Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor

Report on death cases recorded in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and Armed Forces of the Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh during the first half of 2023

August 3, 2023

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According to the information summed up by HCA Vanadzor,  death cases of 52 servicemen were recorded in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh during the first half of 2023. 

 

Below we present the causes of the 52 death cases.

  • 15 were caused by the breach of the rules for handling weapon, munitions, hazardous materials;
  • 13 were caused by the breach of the ceasefire regime;
  • 9 were caused by car crash;
  • 8 were caused by health problems;
  • 5 were caused by suicide or inciting suicide;
  • 2 were caused by accidents. 

 

For the sake of comparison, we should note that during the first half of 2022, death cases of 30 servicemen were recorded in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh, of which

  • 9 were caused by violation of the ceasefire regime,
  • 7 were caused by car crash,
  • 7 were caused by health problems,
  • 4 were caused by suicide or inciting suicide,
  • 2 were caused by murder  (1 violation of the rules for handling weapon, 1 murder by another person not related to the service),
  • 1 was caused by an accident (electrocution).

 

The total number of death cases recorded during the first half of 2023 has increased by 73% as compared to the number of death cases recorded during the same period in 2022. The number of death cases caused by violations of the ceasefire regime during the first half of 2023 increased by 44% (9 and 13 cases respectively) as compared to the number of death cases recorded as a result of the same cause in the same period in 2022; the number of death cases caused by accidents increased by 1 case (1 and 2 cases respectively), the number of death cases caused by car crash increased by 29% (7 and 9 cases respectively), the number of death cases caused by suicide increased by 25% (4 and 5 cases respectively), the number of death cases caused by health problems increased by 14% (7 and 8 cases respectively).

 

For more details, read the Report on the death cases recorded in the Armed Forces during the first half of 2023.

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