Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor publicizes the results of its activities through publication of annual, programmatic reports, thematic leaflets and brochures.
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.
It follows from the above that during the election campaign the candidates, nominated political parties and blocs did not enjoy equal opportunities as prescribed by the RA Electoral Code, the election campaign was accompanied by continuous violations through misuse of administrative resources which were not prevented by the RA CEC and law enforcement agencies and which cast suspicion on the fair and free nature of the elections.
During the election campaign period for the National Assembly (NA) elections to be held on April 2, 2017, the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance carries out long-term observation mission in all the 13 voting districts (VD) of the Republic of Armenia. The long-term observation mission involves previously trained 61 observers and a legal consulting team consisting of 26 lawyers.
HCA Vanadzor issues the summary on the cases of human rights violations by the RA police officers during January-December, 2016, according to mass media outlets.
While 24 years have passed after the end of the war, around 1200 families still live in those buildings. The buildings are in poor condition: damp walls, broken windows, dark and cold corridors, dripping ceilings. Despite these harsh conditions, people continue to live and hope that one day everything will be fine.
A number of former civil servants wrote to HCA Vanadzor on the recent staff reduction at the RA Control Chamber. According to their letter, the staff reduction at the Control Chamber was done in violation of provisions of the law. Particularly, the staff reduction violated the provision of Article 29 of the RA Law on Civil Service, according to which: “In case of staff reduction, the preferential right to continue work activity shall be given to pregnant civil servants or civil servants with a child under 3 or civil servants drafted into conscript military service and in case of equality of this condition to the civil servant with a higher rank in civil service and in the case of equality of this condition to the civil servant with the greatest length of service in civil service”.
‘Independent Observer’ Alliance presented observation results of RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and Yerevan City Council elections of May 14, 201716/06/2017
At its presentation held in Yerevan on June 13, 2017, the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance presented the working versions of the reports prepared as a result of observing the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017 and Yerevan City Council (Council of Elders) elections of May 14, 2017.
Today, Abkhazian is spoken mostly in rural areas; only half of the Abkhazian families settled in urban areas speak Abkhazian, many of them prefer taking their children to Russian schools and kindergartens. They justify it by saying that “The Russian influence is too big” and add: “The Abkhazian alphabet does not even fully reflect the structure of the language, most Abkhazians have difficulties pronouncing some sounds.” They realize that the language is lost but insist that this is caused by the historic circumstances, constant wars and unstable political situation.
On June 13, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan city ruled on the complaint filed under ‘Mataghis’ case back on January 8, 2006.
The Court first heard complainant A. Zalyan’s opinion on the materials submitted to the Court by the representative of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office at the previous hearing. Such materials concerned the investigative actions carried out back in 2007.
After Cassation Court reversed the judicial act, the complaint under ‘Mataghis’ case is again in first instance court10/06/2017
Today, on June 9, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Yerevan city started examination of the complaint filed on January 8, 2006 under ‘Mataghis’ case.
Successor of Lia Misakyan who died at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center in 2013 demands material and moral damage compensation from doctors10/06/2017
On June 8, 2017 the General Jurisdiction Court of Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts started examination of the claim for material and moral damage compensation of G. Misakyan, successor to 2-year-and-3-month-old Lia Misakyan who died at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center on January 2, 2013.
By their claim, G. Misakyan and his representatives, Arayik Zalyan and Ani Chatinyan, lawyers at HCA Vanadzor, demand seizing from ‘Arabkir’ Joint Medical Center – Institute of Child and Adolescent Health LLC and L. Vardanyan and Z. Ayvazyan, doctors at ‘Arabkir’ Medical Center, 15,000.000 AMD for moral damage and 1,690.000 AMD as material damage.
The RA Administrative Court accepted HCA Vanadzor’s claim against the RA Central Electoral Commission. By its claim, the Organization required to compel the RA CEC to provide a proper response to its application-suggestion of March 30, 2017.
Contradiction in the testimonies of the victim under the case of the serviceman who committed suicide: preliminary testimonies were disclosed10/06/2017
On June 8, 2017 the RA General Jurisdiction Court of Syunik marz (region) carried on examination of the case of Gevorg Khachatryan who committed suicide at a military unit of the RA NSS border guard troops on November 28, 2015.
RA Cassation Court sent complaint under ‘Mataghis’ case for re-examination; court hearing to be held on June 9, 201709/06/2017
As we informed before, following the European Court of Human Rights judgment on ‘Mataghis’ case of March 19, 2016, on September 13, 2016 Arayik Zalyan applied to the RA Cassation Court to initiate proceedings based on new circumstances.