• Armenia’s ruling coalition retained a parliamentary majority following the May 2012 elections amid allegations of abuse of administrative resources, and intimidation of voters, observers, and journalists. Ill-treatment in police custody persists. The government has yet to offer conscientious objectors a genuine civilian alternative to military service. It has also failed to effectively investigate a troubling number of non-combat deaths in the military. Violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation are serious problems. Bureaucratic restrictions prevent people with terminal illnesses from accessing strong pain medications.

  • Nov 15, 2013
    The European Union should ensure that human rights are at the core of its relationships with the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership. On November 28 and 29, 2013, the EU will convene a summit of its eastern neighbors in Vilnius, at which it is expected to lay the foundation for deeper political and economic ties with several partnership countries.
  • Sep 11, 2013
    A spate of violent attacks against peaceful protesters appears to be a concerted effort to intimidate activists and should be effectively investigated, Human Rights Watch said in a September 11, 2013 letter to the Armenia police chief and to the head of the Special Investigative Service. Officials should swiftly bring the attackers to justice and make clear that any violence against people for exercising their right to peaceful protest will be neither tolerated nor condoned.