Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor (HCA Vanadzor) presents its next report on the human rights situation in the Armed Forces. The issues identified and studied in the report are related to military discipline, the incentives and penalties provided to servicemen, the non-statutory relations, the opportunities for effective legal protection and the appeal mechanisms and their effectiveness, the situation of quality medical assistance and service, the conditions of military service and so forth.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office presents the overall picture of its activities in 2017 in the form of an infographic.
It presents the activities and the recorded achievements of the Organization according to specific directions.
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.
In May 2017 HCA Vanadzor, jointly with the ‘Advanced Public Relations Group’ (APR Group) NGO, conducted a sociological survey throughout Armenia to find out the public positions on international entities (EU, EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union)).
This report summarizes the findings of a monitoring mission to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, organized by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) within the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) on 28 July to 1 August 2016.
Reflection of Recommendations by International Election Observation Missions in the RA 2016 Electoral Code and their Implementation during 2017 National Assembly and Yerevan City Council Elections
2017 National Assembly and Yerevan City Elections manifested that many recommendations reflected in the Code have not been effectively implemented, and the recommendations not taken into consideration were more than necessary.
In August 2016, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, involving the ‘Advanced Public Research Group’ (APR Group) NGO, carried out a sociological survey in all the marzes (regions) of Armenia and capital Yerevan; one of the objectives of the survey was to find out the public position on Armenia’s orientation to the North or West.
Reflection of Recommendations by International Election Observation Missions in the RA Electoral Code
International Election Observation Missions (IEOM) have had a most significant role in pushing for electoral reforms, and particularly in terms of revising the electoral legislation. In 2015, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor conducted a thorough analysis (Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, 2015), assessing the implementation of recommendations submitted by International election observation mission in 2003-2013 in legislation and practice.
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.