At this stage, the case of Hayk Movsisyan deceased on Nobember 28, 2012 in the Shushi penitentiary in the Nagorno-KarabakhRepublic is again in court. The representatives of Heghine Petrosyan, Hayk Movsisyan’s mother, Artur Sakunts and Arayik Zalyan submitted an application to the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan demanding to recognize Heghine Petrosyan as a party to litigation on the criminal case № 62202513 and oblige the preliminary investigation agency to provide the latter with copies of the materials of the dismissed criminal case.
At its sitting on 17 April, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s actions aimed at destabilisation of eastern Ukraine and calling for tighter sanctions against Russia. It also welcomed the signing of the political part of Ukraine’s Association Agreement and called on the parties to sign the full agreement in time.
Both human rights advocates and lawyers, and the public at large regularly complain about the activities of the Special Investigation Service. According to the human rights advocate and Chairman of the Helsinki Association, Mikayel Danielyan, this public agency considered as an institution of punishment for officials fails to comply with their obligations imposed by the law. While the number of cases submitted to the Special Investigation Service in recent years is small enough, they argue that the Service fails to process their alarms.
On August 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., a march and assembly were launched against the mass repressions by the police in front of the RA Police Office. Despite the prior notice on holding the assembly directly in front of the Police Office, the Deputy Chief of the RA Police Valeri Osipyan argued that the assembly participants closed the entrance to the Police Office, and he was unable to ensure their security there.
While President Serzh Sargsyan’s administration touts Armenia’s pending accession to the Russia-led Customs Union as likely to usher in an era of prosperity for the South Caucasus country, rights activists assert that when it comes to democratization, Customs Union membership means Yerevan will take “one step forward, two steps back.”
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.