Rights of Soldiers/Recruits

The awareness trainings for conscripts and servicemen continue

In the framework of the project “Human Rights Training for Conscripts”, the trainings conducted by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor continued in Goris, Syunik Region and in Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Region on June 17 and 18, 2018.

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The first training of the project “Human Rights Training for Conscripts” commenced in Yerevan

 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.

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New developments in the case of inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide

DSC04704-300x200On May 11, 2018, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Syunik Region of the RA continued the stage of the examination of evidence related to the case of inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide.

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Information Paper on the Actions Implemented Aimed at the Identification of Phenomena of Corruption and Abuse in the Armed Forces of the RA and the Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) 2 Years after the Hostilities of April 2016

HCA Vanadzor regularly presents the cases of corruption and abuse that occurred during the hostilities of April 2016 and the situation of the resulting violations of servicemen’s human rights, the actions implemented by the authorities aimed at identifying and resolving those violations as the situation of the implementation of their obligations. This information paper touches upon the aforementioned issues, presenting the steps that have already been undertaken two years later.

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Information Paper on the Fatalities in the Armed Forces of The Republic of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) in the First Quarter of 2018

 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor presents the Information Paper on the Fatalities in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh in the First Quarter of 2018. It is based on the information disseminated through mass media and official sources.

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Expert: The conscript who passed away in April 2016 was not in a psychological state that could lead to suicide

 Hovh. Petrosyan, who passed away on April 25, 2016 in one of the military units in Ijevan, “did not have psychological characteristics that could essentially affect him to commit the alleged suicide,” concluded the expert who conducted the forensic psychological examination.

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The court ruled that the conscript charged with avoidance of military service is to undergo an additional examination

On February 15, 2018 the Court of General Jurisdiction of Lori Province ruled to assign a complex forensic and military medical examination in connection with the case of conscript T. M., who did not leave to start military service because of disagreeing with the decision of the Central Medical Commission.

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Will the Defense Ministry or the Ministry of Finance provide compensation to the ex-serviceman? The case is in court

 On March 5, 2018 the Lori General Jurisdiction Court of First Instance ruled to involve the Ministry of Defense of the RA as a co-defendant in the case pertaining to the provision of compensation to the ex-serviceman.

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HCA Vanadzor’s response to the clarification by the RA General Prosecutor’s Office with regard to the additional information paper of HCA Vanadzor on the fatalities in the Armed Forces in 2017

Only in the case of the adequate implementation of the commitments undertaken by the RA authorities in international instances through human rights conventions and covenants will the representatives of the authorities be able to present their reports in a proper manner.

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Information Paper Updated Information on The Fatalities in The RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2017

HCA Vanadzor presents an additional information paper on the cases that surfaced after the publication of the Information Paper on the Fatalities in the RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2017.

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The serviceman serving in the army for a year despite health problems was discharged early only after applying to court

What should be noted is that E. T. did not receive any treatment of any of his health problems throughout the whole period of the deferment. Therefore, his state of health could not have been improved given the gravity of his health problems.

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5 months after being drafted, the conscript was granted an early discharge due to health deterioration

զինված ուժերOne of the residents of a village in Armavir Province, 5 months after being drafted into the armed forces despite health problems, was granted an early discharge in January 2018.

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