Rights of Soldiers/Recruits
The Military Commissariat of Stepanavan equated the HCA Vanadzor advocate representing the serviceman’s interests with a law-enforcement agency and rejected the information inquiry
In a letter of July 13, 2018, Stepanavan Military Commissar Armen Eloyan rejected the information inquiry by HCA Vanadzor advocate Syuzanna Soghomonyan, referring to an order which had no connection with it. Under the order, “military commissariats provide personal files and information to other law-enforcement agencies only in the case of the existence of relevant decisions or letters in the … Continue reading →
The relatives of deceased serviceman Zhorik Petrosyan do not believe in the official version of the death cause
According to the data of the RA Ministry of Defense, at around 3.30 pm on July 24, 2018, the corpse of ordinary serviceman-combat soldier Zhorik /patronymic name: Vahag/ Petrosyan (born in 1999) was found in the combat position of one of the RA military units located in the south west. There was a gunshot wound in the head.
The serviceman drafted with health issues in January 2018 was declared unfit for military service and was discharged in June
S. K., who was drafted with mental health issues and nocturnal enuresis in January 2018 and right from the day following the conscription was hospitalized due to the flu and then pneumonia, was declared unfit for military service with the support of HCA Vanadzor and was discharged.
The expert in the case of the deceased serviceman reinstated his position; the cardiologist could have foreseen the death outcome
On July 13, 2018, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Ararat and Vayots Dzor Regions heard G. Harutyunyan, the expert in the case of serviceman Suren Mosiyan’s death.
Information Paper on the Death Cases in the Armed Forces of the RA and the Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh in the First Half of 2018
According to the information obtained by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor from mass media outlets, official sources and the relatives of the deceased servicemen, 24 servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh died in the first half of 2018.
The first phase of the trainings implemented for people subject to military enlistment, servicemen and their relatives
The participants had the opportunity to receive answers to the questions that they were concerned about as well as to personally present the existing documents on the examinations of their state of health to the specialists of the Organization in order to receive consultation from the expert doctor.
The list of diseases determining the degree of fitness for military service should be changed
The existing issues in the list (the list was approved under Decision 404-N of the RA Government) of diseases determining the degree of citizens’ or servicemen’s fitness for military service are the center of HCA Vanadzor’s attention.
V. H., who was charged with evasion of military service, has been released from criminal liability
By decision of June 7, 2018, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Lori Region released from criminal liability V. H., who had refused to be conscripted due to disagreement with the decision rendered by the Central Medical Commission on June 7, 2018.
The awareness trainings for conscripts and servicemen continue
In the framework of the project “Human Rights Training for Conscripts”, the trainings conducted by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor continued in Goris, Syunik Region and in Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Region on June 17 and 18, 2018.
The first training of the project “Human Rights Training for Conscripts” commenced in Yerevan
The participants were mainly interested in the impartiality of choosing the place of performing military service by lot during the conscription and the corruption risks connected with it, the manifestations of unequal treatment when drawing lots, specific cases of deferment of compulsory military service, the structure of conscription, the issues relating to the structure of conscription committees as well as the amount of reimbursement for transportation costs given to servicemen in the case of basic leave being provided and other issues.
New developments in the case of inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide
On May 11, 2018, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Syunik Region of the RA continued the stage of the examination of evidence related to the case of inciting serviceman Gevorg Khachatryan to commit suicide.
Information Paper on the Actions Implemented Aimed at the Identification of Phenomena of Corruption and Abuse in the Armed Forces of the RA and the Nagorno-Karabakh (according to the latest constitutional amendments: the Republic of Artsakh) 2 Years after the Hostilities of April 2016
HCA Vanadzor regularly presents the cases of corruption and abuse that occurred during the hostilities of April 2016 and the situation of the resulting violations of servicemen’s human rights, the actions implemented by the authorities aimed at identifying and resolving those violations as the situation of the implementation of their obligations. This information paper touches upon the aforementioned issues, presenting the steps that have already been undertaken two years later.