Authorities failed to bring to justice officials responsible for excessive use of force against protesters and journalists, including during largely peaceful protests in Yerevan in July 2016.
Authorities failed to bring to justice officials responsible for excessive use of force against protesters and journalists, including during largely peaceful protests in Yerevan in July 2016. The trials of 32 men accused of crimes committed during the violent takeover of a police station in Yerevan, which prompted the protests, were ongoing at time of writing.
Human rights defenders faced threats and harassment.
Domestic violence persists as a serious problem.
The examination of human rights violation and pressure cases recorded between January-July 2017 give sufficient grounds to conclude that the conditions for human rights defenders and their activities are in adequate for a full-fledged protection of the rights and interests of citizens and social groups in Armenia.
The report, Together for Human Rights 2016: A Year in Review describes the activities and achievements of IPHR and its partners with respect to dealing with human rights challenges and threats to civil society in the former Soviet Union in 2016.
The section on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of the Report addresses the case of Ani Boshyan who suffered torture by RA Police officers and whose rights are protected by HCA Vanadzor.
The section on Trial Procedures addresses the case of Al. Tsverianov, who was apprehended to the police station and under the pressure of violence and threats by the police gave self-confession evidence on committing various robberies.
The incidents of human rights violations identified by HCA Vanadzor are also addressed in sections on Arrest Procedures and Treatment of Detainees and on Persons with Disabilities.
Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Armenia to observe the 6 December Constitutional Referendum, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) on 26 November deployed a Referendum Expert Team (RET) to observe the Constitutional Referendum. The OSCE/ODIHR RET focused on the legal framework, referendum administration, and the campaign and media. The OSCE/ODIHR RET did not assess the content of the constitutional amendments or observe proceedings on referendum day in a systematic manner.
Citizen observer: Final report Observation Mission for the Constitutional Amendments Referendum of the Republic of Armenia on December 6, 2015
The constitutional amendments referendum held on December 6, 2015, was monitored by the Citizen Observer Initiative, a coalition established in 2013 and constituted by the following nongovernmental organizations: Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC), Europe in Law Association (ELA), Journalists’ Club “Asparez” (JCA), and Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office (HCAV). The goal of the Citizen Observer Initiative is to oversee national and local elections in the Republic of Armenia (RoA) and determine their compliance with domestic legislation and international democratic standards.
World Report 2016 is Human Rights Watch’s 26th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from the end of 2014 through November 2015.
International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), partner of HCA Vanadzor, visited Armenia in a fact-finding mission organized in the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) on 24-29 June 2015. The purpose of the visit was to document the actions by the police against peaceful protesters on June 23, 2015.
US Department of State published its annual Report on Human Rights on 25th June, 2015.
Armenia should intensify its efforts to ensure gender equality and protect human rights in the justice system
“Gender inequality and violence against women are serious human rights concerns in Armenia. More vigorous efforts are needed to address them,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing the report of his visit to Armenia from 5 to 9 October 2014. The adoption of gender-related action plans and the 2013 Law on Equal Rights and … Continue reading
Armenian media organizations are regulated by the laws On Television and Radio Broadcasting, On Mass Media, On Freedom of Information, On Copyright and Adjacent Rights, On Advertising, corresponding clauses of the Electoral Code related to the work of media during elections and referenda, as well as by a number of other legislative and normative acts.