Indices Characterizing Actions of Law Enforcement Agencies in The Republic of Armenia (2016)February 23, 2017 Own, Report
It is already the 2nd survey, and the report covers comparative analysis of the indices of 2015 and 2016.
The law enforcement arbitrariness index reflects the public sense of insecurity from the arbitrary i.e. unlawful actions of the police, prosecutor’s office and the judiciary. It includes the ‘Citizens’ Concern Index’, ‘Personal Concern Index’ and ‘Personal Security Index’.
The Police Trust Index reflects the attitude and trust in the police and the sense of satisfaction with their work and the degree of willingness for citizen-police cooperation. The index is based on 3 components: ‘Evaluation of Police Activity’, ‘Attitude to the Police’ and ‘Willingness to Cooperate with the Police’.
The indices are presented within the range: -100-100.
According to the respondents, in 2016 the law enforcement arbitrariness index decreased by 7 points, as compared to that of 2015.
By marzes (regions), the law enforcement arbitrariness index decreased to a greater extent (i.e. the level of police arbitrariness towards citizens increased) in the marzes of Lori, Armavir and Ararat and increased (i.e. the level of police arbitrariness decreased) in the marzes of Syunik and Tavush.
According to the findings of the 2016 survey, the persons most vulnerable to the law enforcement arbitrariness are the representatives of male residents of urban communities aged 36-60 with post-graduate education perceiving themselves as socially disadvantaged.
As compared to the findings of 2015, the picture differs only in the features of age (over 55 years) and education (incomplete higher, higher and post-graduate /academic degree/).
In 2016, the level of citizens’ perception of the authorities using the police as a measure against their political opponents rose.
The law enforcement officers fulfilled their obligations in better faith towards the representatives of the economically secure social sector.
As for the police trust index, while it is in the positive range, it also decreased as compared to that of 2015.
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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, 2017June 16, 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 courtJune 10, 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 doctorsJune 10, 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 disclosedJune 10, 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, 2017June 9, 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.
(Berlin) – A prominent human rights defender in Armenia has received death threats, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately investigate the threats, made on the rights defender’s Facebook page, and ensure that he gets the protection he needs.
Police demands to prosecute protesters for obstructing the normal course of the assembly, but provides no relevant recordsJune 7, 2017
On June 6, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examination of the claim by the Police against protester Hasmik Evoyan and the counter-claim on declaring the police actions unlawful.