Report on the Situation of the Rights of Conscripts during the Winter Call-up of 2016 and the Summer Call-up of 2017January 26, 2018 Own, Report
The report is based on the responses of the citizens who turned to the Organization as well as the responses to the official inquiries made to state agencies.
The report presents the recorded systemic issues, accounting for the violations of conscripts’ rights during the past and ongoing call-ups, as well as the statistical data regarding the conscripts that turned to the Organization.
During the winter call-up of 2016 and the summer call-up of 2017, as a result of the legal support provided by HCA Vanadzor, 7 conscripts were granted a deferment of compulsory military service. In the case of 2 conscripts, it was instructed to refer them to medical examinations again and then present the results to the Central Military-Medical Committee once again.
The report also includes the results of the inquiries conducted with the 22 conscripts who turned to HCA Vanadzor. It is related to the conducting of medical examinations during the call-up, the maintenance of confidentiality of a person’s state of health throughout it and the attitude of the members of the medical committee towards the conscripts.
16 of the 22 respondents mentioned that the members of the medical committee demonstrated an indifferent attitude towards them, and 1 person noted that he was subjected to mockery. Moreover, part of the conscripts who had informed about their health issues, were not subjected to the necessary examinations on different pretexts.
The majority of the problems informed of by the conscripts who turned to the Organization were connected with the state of health.
The report also includes the statistical data regarding the citizens deferred and exempted from compulsory military service from 1998 to July 31, 2017 under the decision of the RA Government.
It is noteworthy that 186 of the 202 people exempted from compulsory military service from 1998 to July 31, 2017 were clergymen.
In addition, the report presents the proposals aimed at solving the recorded problems.
A proposal has been made to introduce amendments to Decree N 410 issued by the RA Minister of Defense by clarifying the provisions related to conscripts’ health problems, as well as to eliminate the discriminatory attitude towards the conscripts based on religious convictions and to halt the practice of exempting from compulsory military service and granting a deferment to the servants of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The entire report can be accessed HERE.
During the last few days human rights activist Artur Sakunts’ interview of 2001 was actively circulated in the internet, where speaking about the regulation of Karabakh conflict, he states that compromises are necessary and that some of the occupied lands should be returned to Azerbaijan. Regarding the aforementioned subject Politik.am talked with human rights activist Artur Sakunts, Head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor, who pointed out that it was the subsequent campaign against him and the revolution.
Hence, we are in the process of learning how to live and act in free conditions. On the one hand civil society has to cooperate with government; on the other, it has to continue to serve as a vigilant watchdog over the authorities to safeguard society against any possible abuses of the new government.
Robert Kocharyan has not been engaged in politics recently. The separate interviews given by him do not evidence active political activity. Therefore, he should have been engaged in political activity to be subjected to political persecution.
The representative of the party carrying out construction works at Vanadzor’s Artsakh Park did not show up at the CourtJuly 31, 2018
Today, the representative of the third party did not show up at the Court due to having another court session in Yerevan. He had informed the Court about this and asked to adjourn the session. The parties did not object.
Before proceeding with the trial, N. Avetisyan’s representative S. Soghomonyan filed a motion for the aggrieved party to hand over her mobile phone, which is considered as material evidence. The parties did not object, and the Court ruled to uphold the motion and to give N. Avetisyan’s mobile phone to her on the condition of submitting it to the Court at the request of the Court if needed.
Sakunts: Only through constitutional amendments is it possible to neutralize the danger of not resisting the temptation of powerJuly 30, 2018
“Even in the case of the most perfect Constitution, nobody has guarantees that no group will seize power,” Artur Sakunts, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens’ Assemby-Vanadzor, mentioned in the press conference held today.
Yesterday, on July 26, 2018, the RA Civil Court of Appeal examined the appeal of the HCA Vanadzor employees against the payments established by the RA Law on the Compensation for the Damages Caused to the Life or Health of the Servicemen while Defending the Republic of Armenia (Law on 1000 AMD) and scheduled a date for the delivery of the decision.
The Appellate Court rejected the appeal by Armenian Women’s Front member Susanna Simonyan; a cassation appeal is to be filedJuly 27, 2018
On July 26, 2018, at a session where A. Sargyan and A. Poghosyan were present, the RA Administrative Court of Appeal presided by K. Mkoyan rejected the appeal on the case of Armenian Women’s Front member Susanna Simonyan and left the judgment rendered by the RA Administrative Court on April 6, 2017 unchanged.
The relatives of deceased serviceman Zhorik Petrosyan do not believe in the official version of the death causeJuly 27, 2018
According to the data of the RA Ministry of Defense, at around 3.30 pm on July 24, 2018, the corpse of ordinary serviceman-combat soldier Zhorik /patronymic name: Vahag/ Petrosyan (born in 1999) was found in the combat position of one of the RA military units located in the south west. There was a gunshot wound in the head.
The serviceman drafted with health issues in January 2018 was declared unfit for military service and was discharged in JuneJuly 26, 2018
S. K., who was drafted with mental health issues and nocturnal enuresis in January 2018 and right from the day following the conscription was hospitalized due to the flu and then pneumonia, was declared unfit for military service with the support of HCA Vanadzor and was discharged.
The examination of the appeal on the case of human rights defender Marina Poghosyan was adjourned; Judge A. Gabrielyan is in hospitalJuly 25, 2018
Today, on July 25, 2018, the examination of the appeal on the case of human rights defender Marina Poghosyan at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan was adjourned due to Judge A. Gabrielyan being in hospital.
A. Voskanyan, David Shahverdyan’s defender, had not showed up for the court session either. He had notified in a phone call that he was in Yerevan due to his health issues. As to D. Shahverdyan, he did not want to continue the court session without his defender.