Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor publicizes the results of its activities through publication of annual, programmatic reports, thematic leaflets and brochures.
The examination of human rights violation and pressure cases recorded between January-July 2017 give sufficient grounds to conclude that the conditions for human rights defenders and their activities are in adequate for a full-fledged protection of the rights and interests of citizens and social groups in Armenia.
The report summarizes the results of the observation conducted in 60 polling stations and 10 Territorial election Commissions. “Independent Observer” Public Alliance believes that the Yerevan City Council Elections of May 14, 2017 were held in a blatant violation of the essential principles of democratic elections.
At its presentation held in Yerevan on June 13, 2017, the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance presented the working version of the report prepared as a result of observing the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and the report was revised based on the comments and recommendations heard during the presentation.
HCA Vanadzor collected the data on the death cases in January-June 2017 from the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as provided by the families of the deceased servicemen.
According to the findings of the study by HCA Vanadzor, in January-June 2017, 36 conscript soldiers and contract servicemen, more exactly 23 conscript soldiers and 13 contract servicemen, deceased in the RA armed forces and NK defense army.
Reference on updated information on death cases identified in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2016July 10, 2017
Having some doubts that the provided information was incomplete, the Organization carried out some further studies into the death cases of 2016. The Organization learnt from other official sources about death cases of 13 more servicemen in 2016 not announced by either official sources, or in the mass media.
Summary of Reference about the monitoring findings of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets in 2016June 21, 2017
The use of stereotypical wordings during the introduction of persons with mental health issues in publications describing and presenting various unlawful acts, as well as the presence of publications containing violations of the right to the protection of a person’s personal data and their growth as compared with the recent years continue to remain concerning.
In this reference the opportunities of exercising the rights of persons with psychosocial and mental disabilities through Spitak Care Home are presented. The current study is especially crucial in terms of highlighting the differences in the state of human rights protection between a large, closed type of care facility, such as Vardenis Neuropsychological Boarding Home and Spitak Care Home. The reference outlines the impact of Spitak Care Home on the life quality of its residents.
The report, Together for Human Rights 2016: A Year in Review describes the activities and achievements of IPHR and its partners with respect to dealing with human rights challenges and threats to civil society in the former Soviet Union in 2016.
Reference on Actions Taken by Legal Team of Independent Observer’ Public Alliance during and after National Assembly Elections of April 2, 2017April 21, 2017
Findings 2016: Monitoring of Mass Media Publications on Drug Users, Illicit Drug Trafficking and other Drug-related IssuesApril 20, 2017
Since 2011, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor has regularly monitored the publications of the mass media in the Republic of Armenia by collecting and analyzing information on drugs, drug users and illegal drug trafficking. The monitoring aims to identify the situation of drug users’ rights protection and the attitudes of the state and society towards drug users and their problems, as shown in such publications.
Власти пытаются лишить фигурантов как дела Сефиляна, так и обоих дел “Сасна Црер” эффективной защиты, чтобы полностью контролировать ход резонансных процессов, считает глава Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) – a network of human rights NGOs from Europe, the former Soviet Union and North America – are seriously concerned that independent defense lawyers working on high-profile cases in Armenia have been subjected to harassment and obstruction by state agents in the performance of their professional duties. We call on the authorities of the country to put an end to this worrying pattern and ensure that all lawyers can carry out their work without hindrance.
By its letters of June 16 and July 12, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights stated that the ECtHR received the complaints of ‘Sari Tagh’ district protesters Gagik Mikayelyan and Hovhannes Ghazaryan.
“If you go on filing applications and complaining, you’ll face bad consequences.” Convict alerts of threats and the Penitentiary Department denies them02/08/2017
On June 21, 2017 HCA Vanadzor got a call from Armen Shamiryan, convict at ‘Armavir’ penitentiary facilities, who said that the administration of the penitentiary facilities threatened him through their 11 staff members. “I quote the Head’s words: “If you go on filing applications and complaining, you’ll face bad consequences”, he said on phone.
Medical and Social Expert Examination Agency granted the complaint of the woman not granted disability degree in the 8th year02/08/2017
Zh. Ch.’s health problems are caused by arterial pressure fluctuations. She is under constant medical surveillance. This is evidenced by the epicrises given by medical facilities. While in the recent 8 years, there were no positive changes in the woman’s health, the members of the medical and social re-examination commission did not pay any attention to it and arbitrarily decided not to grant her any disability degree.
In the former, the representative of ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center stated that the damage was not caused by the fault of the Medical Center; it was not considered a public institution and should not provide any compensation in the sense of the RA Civil Code. Also, the Medical Center’s representative does not consider reasonable the amount of the moral damages and asks the Court to reject the claim.
Judicial sanctions are also applied against attorneys if they refuse to be inspected before entering the courtroom or leave it without the judge’s permission. First, the attorneys refusing inspection are not allowed to enter the courtroom and refusing inspection is qualified as disobeying a legal order of a bailiff; on this basis, an application is submitted to the Chamber of Advocates to impose disciplinary liability on the attorney.
Today, on July 28, 2017 the RA Administrative Court, presided by judge K. Baghdasaryan, announced its judgment after examination of conscript Hovhannes Mosyan’s claim against the RA Central Medical Commission’s decision.
Witnesses questioned on the case of causing serviceman to commit suicide insist that they were guided by the investigator28/07/2017
Witness A. Sargsyan said that after consulting a lawyer, he realized that he might change his testimonies provided during the preliminary investigation and decided to tell the truth during the confrontation. Upon the motion of the prosecution party, the Court disclosed the testimonies of the witness given during the preliminary investigation and then the parties asked questions on the contradictions.
On July 23, 2017, in the evening, the RA Ministry of Defense shared information stating that on July 23, 2017, at about 6:30 am, in the area near the RA MoD military unit № N, the body of junior sergeant, conscript soldier Vardan Melkonyan /father’s name: Artavazd/ who voluntarily left the unit, was found hung (born in 1998, Vanadzor Military Registration and Enrollment Office). To establish the circumstances of the case, investigation is in progress.