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.
We address the international community inside Armenia and outside our country, stating that there are political prisoners in ArmeniaMarch 23, 2018
We address the international community inside Armenia and outside our country, stating that there are political prisoners in Armenia, who are persecuted for their political ideas through criminal sentences and lengthy prison terms.
Artur Sakunts: “Sefilyan is one of the few people who did not lose their morality after going through the crucible of war”March 23, 2018
According to Sakunts, Sefilyan’s case was yet another step aimed at destroying the rule of law. “This is called political retaliation. I am sure that the term of Sefilyan’s imprisonment sentence was predetermined when he was arrested. Serzh Sargsyan gave the instruction, and law enforcers made up the wording, which had no connection with reality.”
Thus, the US Ambassador confirmed or reconfirmed what we have repeatedly talked about through studies and specific facts
The video showcasing the behavior of defendant Lilit Vardanyan after the delivery of the judgment is to be examined as data characterizing the defendant in the case of Lia Misakyan’s deathMarch 21, 2018
Tatevik Siradeghyan, the representative of Lia Misakyan’s legal successor, filed a motion to examine as data characterizing personality the mass media publications and the video showcasing defendant L. Vardanyan’s behavior in the courtroom after the rendering of the judgment on June 15, 2015.
The Ministry of Finance has been involved as a third party in the examination of the claim of the protester demanding compensation from the PoliceMarch 21, 2018
Tatevik Siradeghyan, the representative of the plaintiff, responded that the plaintiff did not bear the obligation to substantiate the claim, and the cause-and-effect link had already been proven by the Police upholding the application for compensation at least in part.
On March 13, 2018 the judicial proceedings in the case of protester Hasmik Evoyan commenced again at the RA Administrative Court.
Last Friday, on March 16, 2018, Eva Jašková and Pia Winter, EVS volunteers at HCA Vanadzor, held a Cultural Cocktail event at Anti-café Teynik in Vanadzor.
The staff of HCA Vanadzor and the Board of the Organization are concerned by the fact of the insults directed at employee of the Organization Vardine Grigoryan by the supporters of “Sasna Tsrer” group through the social networking website Facebook. Our colleague has been fighting for political and civil rights for many years, presenting public sentiments and demands in Armenia at international institutions as well as protecting the interests of political prisoners.
Sakunts: By detecting corruption cases from time to time, the authorities are trying to show the international community that they are workingMarch 20, 2018
No fight is lead against systemic corruption in Armenia, and no high-ranking official is punished. This observation was made by human rights defender Artur Sakunts in his interview with MediaLab, while touching upon the announcement about the detection of yet another corruption offense in the field of defense.
Statement: The Draft does not adequately address the problems in its current form and in a way makes possible even more profound control of the system by the executiveMarch 20, 2018
We hereby express our concern about the presented Draft and urge the National Assembly of RA not to adopt the Draft in its current form but form a commission comprising the stakeholder sector, individual experts, and organizations, in order to improve all the problematic provisions mentioned above.
Statement: The negative attitude of the Russian Federation towards the Platform is due to the revelations by Golos Association, which is a Russian member of the PlatformMarch 17, 2018
The negative attitude of the Russian Federation towards the Platform is due to the revelations by Golos Association, which is a Russian member of the Platform. Those revelations always expose electoral fraud and violations in the RF. Golos was labelled a “foreign agent” by the RF Ministry of Justice yet in 2014, and the persecution and restrictions against its members as well as the attempts to discredit them are of a continuous nature.
“New Generation” Humanitarian NGO views this as prevention of the normal working process of the NGO by special authorities and strictly condemns such actions.March 15, 2018
The NGO would like to express concern on this issue and also state that it will continue the implementation of human rights defender’s, healthcare and charity missions set before the NGO in accordance with the International legal acts and as provided for by RA legislation and in-state legal acts.