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 Information Paper
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor presents the Information Paper on the Fatalities in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) in the First Quarter of 2018. It is based on the information disseminated through mass media and official sources.
In the first quarter of 2018, 9 of the 11 death cases registered in the armed forces occurred in the Nagorno-Karabakh, while 2 occurred in the Republic of Armenia. 3 of the cases were caused by ceasefire violations; 4 occurred due to accidents; 2 were caused by health problems; 1 was a case of murder, and 1 was a case of suicide or of inciting suicide.
The number of death cases decreased by 6 in comparison with the previous year. 17 death cases were registered in 2017, 8 of which were caused by ceasefire violations.
In contrast to that, in 2018 the number of cases caused by accidents increased by 2.
In 10 of the 11 registered death cases, the servicemen were serving in the military, and one was on vacation.
The official sources were the primary source of information on 9 cases.
See the full Information Paper HERE
In the framework of the project “Human Rights Training for Conscripts”, the trainings conducted by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor continued in Goris, Syunik Region and in Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Region on June 17 and 18, 2018.
David Shahverdyan, the doctor accused of causing the death of a new mother from Vanadzor, pleaded not guiltyJune 20, 2018
Yesterday, June 19, 2018, the examination of the case of Hripsime Nazlukhanyan, a new mother who died at Vanadzor Medical Center in October 2016, continued at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Lori Region.
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 toJune 18, 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 RA Prosecutor General refrains from giving a legal assessment to the actions of the penitentiary institution officers with respect to the case of the Iranian detaineesJune 14, 2018
HCA Vanadzor applied to the RA Prosecutor General’s Office in connection with transferring the preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated with respect to the Iranian detainees in Nubarashen Penitentiary Institution opening the doors of six cells of the penitentiary institution on April 25, 2018 to the RA Special Investigation Service.
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 marketJune 12, 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”June 4, 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 takenJune 2, 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 progressMay 31, 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.