On April 11, 2014, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun administrative districts of Yerevan, RA, presided by judge L. Avetisyan, resumed proceedings on the criminal case against Lilit Vardanyan and Zarine Ayvazyan on the death of Lia Misakyan.
As already announced, the RA Administrative Court sustained the claim of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor against the RA Ministry of Defense.
We, citizens of the Republic of Belarus, a broad spectrum of civil society organizations, political parties, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and initiatives condemn the official position of the Republic of Belarus to the UN General Assembly March 27, 2014 and support the resolution of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
HCA Vanadzor Office v. the RA Ministry of Defense; the Court Sustained the Claim of the Organization
On April 9, 2014, the Judge of the RA Administrative Court, A. Sargsyan, announced the court ruling on the claim by the HCA Vanadzor Office against the RA Ministry of Defense sustaining the claim of the Organization, In particular, the Court obligated the RA Ministry of Defense to provide the information required by the Organization and exact 8,000 AMD in favor of the Organization for the paid state duty.
Discussion on ’Human Rights Protection Issues within Police-Citizen Relations’ and Presentation of Reports
On April 8, 2014, the HCA Vanadzor Office presented its Reports on ’State of Human Rights within the Police-Citizen Relations’ and ’Law Enforcement Arbitrariness Index in Northern Regions of the Republic of Armenia’ based on the studies of the Organization in the period of 2010-2013 as well as the video report ’December 2 Folder’.
According to human rights advocate Artur Sakunts, the charges against the leader of the ‘Tseghakron’ Party Shant Harutyunyan were changed to save the investigating authority from shame.
Mataghis case investigation is in progress; non-committal reply from the RA Military Prosecutor’s Office
On December 9-10, 2004, conscripts Roman Yeghiazaryan and Hovsep Mkrtumyan were found dead at the Mataghis military unit. Since April of 2005, accusations have been brought against Arayik Zalyan, Mussa Serobyan and Razmik Sargsyan.
On April 7, 2014, the Criminal Court of Appeal presided by judge Y. Darbinyan started hearings of the appeals against the verdict on the case of conscript soldier Hayk Kaleyan deceased at the Defense Army military unit № 35383, filed by the representative of the victim’s successor, Artur Sakunts, and the defendant Santur Dombryan’s advocate, Arkadi Israyelyan.
Responses of the Ombudsman and the Chair of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs to Application on Political Prisoners
On March 22, 2014, a number of non-governmental organizations and citizens submitted applications to the RA Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan, RA Human Rights Defender Karen Andreasyan and the Chair of the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs Elinar Vardanyan. Such applications read as follows:
Armenian committee of Solidarity with Maidan once again expresses its outrage with regard to the Russian policy towards Ukraine. The provocations and interference of Moscow in the internal affairs of a sovereign state which resulted in more than 100 deaths was followed by the cynical annexation of Crimea. Unfortunately, the Armenian government also joined the unprecedented campaign for legitimization of this illicit act and voted against the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the alienation of this Ukrainian territory by Russia.
STATEMENT OF THE ARMENIAN NATIONAL PLATFORM OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM On the Broadcasting of Russia 1 and the First Channel in Armenia
Armenian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is deeply concerned with the programmes and reports overtly propagating xenophobia and spawning hatred between nations, broadcasted by Russian TV channels, Russia 1 and the First Channel, which are rebroadcasted in the Republic of Armenia on the basis of intergovernmental agreements. This phenomenon has become more evidential in the context of recent political developments around Ukraine.
Announcement: Shahen Harutyunyan is the first minor facing political persecution in the Republic of Armenia
On April 2, 2014, the General Investigation Department of the RA Police charged Shant Harutyunyan’s son, Shahen Harutyunyan with disorderly conduct committed with the use of arms, under Article 258 (4) of the RA Criminal Code.