Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office presents the findings of its 2017 monitoring of publications on 16 Armenian web pages issued about the field of mental health.
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.
Findings of the 2017 Monitoring of Mass Media Publications on Drug Users, Drug Trafficking and other Drug-related Issues
The majority of the 168 publications published on the official web pages of state bodies, 164 of them or nearly 98% were disseminated by the RA Police. 3 publications were published on the web page of the RA Prosecutor’s Office and only 1 – on the web page of the RA Ministry of Health. There were no relevant publications on the official web page of the RA Labor and Social Affairs.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor is presenting the reference on the fatalities recorded in the RA Armed Forces and NKR Defense Army in 2017.
Reference on performance of the actions to ensure implementation of the 2014-2019 Strategy on Maintenance and Improvement of Mental Health in Republic of Armenia: 2014-2016
While the implementation of the Strategy largely depends on financial investments, the entities responsible do not mostly address them in their responses. Judging by the monitoring results, the lack of cooperation among the co-implementing entities also negatively affected the implementation of the Strategy. The results and terms of the actions are not clear and measurable, which makes it difficult to assess them.
HCA Vanadzor collected the data on the death cases in January-June 2017 from the information disseminated by the mass media and official sources as well as provided by the families of the deceased servicemen.
According to the findings of the study by HCA Vanadzor, in January-June 2017, 36 conscript soldiers and contract servicemen, more exactly 23 conscript soldiers and 13 contract servicemen, deceased in the RA armed forces and NK defense army.
Reference on updated information on death cases identified in RA Armed Forces and NK Defense Army in 2016
Having some doubts that the provided information was incomplete, the Organization carried out some further studies into the death cases of 2016. The Organization learnt from other official sources about death cases of 13 more servicemen in 2016 not announced by either official sources, or in the mass media.
Summary of Reference about the monitoring findings of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets in 2016
The use of stereotypical wordings during the introduction of persons with mental health issues in publications describing and presenting various unlawful acts, as well as the presence of publications containing violations of the right to the protection of a person’s personal data and their growth as compared with the recent years continue to remain concerning.
In this reference the opportunities of exercising the rights of persons with psychosocial and mental disabilities through Spitak Care Home are presented. The current study is especially crucial in terms of highlighting the differences in the state of human rights protection between a large, closed type of care facility, such as Vardenis Neuropsychological Boarding Home and Spitak Care Home. The reference outlines the impact of Spitak Care Home on the life quality of its residents.