- Published: 10 November 2015
Political Prisoners in Armenia
Prepared by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly - Vanadzor
Updated on September 28, 2015
The failed authorization of the Armenia-EU Association Agreement and Serzh Sargsyan’s decision to join the Eurasian Economic Union of 2013 were followed by a notable rise of persecutions by the Armenian authorities against human rights defenders, journalists and civil activists.
In the past 2 years, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia has become more difficult. Space for human rights defender organizations and individual activists is constantly shrinking due to legislative amendments and punitive actions by the authorities.
Large-scale violations of the freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and the use of the justice system to violently suppress all protests that attempt to go beyond apolitical demonstrations shows that the authorities have employed an openly punitive stance against any and all dissent.
In support of political prisoners, a number of protest actions were launched, namely: press conferences, peaceful marches, demonstrations and petitions, with hundreds of participants: ordinary citizens, activists, human rights defenders and opposition politicians.
A number of human rights defenders and opposition figures recognized and condemned the political persecutions in the RA.
In this connection, the EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Armenian National Platform issued a statement, and the Human Rights Watch referred to the political persecution against Shant Harutyunyan and friends.
This list covers the list of the political prisoners in the RA (Republic of Armenia) and was drafted in compliance with the "political prisoner" term as defined by PACE.
The Report also includes the names (with detailed case description) of the persons convicted for their political views and released after serving their sentences.
Presently, the 12 persons listed below were imprisoned in the RA for their political views:
1. Shant Harutyunyan;
2. Avetis Avetisyan;
3. Liparit Petrosyan;
4. Vardan Vardanyan;
5. Albert Margaryan;
6. Mkrtich Hovhannisyan;
7. Vahe Mkrtchyan;
8. Hayk Harutyunyan;
9. Alek Poghosyan;
10. Volodya Avetisyan
11. Hayk Kyureghyan; and
12. Vardan Petrosyan
To prepare the Report, the HCA Vanadzor monitored the mass media, examined relevant judgments, observed trials and collected the required information from the families and lawyers of the persons in question. The Report provides details on the circumstances of their detention, political motives and photographs of each of the present and former political prisoners.
See full report from here: Political prisoners of Armenia