develop the professional capacities of young lawyers in providing legal advice and legal representation on human rights violation.
Monitoring RA Special Investigation Service Activities for Investigating Ill-Treatment/Torture Cases
Goal: to develop control mechanisms to monitor the Special Investigation Service activities as a guarantee for effective investigation into ill-treatment/torture cases.