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.
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.