We, the undersigned citizens, and organizations, strongly condemn the recently unfolding campaign of hatred and threats against journalist, researcher, head of the “ANI Foundation for Armenian Studies” Tatul Hakobyan and his activities.
The freedom of expression, respect for human dignity, the inviolability of the lawful activities of a journalist are among the pillars of democracy. The protection of those rights and other human rights is enshrined in the Constitution of the RA and other laws, therefore, the state is obliged to ensure their proper realization and protection. The expression of opinions and ideas, the debate and the search for solutions to problems in no way shall be hindered by violence, hate speech, death threat or any other unlawful act. Moreover, impeding or disrupting public debate through violence or threats of violence does not address the issues of the debate.
We call on the authorities of the Republic of Armenia, in a manner prescribed by law, to examine the statement of journalist and public figure Tatul Hakobyan on the death threats, to identify and subject to liability the organizers and implementers of that campaign within the scope of law.
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Open Society Foundations – Armenia
Transparency International Anticorruption Center
Women’s Support Center
“For Equal Rights” Educational Center
“Article 3” Club
“Asparez” Journalists Club
Law development and Protection Foundation
Public Journalism Club
Women’s Resource Center
Helsinki Citizens Assembly – Vanadzor
“Against Discrimination and for Equality” Coalition
“Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO
“Union of Informed Citizens’ NGO
“Investigative Journalists” NGO
Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation
Aliq Media Armenia
“Armenian Progressive Youth” NGO
Center for Community Mobilization and Support NGO
Peace Dialogue NGO
Center for Policy Studies