Summary of Reference about the monitoring findings of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets in 2016June 21, 2017 Reference
Starting from 2011 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor has been conducting monitoring of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets and official websites aiming to reveal the elucidation level of the state policy regarding the field of mental health and the problems related to the elucidation of the challenges of persons with mental health issues.
In 2016 16 websites were monitored, 4 of which were official websites of state agencies including police.am, genproc.am, moh.am, mlsa.am, while 12 were Mass Media websites: news.am, a1plus.am, lragir.am, 168.am, 7or.am, slaq.am, ilur.am, galatv.am, armlur.am, 1in.am, operativ.am, hhpress.am։ Overall 620 publications were collected and analyzed.
The texts and expressions used in the publications, as well as the large-scale elucidation of unlawful acts committed by persons with mental health issues in its turn contribute to the aggravation of negative stereotypes in the society against persons with mental health issues, which causes the latter to become more vulnerable in terms of human rights protection.
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.
Aiming to resolve the problems identified through the study, we recommend:
The RA state agencies
- To exclude the publications containing identification data of persons with mental health issues without a legitimate goal.
- To undertake measures directed at the elimination and prevention of negative stereotypes existing in the society against persons with mental health issues.
- To expand the volumes of public awareness on the actions implemented by the state directed at the solution of legal, healthcare and social problems of the persons with mental health issues.
We urge the Mass Media outlets
- To refrain from the promulgation of personal data that will enable to identify the persons with mental health issues when its legitimate goal is absent.
- To refrain from publications reinforcing the existing negative stereotypes against with mental health issues, as well as the application of texts, wordings and expressions labeling and creating stereotypes against them.
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This approach leads to the formation and strengthening of a negative stereotypical attitude towards drug users, which, in its turn, creates a groundless conviction and wish to isolate these people rather than offer them help.
Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process – a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’êtreDecember 12, 2017
We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), believe that restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative.
“We can record a positive tendency in Armenia, if by Constitution and international agreements steps are undertaken towards the fulfillment of the obligations, which we have not witnessed. Therefore, it is even an absurd to speak of any positive progress”, speaking about human rights defense in the Republic of Armenia, told human rights defender, Arthur Sakunts.
Очень удивительно, что сам Серж Саргсян во время встреч глав ОДКБ почему-то вдруг в своем выступлении говорит, что Армения – приверженец семейных ценностей, которые проповедует также Российская Федерация. Я так понимаю, что закон о семейном насилии имеет политическое значение как индикатор определения: ты имеешь проевразийскую, прокремлевскую или проевропейскую ориентацию или ценности.
On December 4, 2017, following the reversal by the RA Court of Appeal, proceedings were initiated in respect to Taron Siradeghyan’s claim against the RA Police at the RA Administrative Court.
The Military Prosecutor’s Office disregards the decision made by the Chairperson of the Central Military Medical Commission and continues the criminal prosecution against the conscriptDecember 6, 2017
Conscript V. H., who has been receiving regular deferment since 2014, was recognized as fit for military service with some restrictions by the RA Central Military Medical Commission in January 2017. However, the conscript, disagreeing with the decision, refused to leave for military service.
Серж Саргсян своей властью завел нас, образно говоря, в закрытую структуру, похожую на уголовно-исполнительное учреждения, где открыл небольшое окно, откуда идет свежий воздух и свет, и начал прославлять этот шаг, рассматривая подписание соглашения ЕС-РА, – выражает свое мнение руководитель Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.
On November 29, 2017 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office hosted the students of Vanadzor School N 16. They were interested in the activities of the Organization in the field of human rights.
On December 1, 2017 the RA Administrative Court recommenced the proceedings in protester Vahram Petrosyan’s case and appointed a day for pronouncing the decision.
According to Sakunts, those who believe that visa liberalization may cause an increase in emigration, base their opinion on the thesis that the reforms prescribed by the agreement will not be implemented.
Following the re-opening in Vanadzor, the censored “Eclipse” exhibition is to be shown in other citiesDecember 2, 2017
The “Eclipse” exhibition, which was closed in Yerevan, re-opened in Vanadzor on November 29, 2017.
First, let’s note that they signed this document merely owing to the financial expectations. And these changes can also be accounted for by these expectations. However, I’m not positive the authorities will make those changes unless we put pressure on them. And with all this, I’m confident that our authorities are not the bearer of comprehensive human rights defense because if they were, they would not propose the nation-army concept, especially without putting it down to paper.