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The prisoner who has had heart surgery twice on hunger strike

A short while ago the Helsinki Association was informed that a prisoner Arayik Hakobyan had initiated a hunger strike in the "Hrazdan" criminal-executive institution. Note that Arayik Hakobyan has had heart surgery twice and he should be under dynamic control of the cardiologist, as prescribed by the physician.

We would like to mention that according to official information, there are cardiologists only in the criminal-executive institutions of "Prisoners' Hospital" and "Armavir” (both on a contractual basis).We would like also to inform that Ara Hakobyan has been moved to the "Prisoners Hospital” for a short period of time, and soon after, on June 7, by the Commission’s decision, he was moved from the "Prisoners' Hospital" to the "Hrazdan" CEI.

There is no cardiologist in the “Hrazdan" CEI, therefore not only the prisoner’s health state is being endangered but, in this case, also his life. We strongly demand to take urgent and imperative measures to prevent unacceptable outcomes.
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The Helsinki Association Defender NGO expresses its strong condemnation of violations taken place during the elections of Yerevan Avagani (Assembly of Aldermen) of May 17, 2017, particularly against Zaruhi Postanjyan, the NA Deputy,  a candidate for Yerevan Mayor, and her daughter Lilit Drampyan, as well as those taken place against journalists in polling stations and in RPA headquarters.

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The Helsinki Association for Human Rights Protection NGO in Armenia will do auditing mission and report on April 2 during the Parliamentary elections in Armenia, particularly in Erevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor cities. For announcing about the violations of the elections' procedure contact out office: Moskovyan 8, apart 33/a, Yerevan.






Yerevan office 
  • Helsinki Association for Human Rights (010) 53 19 72
  • Nina Karapetyants (091) 19 30 87
  • Arman Veziryan (099) 41 79 79
  • Lilit Tadevosyan (099) 10 32 03
    Vanadzor
  • Ararat Margaryan (094) 50 27 29
    Gyumri
  • Vahagn Khachatryan (095) 95 09 40
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Today the detaine Hrachya Gevorgyan was again subjected to torture in the Nubarashen penetentiary center. His advocate Nina Karapetyants was informed about that today. When she tried to visit Hrachya, she was falsely informed that the detainee had been transferred to Armavir penitentiary center. But Nina Karapetyants has demanded a meeting with the penitentiary administration and required a visit with her client from the deputy director of the penitentiary center.

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At October 24 the Helsinki Association has got an application from Epress.am news page that a resident of Vardenis Armen Yeranosyan was being hold in Nubarashen Psychiatric Penitentiary against his will for several days. After getting the news the Chairman of Helsinki Association advocate Nina Karapetyants went to NubarashenPsychiatric Penitentiary with human rights defenders and a journalist from Epress.am. 

The group had a meeting with NubarashenPsychiatric Penitentiary’s director Armen Ananyan, who was trying to prove that Armen Yeranosyan was in bed psychic health estate and that he tried to jump from Kievyan Bridge. Afterwards, a psychiatrist of NubarashenVazgenArakelyan, who announced in the beginning that “he doesn’t give a shit about human rights”, joined the conversation. On the basis of Nina Karapetyans’ demand, Armen Yeranosyan (the patient) was invited to an interview in the director’s cabinet. He told that he was kept in the penitentiary against his own will, and he never wanted or tried to jump from the bridge. Yeranosyan also told that when he acted a manifestation against the government, he was called from a police station, appointed near the bridge assuring that they r going to give a solution to his problem…

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