Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office
Yesterday, on August 7, our friend Medialab held an open-air live exhibition of its political cartoons at Mahstots Park in Yerevan. While it was initially planned to have a week-long exhibition in a closed space, the appointment was cancelled by the host and Medialab was unable to rent any other place in the City of Yerevan because the owners feared repercussions for hosting the event. In solidarity with Medialab, the attendees of the open-air exhibition also wore the exhibits on them.
In a joint letter to the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, 58 NGOs from 11 Human Rights Houses express concerns relating to the “Erebuni” protests and urge all parties to refrain from the use of force.
They direct the following calls to the Armenian authorities:
Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan’s resignation means that this system can no longer “digest” the volume of current challenges. Human rights activist Artur Sakunts made such an observation in his interview to Lragir.am.
“This means that the authorities, represented by the law enforcement agencies, are no longer able to solve the challenges by their practices and methods applied so far”, Sakunts said.
Armenian authorities must immediately stop the disproportionate use of force against protestors and bring to justice those responsible for the violence
We call upon law enforcement to respect the right to peaceful assembly, immediately stop the disproportionate use of force and end the unlawful detention of protestors. The State must only use force as a last resort and in a proportionate manner against violent elements. We call upon you to take all necessary steps, including meetings and negotiations with civil society, to prevent the use of force against peaceful protestors.
An alert was issued back on November 1, 2015 on the upcoming constitutional amendments as causes of permanent crises.
But who would listen to this? It’s all the same to those who understand and so the more to those who do not understand…
After the seizure of the RA Police patrol-guard service regiment premises with all its ammunition by ‘Sasna Tsrer’ group on July 17, 2016, the RA Police presented some of the group members also as “persons inclined to using drugs”. The other mass media also disseminated the same information and used the term “drug addict”.
It’s already clear that decisions on choosing detention as a preventive measure for Armen Martirosyan, Davit Sanasaryan, Andrias Ghukasyan and Hovsep Khurshudyan are politically motivated
At the moment, it’s already clear that decisions on choosing detention as a preventive measure for Armen Martirosyan, Davit Sanasaryan, Andrias Ghukasyan and Hovsep Khurshudyan are politically motivated and these persons are political prisoners…
According to Artur Sakunts, it is the police actions that were dangerous for the life of citizens.
List of police officers who illegally deprived RA citizens of liberty, beat them and committed violence against them, judges who made apparently politically motivated rulings on detention and officials and public and political figures who directly sponsored these illegal actions within July 17-31, 2016
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor presents its Report on Human Rights Violations by Police in RA in the 1st half of 2016.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor presents its Report on Human Rights Violations by Police in RA in the 1st half of 2016. According to the findings of the media monitoring, in January-June 2016, 110 incidents of human rights violations by police officers were identified in RA. As compared to the 1st half of 2015, the number of violations decreased by 31 and as compared to the 2nd half of 2015, it decreased by 53. 53 of the incidents that led to human rights violations occurred during assemblies or due to attending them.
Reference on Actions of Law Enforcement Agencies after Seizure of RA Police Patrol-Guard Service Regiment by ‘Sasna Tsrer’ Group
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor collected information on the actions of law enforcement agencies within the 14 days following the seizure of the RA Police Patrol-Guard Service Regiment by ‘Sasna Tsrer’ group on July 17, 2016. In particular, the Organization collected information from official sources, the mass media and civilians on the persons apprehended, arrested and later detained as well as persons who sustained bodily injuries within July 17-31, 2016.
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.