Reference on The Fatalities in The RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army In 2017January 11, 2018 Information Paper
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor is presenting the reference on the fatalities recorded in the RA Armed Forces and NKR Defense Army in 2017.
The reference presents the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as the information provided by the relatives of the deceased servicemen in 2017.
The findings of the study by HCA Vanadzor have shown that throughout the aforementioned period of time 60 death cases were recorded, and criminal proceedings were initiated on 55 of those cases.
Only in regard to 50 cases was the initial information spread by the official sources; with regard to 10 cases the information was first disseminated by the media, following which officials confirmed the information on 9 cases.
1 case was only covered by the media.
The majority of the fatalities (38 cases) were recorded in Nagorno-Karabakh.
22 of the recorded cases were caused by the violations of the ceasefire regime.
In comparison with 2016, in 2017 the number of the fatalities caused by ceasefire violations decreased by 13; the quantity of the death cases caused by accidents dropped by 5; the murder cases decreased by 5 and the number of the cases of suicide or inciting suicide fell by 5. In contrast to that, the number of the death cases caused by health problems rose by 1.
Throughout the last 7 years the number of the fatalities not caused by ceasefire violations decreased in 2014 and 2016; however, in 2016 and 2017 the number increased sharply.
Other statistical data and the detailed description of the cases can be found in the REFERENCE.
This morning, April 20, a number of protesters were detained, including Davit Sanasaryan, one of the leaders of the movement.
ODIHR Director urges Armenian authorities to protect and ensure right to freedom of peaceful assemblyApril 20, 2018
WARSAW, 19 April 2018 – Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today urged the authorities in Armenia to protect and ensure the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the country, as protests there continue.
In police stations, most of the detainees “obtain” a status of a witness without notice and are questioned in the framework of the aforementioned case despite the fact that they have never been notified of the need to appear and give testimony on the given case.
When protesters commenced their actions, the police concentrated massive forces and tried to forcibly remove protesters from the territory.
Some protesters were detained. The Police reported that the number of detained persons was 20.
Taking into consideration the available videos from the scene as well as the peaceful behavior demonstrated by protesters up to now, we state that criminal prosecution against them is unacceptable and unlawful.
On April 16, 2018 HCA Vanadzor submitted a crime report to the RA General Prosecutor’s Office in regard to attacking and beating students on Heratsi Street.
An alert was received through the Joint Hotline of Human Rights Defenders in regard to police officers hindering protesters’ free movement even across the crosswalk.
Alerts were received through the Joint Hotline of Human Rights Defenders. According to those alerts, a great number of youths were detained by the police in different parts of Yerevan. Youths are mainly detained in the territory of educational institutions and parks, where accumulations of young persons can be noticed.
A few hours after the assembly, a group of persons, who presented themselves as protesters, started to demonstrate aggressive behavior, breaking street signs and traffic lights, swearing and throwing stones at police officers.
We hereby condemn the grave violation of the peaceful protesters’ right to freedom and inviolability as well as the right to freedom of assembly and demand to immediately cease the peaceful protesters’ persecution and release the protesters deprived of freedom.
We have just been informed that the client of Arayik Zalyan, advocate at HCA Vanadzor, was taken to the Yerevan Central Police Station for committing an administrative offense and was photographed against his will in violation of his rights.
Accumulation of Jeeps without number plates on Arshakunyats Avenue and dozens of black cars at Tokhmakh Mher’s petrol station; the film crew of Factor TV that captured the picture was being followed by a car with no number plates; the driver was wearing a mask: PHOTOS, VIDEOSApril 17, 2018
Some time ago, the readers of Factor.am alerted that there was an accumulation of a great number of cars with no number plates, mainly Jeeps, near the petrol station on Arshakunyats Avenue. Our film crew immediately headed for the mentioned place to find out the aim for which those cars were accumulated.