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.
During the last few days human rights activist Artur Sakunts’ interview of 2001 was actively circulated in the internet, where speaking about the regulation of Karabakh conflict, he states that compromises are necessary and that some of the occupied lands should be returned to Azerbaijan. Regarding the aforementioned subject Politik.am talked with human rights activist Artur Sakunts, Head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor, who pointed out that it was the subsequent campaign against him and the revolution.
Hence, we are in the process of learning how to live and act in free conditions. On the one hand civil society has to cooperate with government; on the other, it has to continue to serve as a vigilant watchdog over the authorities to safeguard society against any possible abuses of the new government.
Robert Kocharyan has not been engaged in politics recently. The separate interviews given by him do not evidence active political activity. Therefore, he should have been engaged in political activity to be subjected to political persecution.
The representative of the party carrying out construction works at Vanadzor’s Artsakh Park did not show up at the CourtJuly 31, 2018
Today, the representative of the third party did not show up at the Court due to having another court session in Yerevan. He had informed the Court about this and asked to adjourn the session. The parties did not object.
Before proceeding with the trial, N. Avetisyan’s representative S. Soghomonyan filed a motion for the aggrieved party to hand over her mobile phone, which is considered as material evidence. The parties did not object, and the Court ruled to uphold the motion and to give N. Avetisyan’s mobile phone to her on the condition of submitting it to the Court at the request of the Court if needed.
Sakunts: Only through constitutional amendments is it possible to neutralize the danger of not resisting the temptation of powerJuly 30, 2018
“Even in the case of the most perfect Constitution, nobody has guarantees that no group will seize power,” Artur Sakunts, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens’ Assemby-Vanadzor, mentioned in the press conference held today.
Yesterday, on July 26, 2018, the RA Civil Court of Appeal examined the appeal of the HCA Vanadzor employees against the payments established by the RA Law on the Compensation for the Damages Caused to the Life or Health of the Servicemen while Defending the Republic of Armenia (Law on 1000 AMD) and scheduled a date for the delivery of the decision.
The Appellate Court rejected the appeal by Armenian Women’s Front member Susanna Simonyan; a cassation appeal is to be filedJuly 27, 2018
On July 26, 2018, at a session where A. Sargyan and A. Poghosyan were present, the RA Administrative Court of Appeal presided by K. Mkoyan rejected the appeal on the case of Armenian Women’s Front member Susanna Simonyan and left the judgment rendered by the RA Administrative Court on April 6, 2017 unchanged.
The relatives of deceased serviceman Zhorik Petrosyan do not believe in the official version of the death causeJuly 27, 2018
According to the data of the RA Ministry of Defense, at around 3.30 pm on July 24, 2018, the corpse of ordinary serviceman-combat soldier Zhorik /patronymic name: Vahag/ Petrosyan (born in 1999) was found in the combat position of one of the RA military units located in the south west. There was a gunshot wound in the head.
The serviceman drafted with health issues in January 2018 was declared unfit for military service and was discharged in JuneJuly 26, 2018
S. K., who was drafted with mental health issues and nocturnal enuresis in January 2018 and right from the day following the conscription was hospitalized due to the flu and then pneumonia, was declared unfit for military service with the support of HCA Vanadzor and was discharged.