Nowadays Armenia is one of the leading countries…in terms of the number of conscientious objectors it has. We may well fall behind China or, say, Myanmar in this respect, but the population of these countries is “somewhat” larger than ours, plus the authorities there do not get furious in trying to persuade the world community of their adherence to democratic values.
Lernik Atanyan, the judge of the Court of First Instance of Syunik Region, who was examining the case (the trial must have taken place in Stepanakert ), considered this ungrounded and absurd version as “substantiated” and sentenced M. Dumikyan to 3 years’ imprisonment. The interesting thing is that M. Dumikyan was not satisfied even with this sentence, which was more than lenient, as he escaped one day before the verdict delivery and is still at large.
Since 1994, when the cease-fire was established between the armies of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan, an uncertain, legally complicated and confusing situation was formed in Nagorno Karabakh. The status of the soldiers of RA, who were trying to help their compatriots from Armenia, could, in no case, be settled. That is, being the citizens of a given country, they factually serve in the army of another country and were subjected to the laws of that very country: Nagorno Karabakh.
Arsen Simonyan, an Armenian national who was performing his military service in N.36534 military unit of the Defense Ministry of Armenia (Republic of Nagorno Karabakh) died on 7 July 2005. Officials state that he committed suicide. Investigation says A. Simonyan’s “suicide” was prompted by constant abuses he was subjected to by his co-servicemen, namely Junior Sergeant M. Mkhitaryan and Sergeant G. Barseghyan.
According to an official version of the military prosecution office, on 06 June 2007 Eduard Mirzoyan, a soldier performing compulsory military service in No. 49971 military unit of the Defense Ministry of Armenia (Republic of Nagorno Karabakh), died 15 minutes after being wounded in the region of the heart as a result of enemy fire. Considering these “facts” as well-grounded, A. Mirzoyan, an investigation to the case, brought a charge against Igor Atanyan, Deputy Battalion Commander on Personnel for “duty abuse resulting in aggravated consequences” as provided in Paragraph 2 of Article 275 of CC of Armenia. A criminal case No. 90803507 was opened into the death.