Human rights monitoring is a systematic study to collect, analyze, and verify information of certain aspects of social life focused on positive changes in the reality without any violence.
In the field of human rights defense, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor prioritizes human rights monitoring. As an outcome of conducted monitoring, the organization reveals problems existing in social reality and carries out activities directed at the resolution of the identified problems.
Starting from 2002 HCA – Vanadzor has been implemented a number of projects directed to the establishment of public supervision over the activities of the local self-governmental bodies through creation of mechanism, particularly monitoring the city council meetings and its decision, public attitude towards the work done by the local self-governmental bodies and etc.
HCA – Vanadzor implements the monitoring of a fair trial over the persons prosecuted in crimes connected with illegal distribution of drugs since 2007 in the courts of general jurisdiction allocated in Lori, Tavush and Shirak regions.
HCA – Vanadzor pays much attention to the monitoring of elections processes, particularly starting from 2002 observation mission have conducted for referendum, presidential elections, parliamentary elections, local self-governmental bodies elections.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor puts special accent on the state of human rights protection in closed and semi-closed institutions including children’s home, homes for the elderly, neuropsychiatric medical institutions, detention facilities, police departments and divisions, armed forces.
Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process – a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’êtreDecember 12, 2017
We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), believe that restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative.
“We can record a positive tendency in Armenia, if by Constitution and international agreements steps are undertaken towards the fulfillment of the obligations, which we have not witnessed. Therefore, it is even an absurd to speak of any positive progress”, speaking about human rights defense in the Republic of Armenia, told human rights defender, Arthur Sakunts.
Очень удивительно, что сам Серж Саргсян во время встреч глав ОДКБ почему-то вдруг в своем выступлении говорит, что Армения – приверженец семейных ценностей, которые проповедует также Российская Федерация. Я так понимаю, что закон о семейном насилии имеет политическое значение как индикатор определения: ты имеешь проевразийскую, прокремлевскую или проевропейскую ориентацию или ценности.
On December 4, 2017, following the reversal by the RA Court of Appeal, proceedings were initiated in respect to Taron Siradeghyan’s claim against the RA Police at the RA Administrative Court.
The Military Prosecutor’s Office disregards the decision made by the Chairperson of the Central Military Medical Commission and continues the criminal prosecution against the conscriptDecember 6, 2017
Conscript V. H., who has been receiving regular deferment since 2014, was recognized as fit for military service with some restrictions by the RA Central Military Medical Commission in January 2017. However, the conscript, disagreeing with the decision, refused to leave for military service.
Серж Саргсян своей властью завел нас, образно говоря, в закрытую структуру, похожую на уголовно-исполнительное учреждения, где открыл небольшое окно, откуда идет свежий воздух и свет, и начал прославлять этот шаг, рассматривая подписание соглашения ЕС-РА, – выражает свое мнение руководитель Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.
On November 29, 2017 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office hosted the students of Vanadzor School N 16. They were interested in the activities of the Organization in the field of human rights.
On December 1, 2017 the RA Administrative Court recommenced the proceedings in protester Vahram Petrosyan’s case and appointed a day for pronouncing the decision.
According to Sakunts, those who believe that visa liberalization may cause an increase in emigration, base their opinion on the thesis that the reforms prescribed by the agreement will not be implemented.
Following the re-opening in Vanadzor, the censored “Eclipse” exhibition is to be shown in other citiesDecember 2, 2017
The “Eclipse” exhibition, which was closed in Yerevan, re-opened in Vanadzor on November 29, 2017.