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Words of Freedom, Portraits of Hope

DSC_0102It was words of freedom that were being spoken last night in Vanadzor’s Jazz Café, on December 14th, 2017. Beautifully wrapped into a theatre play, Eva Jašková, EVS volunteer at Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, addressed the right to freedom of opinion and expression by incorporating texts of imprisoned writers Tal Al-Mallouhi (Syria), Faraj Ahmad Birqdar (Syria) and Sepideh Jodeyri (Iran) into Jack London’s renowned novel Star Rover and created an outstanding performance, raising awareness about the issue of prisoners of conscience.

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HCA Vanadzor demands to initiate a criminal case against Serzh Sargsyan

maxresdefaultToday, on December 13, 2017, HCA Vanadzor has sent a report on crime to the RA Prosecutor’s Office by post in regard to initiating a criminal case against Serzh Sargsyan in the matter of his statements at the forum on local self-government and territorial administration authorities.

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An animated video on the influence of mass media on the lives of people using drugs

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This approach leads to the formation and strengthening of a negative stereotypical attitude towards drug users, which, in its turn, creates a groundless conviction and wish to isolate these people rather than offer them help.

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Widespread impunity and human rights vulnerability in Armenia: Sakunts

Artur_Saqunc (3)“We can record a positive tendency in Armenia, if by Constitution and international agreements steps are undertaken towards the fulfillment of the obligations, which we have not witnessed. Therefore, it is even an absurd to speak of any positive progress”, speaking about human rights defense in the Republic of Armenia, told human rights defender, Arthur Sakunts.

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Насилие по-семейному

8C74BC09-141F-45AC-9B89-9A34B9AF752D_w1023_r1_sОчень удивительно, что сам Серж Саргсян во время встреч глав ОДКБ почему-то вдруг в своем выступлении говорит, что Армения – приверженец семейных ценностей, которые проповедует также Российская Федерация. Я так понимаю, что закон о семейном насилии имеет политическое значение как индикатор определения: ты имеешь проевразийскую, прокремлевскую или проевропейскую ориентацию или ценности.

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Protester Taron Siradeghyan claims damages from the RA Police

ՈստիկանությունOn December 4, 2017, following the reversal by the RA Court of Appeal, proceedings were initiated in respect to Taron Siradeghyan’s claim against the RA Police at the RA Administrative Court.

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The Military Prosecutor’s Office disregards the decision made by the Chairperson of the Central Military Medical Commission and continues the criminal prosecution against the conscript

dataxazutyun.thumb_Conscript V. H., who has been receiving regular deferment since 2014, was recognized as fit for military service with some restrictions by the RA Central Military Medical Commission in January 2017. However, the conscript, disagreeing with the decision, refused to leave for military service.

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«Эти власти не дают оснований для оптимизма, чтобы соглашение было выполнено» (video)

UntitledvsСерж Саргсян своей властью завел нас, образно говоря, в закрытую структуру, похожую на уголовно-исполнительное учреждения, где открыл небольшое окно, откуда идет свежий воздух и свет, и начал прославлять этот шаг, рассматривая подписание соглашения ЕС-РА, – выражает свое мнение руководитель Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи Артур Сакунц.

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HCA Vanadzor hosted the students of Vanadzor School N 16

HCA_5155On November 29, 2017 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office hosted the students of Vanadzor School N 16. They were interested in the activities of the Organization in the field of human rights.

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The recommenced proceedings in protester Vahram Petrosyan’s case have been completed

download (7)On December 1, 2017 the RA Administrative Court recommenced the proceedings in protester Vahram Petrosyan’s case and appointed a day for pronouncing the decision.

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Following the re-opening in Vanadzor, the censored “Eclipse” exhibition is to be shown in other cities

DSC_0007The “Eclipse” exhibition, which was closed in Yerevan, re-opened in Vanadzor on November 29, 2017.

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Armenia-EU Agreement: will it work or not?

d2df0f7a325ee1d9a98f6ff22bc79ea2First, let’s note that they signed this document merely owing to the financial expectations. And these changes can also be accounted for by these expectations. However, I’m not positive the authorities will make those changes unless we put pressure on them. And with all this, I’m confident that our authorities are not the bearer of comprehensive human rights defense because if they were, they would not propose the nation-army concept, especially without putting it down to paper.

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