Positions: to the North or West? 2014-2017October 5, 2017 Own, Report
In May 2017 HCA Vanadzor, jointly with the ‘Advanced Public Relations Group’ (APR Group) NGO, conducted a sociological survey throughout Armenia to find out the public positions on international entities (EU, EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union)).
The Survey was carried out with the financial support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee within the project on Raising Effectiveness of Protection of Citizens’ Rights in Relations with the Police.
The findings of the Survey entitled “Positions: to the North or West?” are presented in comparison with the findings of similar survey carried out in the previous 3 years.
The Survey showed that after September 3, 2013 when RA declared on the highest level joining the Customs Union and later the Eurasian Economic Union, the number of the people in the Republic of Armenia who favored joining that international entity dropped in the past 4 years, namely in 2014-2017 while the number of those who favored joining the European Union grew.
In 2014-17, the factor of considering Russian Federation a friendly state lost most of its impact on the supporters of joining the Eurasian Economic Union. About 1/3 of the people viewing Russian Federation as a friendly state favor joining the European Union.
In the past 4 years, the Armenian society has shown a clearer position on joining those 2 international entities. Younger population and mostly women in urban areas and Yerevan, with average monthly family income above the national average, prefer that the Republic of Armenia joins the European Union.
Those who favor joining the European Union look forward to improvements in the activities of the RA political/state institutions and also show high trends of emigration.
Supporters of joining the EAEU predominate among those who get information from television, an information source controlled by the authorities with the largest audience, and supporters of joining the European Union predominate among those who get information from social media, an information source slightly controlled by the authorities.
For findings of the Survey see HERE
For more details see HERE
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 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.
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 VanadzorMay 28, 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.
The defendant and defenders in the case of inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide did not show up at the court; the court hearing was adjournedMay 25, 2018
The subsequent court hearing on inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide was scheduled to be held at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Syunik Province on May 24, 2018.
The public defenders of Sari Tagh protesters did not show up at the court again; the hearing was adjournedMay 25, 2018
Yesterday, a court hearing was set to be held in connection with the case of Sari Tagh protesters Hrachya Boyajyan, Arman Adamyan and Zhora Avetisyan at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan yesterday, on May 24, 2018.