Rights of Soldiers/Recruits

Results of expert examination on conscripts’ fitness for military service raise doubt. Prosecutor’s Office assigned to schedule another expert examination

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor carries on providing legal assistance to conscripts and their families. The Organization receives alerts on declaring conscripts fit for military service despite their health problems and we regularly referred to such alerts in our previous publications.

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Ministry of Defense submitted response to the claim

10145Today, the RA Administrative Court held the 1st hearing on HCA Vanadzor’s claim on compelling the RA Ministry of Defense to provide information.

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RA MoD Central Medical Commission recorded only some of the conscript’s health problems and found him fit for military service

12981The RA MoD (Ministry of Defense) Central Medical Commission’s decree on one more conscript who consulted the Organization is challenged before the RA Administrative Court, with the support of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor.

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Forensic examination was assigned to find out which article was applicable to Hovhannes Mosyan’s disease

On February 23, 2017, the RA Administrative Court, presided by K. Baghdasaryan, resumed examination of the claim on annulling the RA Central Medical Commission’s decree on Hovhannes Mosyan’s health status.

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Defense Ministry to clarify at the Administrative Court: what are the military service limitations for conscripts with health problems?

10145Under provision of legal assistance to conscripts and their families, HCA Vanadzor often identifies cases when persons with health problems incompatible with military services are drafted to the armed forces. Usually, persons with various health problems are declared fit for military service with limitations and it is not often clearly defined what extent of physical activity is prescribed for what health problems.

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Why does Armenia’s Defense Ministry keep silent?

9d59b6b70cdf0be67078f7c5fd42b6aeOn February 1, the NKR Defense Ministry made a statement that the “invalid” notes in the military IDs of the servicemen who took part in the 4-day April war “are conditioned by the negligent omissions by relevant officer of the military unit in question.”

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Artur Sakunts: “The Defense Minister must explain how it happens that there are no children of officials among those who commit suicide or are murdered in the army”

3cc2aff7-7245-1000x708-100-scaleExamination of the deaths cases in the army makes it clear that the practices of drafting children from disadvantaged families to border posts still persist and the responsible authorities do not exercise proper control. This was observed by human rights activist Artur Sakunts, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, in his interview to ‘Medialab’ referring to another incident recorded the other day.

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The decision on declaring serviceman fit for military service will be disputed before the Administrative Court

IMG_3141-copyAs reported before, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor disputed the RA Central Military and Medical Commission’s decision on declaring serviceman Razmik Petrosyan with health problems fit for military service taken at the session of March 3, 2016.

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2 military servicemen with health problems were exempted from military service with the help of HCA Vanadzor

Over a year ago, E. K. from Vanadzor turned to Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor stating that his son military serviceman G. K., despite of a number of diseases incompatible with military service, was declared fit for service by the Central Medical Commission’s decision and then started his service.

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Joint Statement on the draft law “On the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and social inclusion thereof in the Republic of Armenia”

jointAlthough the Government of the Republic of Armenia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 7 years ago, the draft of law “On the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Social Inclusion thereof in RA” was redeveloped and introduced to National Assembly in November, 2016. One month ago, the draft of the law passed in its first reading during the extraordinary sitting of the National Assembly.

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The European Court of Human Rights submitted questions on the case of the deceased military serviceman: RA Government will answer them by March 20, 2017

Following the complaint submitted with the support of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, the European Court of Human Rights submitted its questions to the Parties on the case of NKR Defense Army conscript soldier Tigran Varyan’s death. The victim’s successor and his representative filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights under Article 6 (Right to a fair trial), Article 2 … Continue reading

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Report on Human Rights Situation of Conscripts during Winter (2015) and Summer (2016) Call-ups

72760Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor hereby presents the data on the human rights violations throughout the winter call-up of 2015 (December 2015 – January-February 2016) and the summer call-up of 2016 (May-July), the legislative gaps and law enforcement issues recorded then.

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