Armenia’s laws actually guarantee human rights – lawyer

12:47 • 10.12.16



Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year.

In an interview with Tert.am, lawyer Gevorg Gyozalyan reported two instances of massive human rights violations in Armenia this year: detentions of supporters of the Sasna Tsrer (Daredevils of Sassoun) group and an ECHR judgment on judicial misconduct by one of the judges of Armenia’s Court of Cassation.

“I can mark out two instances of massive human rights violations. Without any explanations, numerous residents of Sari Tagh neighborhood were detained and brought to police stations, military units and other places. I see massive human rights violations here,” Mr Gyozalyan said.

Gross violations were committed when people were arrested.

“In some cases, people were brought to military units without any explanation, kept there up to 24 hours and released. Those were gross violations. That must have been one of the major human rights violations,” the lawyer said.

With respect to the ECHR judgment on the Vardanyan and Nushikyan v. Armenia case. The judgment contains assessments of activities of Presiding Judge of the Court of Cassation Arman Mkrtumyan.

“It is evidence of a major human rights violation. The ECHR focused on the presiding judge of the Court of Cassation because he forced reconciliation on the parties thereby showing partiality, while the litigants were Armenia’s government on the one hand and residents of Buzand Street on the other hand. I consider it an unprecedented judgment as it is a rare case of an ECHR judgment against individual judges. We have individual other cases as well,” Mr Gyozalyan said.

Asked about any flaws in the law that complicate prevention of human rights violations, Mr Gyozalyan said it is not a problem of days.

“This is one of the most burning questions in Armenia. The idea that the authorities and their inner circles have for years been promoting is that flawed laws mostly account for human rights violations. I am far from thinking that it is actually the case.”

Mr Gyozalyan is sure that Armenia’s laws guarantee human rights protection. Different ideas are suggested by people wishing to cover up human rights violations.

“It is a problem of a biased approach.”





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