Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
It was words of freedom that were being spoken last night in Vanadzor’s Jazz Café, on December 14th, 2017. Beautifully wrapped into a theatre play, Eva Jašková, EVS volunteer at Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, addressed the right to freedom of opinion and expression by incorporating texts of imprisoned writers Tal Al-Mallouhi (Syria), Faraj Ahmad Birqdar (Syria) and Sepideh Jodeyri (Iran) into Jack London’s renowned novel Star Rover and created an outstanding performance, raising awareness about the issue of prisoners of conscience.
HCA Vanadzor submitted a package of suggestions on the RA draft Law on Making Amendments to the RA Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations
On June 1, 2017 the RA Ministry of Justice posted for public discussion on its unified website for publications of draft legal acts the RA draft Law on Making Amendments to the Republic of Armenia Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai has released a concise, easy-to-use fact sheet on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, which summarizes key principles in international law and best practices for promotion of the right.
Human Rights Situation in Neuropsychiatric Medical Institutions in 2013 Hospital never can become a home for anybody
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor pays special attention to human rights protection in closed and semi-closed medical institutions (psychiatric institutions, penitentiary institutions, etc.) because the risks of human rights violations in such institutions are high. The HCAV regularly carries out human rights monitoring in closed and semi-closed medical institutions in order to study the situation of human rights, reveal and reinstate the violations, make recommendations and provide legislative solutions.
The Report provides a summary of the incidences of oppression and persecution, assessment of the compliance by the Republic of Armenia with its commitments, including the recommendations on Armenia of 2010 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (SR).
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Appeal over Zhuleta Amarikyan’s case was satisfied.
December 3 is the international day of persons with disabilities, which is celebrated this year under the theme of “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”. Approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population/ over one billion people/ live with some form of disability, who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society.
There is only one difference related to the events of this summer. As a general rule, if previously violence had been applied during pre-election and post-election periods, when the protests were basically targeted at violations of electoral right, now election as such does not exist. I must make one important correction: we mean mass activism and violence, since violence against citizens is always applied at personal level, when there are no mass speeches or actions of protest.
On 30 and 31 May 2013 the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (“the Commissioner”) held a Round-Table in Kyiv on human rights and the security sector. The theme of the event corresponds to issues which had been raised during previous Round-Tables with human rights defenders, in particular the one organised in Strasbourg in 2011.