Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor publicizes the results of its activities through publication of annual, programmatic reports, thematic leaflets and brochures.
This is a joint Action Plan or a Roadmap for the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia, prepared by a group of civil society actors with extensive experience in democratic reform monitoring, critique, and policy development.
Information Paper on the Actions Implemented Aimed at the Identification of Phenomena of Corruption and Abuse in the Armed Forces of the RA and the Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) 2 Years after the Hostilities of April 2016April 10, 2018
HCA Vanadzor regularly presents the cases of corruption and abuse that occurred during the hostilities of April 2016 and the situation of the resulting violations of servicemen’s human rights, the actions implemented by the authorities aimed at identifying and resolving those violations as the situation of the implementation of their obligations. This information paper touches upon the aforementioned issues, presenting the steps that have already been undertaken two years later.
Information Paper on the Fatalities in the Armed Forces of The Republic of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) in the First Quarter of 2018April 5, 2018
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor presents the Information Paper on the Fatalities in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh in the First Quarter of 2018. It is based on the information disseminated through mass media and official sources.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office presents the findings of its 2017 monitoring of publications on 16 Armenian web pages issued about the field of mental health.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office presents the overall picture of its activities in 2017 in the form of an infographic.
It presents the activities and the recorded achievements of the Organization according to specific directions.
Information Paper Updated Information on The Fatalities in The RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2017February 26, 2018
HCA Vanadzor presents an additional information paper on the cases that surfaced after the publication of the Information Paper on the Fatalities in the RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2017.
Findings of the 2017 Monitoring of Mass Media Publications on Drug Users, Drug Trafficking and other Drug-related IssuesFebruary 23, 2018
The majority of the 168 publications published on the official web pages of state bodies, 164 of them or nearly 98% were disseminated by the RA Police. 3 publications were published on the web page of the RA Prosecutor’s Office and only 1 – on the web page of the RA Ministry of Health. There were no relevant publications on the official web page of the RA Labor and Social Affairs.
Report on the Situation of the Rights of Conscripts during the Winter Call-up of 2016 and the Summer Call-up of 2017January 26, 2018
The report presents the recorded systemic issues, accounting for the violations of conscripts’ rights during the past and ongoing call-ups, as well as the statistical data regarding the conscripts that turned to the Organization.
Georgian psychologists conducted a training for representatives of Armenian media outlets: How to build up an interview with a victim, what to avoid and what to pay attention to18/06/2018
The participants maintain that such trainings are a necessity especially for journalists working with vulnerable groups, as it is highly important to adhere to the ethical norms and not to harm the person when covering those themes.
The participants were mainly interested in the impartiality of choosing the place of performing military service by lot during the conscription and the corruption risks connected with it, the manifestations of unequal treatment when drawing lots, specific cases of deferment of compulsory military service, the structure of conscription, the issues relating to the structure of conscription committees as well as the amount of reimbursement for transportation costs given to servicemen in the case of basic leave being provided and other issues.
The project “Legal Clinic-2018” has commenced; the participants expect to become skilled in law and more competitive in the labor market12/06/2018
On May 25, 2018 the theoretical stage of the HCA Vanadzor project “Legal Clinic-2018” commenced in Dilijan.
In the framework of the three-day theoretical training, the participants gained general knowledge of human rights and mechanisms of their protection and then consolidated their knowledge through practical work.
I still look forward to a judge of a first instance court, a court of appeal or a court of cassation on civil, administrative or criminal cases or a judge of a constitutional court apologizing publicly.
Today, on June 7, 2018, the RA Administrative Court rejected the claim of the RA Police against Mashtots Avenue protester G. Tonoyan and upheld in part the counterclaim filed by G. Tonoyan and her representative T. Siradeghyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor’s representative office in Yerevan.
French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian’s data have been removed from the “data bank of the aliens considered undesirable in the territory of the RA”04/06/2018
Today, on June 4, 2018, HCA Vanadzor advocate Ani Chatinyan, the representative of French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian, was informed in a phone call from the RA National Security Service that Al. Varbedian’s data were removed from the “data bank of the aliens considered undesirable in the territory of the RA.”
Yet another court session was scheduled for May 30, 2018 in the framework of the examination of the claim against the decision of the National Security Service (the NSS) to ban French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian’s entry to the RA.
The representative of the Judicial Department did not deny at the court that the personal data of only the participants in the hearing on Zhirayr Sefilyan’s case were taken02/06/2018
The representative of the RA Judicial Department did not deny that the personal data of only the participants in the court session on Zhirayr Sefilyan’s case were taken and then destroyed. However, he insisted that the participants in all the sessions were searched.
9 criminal cases have been initiated on the basis of the 19 reports submitted by HCA Vanadzor in connection with the protests that occurred from April 17 to 25, 2018. The law enforcement agencies have also provided information on the criminal cases relating to the protests and on their progress31/05/2018
9 criminal cases have been initiated (or have been included in the already initiated criminal cases) on the basis of the 19 crime reports submitted by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor in connection with the cases of police officers and persons in civilian clothing using violence against participants in the non-violent, peaceful protests and acts of civil disobedience from April 17 to 25, 2018 and journalists covering those events as well as hindering the movement of protesters.
Activists from the South Caucasus, the Czech Republic and Russia shared their experience in civic campaigns in the framework of the Civic BarCamp that took place in Vanadzor28/05/2018
From April 13 to 15, 2018, Civic BarCamp Vanadzor-2018 was held in Vanadzor upon the initiative of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor and the Czech organization NESEHNUTÍ – Independent Social Ecological Movement. For three consecutive days, around seventy activists from the South Caucasus, the Czech Republic and Russia shared their experience in civic campaigns and discussed the successful and unsuccessful examples.