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Drop Charges Against Rights Defender Sashik Sultanyan

(Yerevan) – Armenian authorities have persisted with spurious criminal incitement charges against a human rights activist, Sashik Sultanyan, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges are in retaliation for an online interview Sultanyan gave in which he…
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Any Limits Require Human Rights Protections

(Berlin) – Armenia’s parliament on March 31, 2020 passed amendments giving the authorities very broad surveillance powers to use cellphone data for tracking coronavirus cases, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendments impose restrictions on…
The Parliament of Armenia adopted the bill granting the authorities broad surveillance powers to track coronavirus cases.
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Lack of Meaningful Accountability for Police Violence

(Berlin) – The Armenian government made important steps to improve access to palliative care for people with life-threatening illnesses in 2017 and parliament passed a law on violence in the family, but serious gaps in human rights protection…
Public debate on the law on violence in the family, passed in December 2017.
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Replacing Onerous Procedures Allows Access to Strong Pain Medication

As of today, thousands of cancer patients in Armenia may soon be able to get the pain treatment they need – and to which they have the right – thanks to new regulations the government adopted earlier in November. About 8,000…
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Lack of Effective Investigations Undermines Media Freedom

By Anahit Chilingaryan On the evening of September 28, Narine Avetisyan, editor-in-chief of a regional television station, got a call about workers laying asphalt on a road in the pouring rain in Vanadzor, Armenia’s third largest city. She went…
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Legal Changes Are Next Step to Get Treatment to Those in Need

About 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year, many spending their last days in excruciating pain. But Armenia has recently taken two important steps toward ending their suffering. In February, the government adopted a…
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One-Sided Prosecutions Year After Attacks on Protesters, Journalists

(Yerevan) –  The Armenian government has failed to ensure full accountability for police violence against largely peaceful protesters and journalists a year ago, Human Rights Watch said today. At the same time the authorities have…
Riot police and barbed wire block protestors from marching down Baghramyan Street in downtown Yerevan on July 30, 2016.
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Prompt, Thorough, Effective Inquiry Needed

(Yerevan) – Four members of an armed opposition group in Armenia, on trial for serious crimes, have alleged that police beat them in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have an obligation to conduct a prompt,…
A police officer in Yerevan’s Erebuni Nubarashen district court prevented Areg Kyureghyan from passing a note to his lawyer then removed him along with two other defendants from the courtroom. According to lawyers for Kyureghyan, Avetisyan, and two other
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Authorities Should Immediately Investigate, Ensure Protection

(Berlin) – A prominent human rights defender in Armenia has received death threats, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately investigate the threats, made on the rights defender’s Facebook page, and ensure that…
Artur Sakunts (center) participating in a meeting with journalists in Yerevan, May 15, 2017.
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Last month Armenia held its watershed parliamentary election, initiating the country’s transfer to a parliamentary form of government. The process will be completed after next year’s presidential vote, when the president’s post will become largely…
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Close Orphanages; Ensure Accessible Services, Education for All

(Yerevan) – Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should urgently provide community-based…
A boy sits on a swing in the courtyard of an orphanage for children with disabilities, Yerevan, Armenia.
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Urgent Legal Changes Are Next Step to Get Treatment to Those in Need

About 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year, many spending their last days in excruciating pain. But Armenia is taking an important step towards ending their suffering, and the government recently adopted a national strategy to…
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Protesters Face Long Sentences, but Violence Against Them Unpunished

(Berlin) – The Armenian government failed to ensure meaningful and credible accountability for law enforcement officials responsible for excessive and disproportionate force against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
Demonstrators march peacefully in downtown Yerevan on July 30, 2016.
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Authorities Act After Protestors Are Violently Attacked By Police

The police chief of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city, was sacked this week. The sudden dismissal of Ashot Karapetyan was due to his “failing to prevent violent attacks on protesters and journalists” during protests in late July, Armenian authorities…
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Authorities Round Up, Detain Protest Leaders

(Yerevan) – Armenian authorities have arbitrarily detained dozens of people linked to the ongoing, largely peaceful, protests and beaten many of them, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities also have pressed unjustified criminal charges against…
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Stun Grenades, Beatings; Protesters, Journalists Injured

(Yerevan) – Armenian police used excessive force against peaceful protesters on July 29, 2016 and assaulted journalists reporting on the demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said today. Police used stun grenades, which wounded dozens of demonstrators and…
Riot police and barbed wire block protestors from marching down Baghramyan Street in downtown Yerevan on July 30, 2016.
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Several years ago I started researching the nearly insurmountable barriers people with advanced cancer face in accessing opioid painkillers in Armenia. I interviewed many people who were dying — in horrible pain. These were devastating interviews, seared…
Gurgen G., who had a brain tumor, and his mother. Gurgen participated in a palliative care pilot project, which improved the quality of his remaining life. He died in August 2012, free from pain.
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Release Gevorg Safaryan; Conduct Credible Investigation Into Charges

(Berlin) – Armenian authorities should release a political activist who was arrested during a public gathering on January 1, 2016, and placed in pretrial detention, pending an impartial investigation into the charges against him, Human Rights Watch said…
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On the Pretrial Detention of Gevorg Safaryan

Gevorg Kostanyan Prosecutor General   Dear Mr. Kostanyan: Please accept my regards on behalf of Human Rights Watch. We are writing to you to voice our concern about the pretrial detention of Gevorg Safaryan, a…