Armenia’s Ministry of Defense most concerned with human rights protection in army - minister

16:57 • 10.01.17



A meeting at Armenia’s Ministry of Defense discussed the work to improve human rights protection in Armenia’s armed forces, results of cooperation with international organizations and NGOs.

Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan participated in the meeting.

Armenia’s Minister of Defense Vigen Sargsyan, who is marking the 100th day of his work as minister, highlighted human rights protection in the army, as well as cooperation with the Human Rights Defender.

“Our cooperation is producing results.”

Mr Sargsyan highlighted the work of the Human Rights and Discipline Center.

Head of the Human Rights and Discipline Center, Lieutenant-Colonel Alik Avetisyan presented the work done.

“It is a field that requires hard professional work, and a division for protection of servicemen’s rights was created with this end in view,” he said.

On the basis of servicemen’s complaints about health, medical examination and rights, the division raised relevant issues.

Tatoyan said the problems require a joint activities and collaboration with international organizations. He added that they have created an expert commission tasked with dealing with servicemen’s rights.

Emphasizing the importance of the initiative, Minister Sargsyan said the new body will focus its activities on two major areas: change in the atmosphere of systemic violations and collaboration with civil society and international organizations to ensure the Ministry’s access to specific cases.

“The first interested body is the Ministry of Defense whose task is to ensure protection for the citizen in the Armed Forces. That’s the only way to motivate the citizen to effectively guarantee the country’s defense,” he added. 





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