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Life of Arkadi Kochinyan charged on preparing Don Pippo’s attempted murder is endangered

maxresdefault-7-600x338If Arkadi Kochinyan is killed or commits a suicide or self-injury or if any such attempts are committed, the full responsibility will be borne by the RA Ministry of Justice, RA MoJ Penitentiary Department and administration of ‘Nubarashen’ penitentiary facilities.

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HCA Vanadzor strongly condemns the violence against Narine Avetisyan, editor-in-chief of ‘Lori’ TV company

HCA Vanadzor will be consistent in holding liable the persons guilty of violence and examining the issues raised by Narine Avetisyan.

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Statement on Non-fulfillment by the RA Government of its Commitment to Make Legislative Changes in Human Rights

The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor views the RA Government’s reasoning for not adopting the draft Law on the procedure for initiating criminal cases on slur as the RA Government’s refusal to fulfill its legal and constitutional commitment, violating the principle of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and independence of the judiciary.

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HCA Vanadzor condemns illegal actions of Vanadzor police

Today, on the Human Rights Day, various people from Vanadzor signaled HCA Vanadzor that police officers summoned them for various invented pretexts and in many cases even apprehended them to police stations, urging them to refrain from attending and taking part in the Human Rights Day march in Yerevan.

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HCA Vanadzor’s message on the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence

pjimage (8)On September 21, 1991, the centuries-long dream of the Armenian people came true and today we already have a 25-year-old statehood.

By re-establishing its statehood, the Armenian people gained the right to talk to the civilized world on equal terms and determine independently its own way to improve its statehood.

Regrettably, the Republic of Armenia, represented by the RA authorities, could not apply that right with dignity and present itself to the international community as a state with an independent and sustainable statehood.

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Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor extends condolences for well-known human rights activist Mikayel Danielyan’s death

14066415_10153764043570965_2990206736624176220_oMikayel Danielyan, a well-known human rights activist and the Founder and Chairman of Helsinki Association of Armenia, passed away untimely.

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Yavaş-Gamats Summer School 2016 has been postponed

logoDue to the extraordinary conditions in Turkey, we have postponed Yavaş-Gamats Summer School, which was planned to be held on August 1-7 2016, to a later date.

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Attack on our partner Medialab.am

13936614_10210404606422064_862619864_nYesterday, on August 7, our friend Medialab held an open-air live exhibition of its political cartoons at Mahstots Park in Yerevan. While it was initially planned to have a week-long exhibition in a closed space, the appointment was cancelled by the host and Medialab was unable to rent any other place in the City of Yerevan because the owners feared repercussions for hosting the event. In solidarity with Medialab, the attendees of the open-air exhibition also wore the exhibits on them.

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To: United Nations Secretary-General, CoE Secretary General, OSCE Secretary General, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights and Head of OSCE/ODIHR

We hereby urge the international and intergovernmental organizations, with Republic of Armenia among their member states, namely CoE, UN, OSCE, to immediately activate their presence in the RA to prevent the ongoing violations of human rights by the authorities, ensure the application of the principle of rule of law in the RA and require that the RA authorities fulfill their international human rights commitments.

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Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor condemns the widespread violence and illegal actions by the RA Police

The police banned gatherings in Khorenatsi street and arrested people who support members of 'Sasna Tsrer' group which occupied the Patrol-Guard Service Regiment of Erebuni district for over 11 days in Yerevan, ArmeniaStarting from July 17, 2016, the illegal actions taken by the RA Police against citizens, namely detentions without any legal grounds and denying access to proper legal aid, as a rule accompanied by physical and psychological pressure, became even more intensive on July 27, 2016 starting from 4 am.

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Strictly adhere to the principle of equal responsibility before the law

After ‘Sasna Tsrer’ Group seized with the use of arms the premises of the RA Police patrol and guard service regiment with all the ammunition therein on July 17, 2016 and published their demands on Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation from his office of the RA President and release of Zhirayr Sefilyan and the other political prisoners, the authorities, represented by the law enforcement agencies, took large-scale actions against the members and supporters of the Founding Parliament and other RA citizens.

Over the past 8 days, spontaneous assemblies and marches were held; the main demand of the people attending them was to evade force and overcome the current crisis only through negotiations to prevent the possible bloodshed and further aggravation of the crisis.

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We demand that the Police at least provide the families of the apprehended persons with information on their whereabouts

On July 21, at dawn, a total of 136 persons were apprehended to police divisions from Khorenatsi Street in Yerevan. This information was provided by the press service of the Police. According to a press service of the Police, some of the apprehended persons were released and others are still detained at police divisions in a status of the apprehended. … Continue reading

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