Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai has released a concise, easy-to-use fact sheet on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, which summarizes key principles in international law and best practices for promotion of the right.
The right to civil disobedience, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of movement, freedom of speech, conscience, thought and freedom of religion make part of the incomplete list of the rights retained by each individual, person and citizen, regardless of their place of residence, nationality, ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation, education, social status and the nature of the dominant regime in the country. A person is entitled to make independent decisions, express his/her opinions freely, defend his/her right to freedom and if necessary, oppose illegality.
Human Rights Situation in Neuropsychiatric Medical Institutions in 2013 Hospital never can become a home for anybody
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor pays special attention to human rights protection in closed and semi-closed medical institutions (psychiatric institutions, penitentiary institutions, etc.) because the risks of human rights violations in such institutions are high. The HCAV regularly carries out human rights monitoring in closed and semi-closed medical institutions in order to study the situation of human rights, reveal and reinstate the violations, make recommendations and provide legislative solutions.
The Report provides a summary of the incidences of oppression and persecution, assessment of the compliance by the Republic of Armenia with its commitments, including the recommendations on Armenia of 2010 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (SR).
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Appeal over Zhuleta Amarikyan’s case was satisfied.
December 3 is the international day of persons with disabilities, which is celebrated this year under the theme of “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”. Approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population/ over one billion people/ live with some form of disability, who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society.
There is only one difference related to the events of this summer. As a general rule, if previously violence had been applied during pre-election and post-election periods, when the protests were basically targeted at violations of electoral right, now election as such does not exist. I must make one important correction: we mean mass activism and violence, since violence against citizens is always applied at personal level, when there are no mass speeches or actions of protest.
Artur Sakunts, “God created a human such as to have another orientation apart from the biological gender”
The gender perceptions have crucial significance during the resolution of social issues of people, and the people shouldn’t limit themselves based on their gender perceptions, I don’t merely mean harmony based on physiological and gender features. Humanity has jumped so far as to recognize the issues existing from the origin of human society. For instance, Komaygi exists irrespective of our will.
On 30 and 31 May 2013 the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (“the Commissioner”) held a Round-Table in Kyiv on human rights and the security sector. The theme of the event corresponds to issues which had been raised during previous Round-Tables with human rights defenders, in particular the one organised in Strasbourg in 2011.
It is noteworthy that the statement issued by the US Embassy also read, “The government should ensure that its citizens can exercise their fundamental rights of freedom of assembly, expression, and speech without fear of retribution.”
Local EU Statement on recent cases of violence against civil activists and intimidation of human rights defenders in the Republic of Armenia (13/09/2013)
The EU Delegation recalls that respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms remain essential elements in the European Union’s bilateral agenda with Armenia.
A number of concerned NGOs and citizens in Armenia would like to appeal to you and bring to your attention the increasingly degrading situation in the field of human rights that is leading to physical injuries and risks to human life. State authorities do not take necessary actions to stop the violence, and the lack of adequate response and condemnation along with continuous impunity provide an evidence of their support for the brutalities by criminals and police.
Head of OSCE Office in Yerevan concerned over cases of violence and intimidation against civic activists in Armenia
“In addition to the physical harm caused to the individuals involved, these instances can have a detrimental effect for the overall civic engagement and the general public atmosphere in the country.