On June 24-25 of 2016, during the visit of the Pope to the Republic of Armenia, the RA Police initiated unprecedented assaults against the RA citizens, which were coupled with grave breaches of all norms stipulated by the RA legislation.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office
STATEMENT ON POLICE VIOLENCE AND ILLEGALITIES DURING THE VISIT OF THE POPE TO THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
HCA Vanadzor filed a crime report on kidnapping of Shahen Harutyunyan by police officers today on June 25, at about 11 am from near the central square of Gyumri.
Gagik Yeghiazaryan and others were taken to the police to prevent their potential participation in the Flash mob to be held in Republic Square today at 6 pm.
Young Armenian Activist Shant Harutyunyan was in Gyumri today to inform the Pope about political prisoners in Armenia including Shahen’s father, Shant Harutyunyan. Shahen was kidnapped by unknown people (presumably police) and driven away. We do not have exact information about his whereabouts at the moment, but we would like his message to be delivered to the Pope.
The Number of the Organizations Joining the Statement on Immediately Stopping Political Persecution against Jirayr Sefilian Rises
The process of joining the Statement on Immediately Stopping Political Persecution against Jirayr Sefilian issued yesterday continues.
During the summer call-up of 2016, 10 conscripts consulted the Organization on the protection of their rights. Each of the 10 conscripts above has health problems preventing them from doing their military service properly.
Today, on June 24, 2016, the RA Court of Cassation ruled to grant in part the appeal on points of law submitted by Artur Sakunts, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor and representative of successor of the victim under the case of 2-year-and-3-months-old Lia Misakyan who died at Arabkir Medical Center on January 3, 2013.
On June 20, 2016, Jirair Sefilian, a leader of ‘Nor Hayastan’ (‘New Armenia’) political opposition movement, was arrested. On the same day, in its message on J. Sefilian’s arrest, the RA Investigative Committee presented as grounds the suspicion as to illegal acquisition, transporting and keeping of arms and ammunition by a group of persons, which allegedly aimed to seize some … Continue reading
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.
The section on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of the Report addresses the case of Ani Boshyan who suffered torture by RA Police officers and whose rights are protected by HCA Vanadzor.
The Report sums up the findings of the public opinion survey carried out in August 2015.
The RA law enforcement agencies arbitrariness index and the RA Police public trust index revealed the public attitude to the law enforcement activities.
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.