Reference on death cases in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in the first 6 months of 2017July 10, 2017 Reference
HCA Vanadzor collected the data on the death cases in January-June 2017 from the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as provided by the families of the deceased servicemen.
According to the findings of the study by HCA Vanadzor, in January-June 2017, 36 conscript soldiers and contract servicemen, more exactly 23 conscript soldiers and 13 contract servicemen, deceased in the RA armed forces and NK defense army.
Out of the 36 death cases, 16 were caused by ceasefire violations, 4 cases – by murder, 6 cases – by accidents, 6 cases – by suicide or causing somebody to commit suicide and the other 4 cases were caused by health problems. Out of the said 36 cases, there are official reports on 34 and information on the other 2 cases was collected only from the mass media reports.
Out of the identified 36 cases, 33 cases occurred when the servicemen were in service, in 2 other cases servicemen died at the Central Clinical Military Hospital and 1 case occurred on the way to work.
Criminal cases were initiated under the articles below of the RA Criminal Code on 30 death cases in January-June 2017.
To compare, it should be noted that in the same period of 2016, according to HCA Vanadzor’s information on the period till January 16, 2017, 136 death cases were identified, 77 of which were caused by the hostilities of April 1-5:
The accurate information on the number of death cases throughout 2016 specified by HCA Vanadzor is provided in the Reference on Updated Information on Death Cases Identified in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2016 published on July 6, 2017.
Note that if we consider the death cases in this period without those caused by the hostilities of April 2-5, 2016, we can see that in 2013-2017 more death cases were registered in peacetime /92/ than due to ceasefire violation /76/.
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Now is the time to learn from those victims – and victims all over the world – and put peace above conflictSeptember 21, 2017
Armenians and Azerbaijanis must follow the example of TOGETHER and learn to respect each other’s refugees and see the humanity of their struggle. Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to fight, creating more casualties and more refugees. Now is the time to learn from those victims – and victims all over the world – and put peace above conflict.
This year’s theme of the International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” so we, the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly – Vanadzor, would like to invite every single person to join us in the progress towards building a Culture of Peace.
Vardine Grigoryan, Democracy Monitoring and Reporting Coordinator at HCA Vanadzor participated in the Annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) by the ODIHR in Warsaw where she presented remarks on the situation with freedom of assembly and space for human rights defenders, and the recent parliamentary elections.
“Инциденты с участием российских военнослужащих не связаны с убийством семьи Аветисянов, считает глава Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи, правозащитник Артур Сакунц.
On July 3, 2017 the RA Human Rights Defender’s Office applied to HCA Vanadzor seeking its suggestions and comments on the draft RA Law on Making Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Armenia, draft RA Law on Making Changes and Amendments to the RA Law on Treatment of Arrestees and Detainers and on the draft RA Government Decree on Making Changes in the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia № 1543-N of August 3, 2009.
After alerts by HCA Vanadzor, Lori Marz (region) Governor’s Office provides the single mother with 4 minors with home and social supportSeptember 14, 2017
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HCA Vanadzor filed with RA Prosecutor General’s Office report on initiating criminal proceedings on Gor Hakobyan’s deathSeptember 13, 2017
On August 29, 2017, the media outlets spread information that the police rendered harmless Gor Hakobyan, the man who took hostage a young woman at ‘Weekend’ non-functioning billiard club at 15/6, Rostovyan St., c. Yerevan. In its publication entitled: “Keeping a knife at a young woman’s throat, he demanded to invite 5 civilians and an attorney”, aravot.am news website referred to … Continue reading
On September 8, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examining the case of V. Petrosyan, who took part in the protest in Mashtots Avenue in March 2016.
On May 30, 2017 Sari Tagh district protestor Hrachya Boyajyan’s defense attorney Arayik Zalyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor, filed with the European Court of Human Rights an application on his illegal arrest and detention.
Human Rights and Justice Advocates at Serious Risk in the OSCE Region. An Appeal from the Civic Solidarity PlatformSeptember 11, 2017
We call on all OSCE participating States to implement the OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, which are based on OSCE commitments and universally recognized human rights standards that the participating States are bound to respect.