Closely following the investigation into the criminal case against Alexander Arzumanyan, we have convinced once more that the law enforcement of RA continues to act in the illegal field they created themselves. It was more than strange and shameful for the Republic of Armenia, when the ex-foreign minister was arrested prior to the elections on some odd charge. This must have given rise to concerns by every citizen of RA and the lawfulness of the elections should be challanged. The law enforcement bodies, maintaining the logic of their work style created for years, first found the one who should be guilty and then brought the charge. We have again been convinced of this, when it was found out recently that Alexander Arzumanyan “has laundered” not the money of Levon Markos “gained by unlawful means”, but he “has laundered” the money of Sashik Aghazaryan, a businessman living in Moscow. Suddenly the investigation agency found itself in a deadlock. However, we should admit that it was in the deadlock since the first day the proceedings had been instituted, and in order to save the situation, the law enforcement applied to the relevant agencies of Russian Federation to find out the illegality of the S. Aghazaryan’s activity. This may have only one explanation: to keep the ex-minister of RA, the initiator of the movement “Civic Disobedience” in prison as long as possible in order to get away with the extra problems prior to the elections.
Taking into consideration the following Helsinki Association condemns such work style of the authorities of RA and demands:
to release from prison the ex-minister of foreign affairs Alexander Arzumanyan,
to conduct an official investigation into a groundless accusation brought against A. Arzumanyan by the National Security Service (NSS) and to bring to justice those criminal officers of NSS and the Prosecutor’s Office of RA, which did not undertake anything to prevent the illegalities taking place within the case.
On June, 26 the whole democratic world celebrates the International Day In Support of Victims of Torture. Helsinki Association expresses its support to the victims of torture not only in Armenia, but worldwide.
Helsinki Association states that despite the fact that the Armenian authorities signed under international documents which prohibit torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment, no changes has been made in this regard.
The use of torture by law-enforcement officials, mostly in police stations, with the aim of beating up necessary evidence is still practiced. The Prosecutor’s Office and the courts by no means react upon such cases and, with the help of forensic medical examiners, do everything to conceal the facts of arbitrariness.
Helsinki Association demands that the Armenian authorities should conduct effective and open investigation into all the cases related to torture, which should lead to fair and impartial trial.
If our demands are neglected Helsinki Association will apply to the international institutions with a request to overview their relations with the Republic of Armenia up to the imposition of economic and political sanctions.
Recently “Helsinki Association” Human Rights Defender NGO has made statements about the illegal acts taking place in the Prosecutor’s Office of RA.
It’s worth to mention that the Prosecutor’s Office of RA has chosen the variant of completely illegal work style in dealing with the murder of Levon Gulyan. Particularly, the Prosecutor’s Office of Yerevan, which has taken the murder case of L. Gulyan to its proceedings, refused to cooperate with the injured party. Thus, nearly all the motions of the assignees of the injured party and those of their representatives were rejected. Moreover, the Prosecutor’s Office of Yerevan tries to exert pressure on Mikael Danielyan, the representative of the assignee of the injured party and the chairman of Helsinki Association.
A huge wave of illegalities has arisen in Vanadzor, where dozens of people were brought to the police station by the law enforcement bodies of RA within the scope of the investigation of murder of A. Ghazaryan, the prosecutor of Lori region (in the end of August). Those people were illegally deprived of liberty, there were also cases of torture. Helsinki Association controls/observes the process of this case and later will make statements about the above mentioned illegal acts.
We also have to state that the situation in the army is quite alarming. Grave crimes, cases of violent deaths and suicides of soldiers has recently increased a lot and the criminal actions of military prosecution contributes to it, when the committed crimes are incorrectly legally classified: the murders are represented as suicides or manslaughters. The investigation agency does not take any steps to reveal the reasons of such crimes or to erase them.
Helsinki Association considers that the Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for all this, as it has gone astray from its main function of maintaining legality.
To: Secretary General of the Council of Europe
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Members of the Bureau, Standing and Monitoring Committees of the PACE
CoE High Commissioner for Human Rights
The “Helsinki Association” would like once again to draw your attention to the urgent problems that continue to influence negatively the overall Human Rights situation in Armenia.
After 2008 Presidential elections and the shooting of peaceful demonstrators it the most urgent demands of the entire International Community, reflected particularly in the relevant PACE resolutions, was the credible, independent investigation on the exact circumstances that led to the said events of 1 March, including the killing of 10 persons, and the demand to release the persons detained on artificial and politically motivated charges
The “Helsinki Association” testifies that after two and half years of promises and different kinds of imitations of the willingness to investigate the exact circumstances of the said events and thus to restore justice, no tangible progress has been achieved in holding to account those who are responsible particularly for the murder of those ten innocent victims, no actual perpetrators of the crime were held to account. Furthermore, the Armenian authorities are repeatedly rejecting the demands of the legal successors of 10 victims to investigate and reveal the killers of their relatives, a number of political prisoners remain in jails and the repressions of political opposition are still going on. The situation and conditions for the prisoners in the penitentiaries while not corresponding to any European standards remain the same. Tortures in police stations and in the army lead to death cases and are not discovered which has become a norm. The courts, implementing the orders of prosecution and authorities don’t carry out justice.
The “Helsinki Association” emphasizes that unpunished violations stimulate the sense of impunity and contribute to their recurrence and believes that the restoration of the rule of law and the protection of human rights anywhere, including Armenia are impossible without the disclosure of the real facts relating to Human Rights violations and without the punishment of those guilty in that violations.
In the view of the above-mentioned the “Helsinki Association” demands that the PACE Monitoring Committee’s co-reporters in regard of Armenia visit Yerevan as soon as possible and explore thoroughly the compliance of Armenia with its Council of Europe obligations. This is a necessary and well delayed step that would enable the Assembly to include the issue of the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia on its next session Agenda and will remind to Armenian authorities the seriousness of Monitoring procedure.
“Սույն վեբ-կայքի ստեղծումը հնարավոր է դարձել իրականացնել Քաունթերփարթ ինթերնեշնլի հայաստանյան ներկայացուցչության կողմից իրականացվող Քաղաքացիական հասարակության և տեղական ինքնակառավարման աջակցության ծրագրի, և Ամերիկայի Միացյալ Նահանգների բնակչության առատաձեռն աջակցության շնորհիվ` ԱՄՆ Միջազգային զարգացման գործակալության պայմանագրի շրջանակներում “Հելսինկյան Ասոցիացիայի” միջոցով: Սույնի բովանդակությունը, արտահայտված տեսակետերը և կարծիքները պատկանում են հեղինակին` “Հելսինկյան Ասոցիացիային” և հնարավոր է, որ չհամընկնեն Քաունթերփարթ ինթերնեշնլի հայաստանյան ներկայացուցչության, ԱՄՆ Միջազգային զարգացման գործակալության և ԱՄՆ կառավարության տեսակետերի հետ:”