“Does the State Refuse its Obligations? Donation Call by the RA Minister of Defense for the Treatment of the Military Serviceman”
17.01.2018
12:00
On January 13, RA Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan posted on his Facebook page about the treatment expenses of military serviceman Albert Dallakyan, who was wounded as a result of violating the rules for safe handling with a weapon by the platoon commander. The minister urged to donate for surgery of the wounded soldier abroad. The required amount is 46,000 USD.

The minister's post was not accepted definitely. Some have defended and joined Vigen Sargsyan's urge, and some have severely criticized his idea.

During the discussion entitled “Obstacles and Expenses of Military Servicemen’s Treatment: Properness of Fundraising by the RA Minister of Defense” on January 17 at Media Center, Arthur Sakunts, Head of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office, says that   by this call, in fact, Vigen Sargsyan confesses that state tools for solving such issues are ineffective or he refuses to use those tools.

“The state is particularly responsible for a soldier. The duty of the state is to ensure its security, life, health insurance, which may arise during the service. The Minister must exercise his powers and duties as prescribed by law, one of the purposes of which should be the solution of the health problems of the servicemen,” Artur Sakunts said. “If Albert Dallakyan needs treatment abroad, this means that funds for solving such health problems are ineffective or absent, and in this case, the soldier must be sent abroad to be treated by state means.”

Zaruhi Hovhannisyan, Human rights defender, says that if the problem is considered at the individual level, our society is always ready to help a soldier. However, when the issue is considered from the point of view of the obligations of the state, serious gaps arise.

“With respect to the case of Albert Dallakyan, we see that the state did not even pursue a fair trial. If it is mentioned that the case has been caused by careless use of weapons, penalties should be prescribed,” the speaker said. “There is a very important issue here. First of all, if the high-ranking military is negligent with the weapon, it's already talking about the army's qualitative problems. I think the minister should first of all deal with this problem. The other problem is that the state abolishes within the concept of “nation-army” because we see that every question is put in front of the community and the community takes on the solution of the problem.”

Arthur Yeghiazaryan, Military expert, says that the call should be perceived not as a call of RA Minister of Defense but as Vigen Sargsyan's call because the statement was made on an individual's page on Facebook social network:

“Vigen Sargsyan's page is a personal page and not the official page of the Minister of Defense. When you read the statement, it starts with dear friends ... That is, he has applied to his friends as an individual, and I do not see anything wrong in it. On the other hand, taking into account such precedents, it is necessary to develop a policy, to make legislative changes that do not cause such situations, that is, instead of charity, the problem should be solved through state intervention and support.”

Touching upon the calls that the necessary amounts were to be taken from the Soldiers Insurance Fund, the speaker said:

“Taking into account the logic of the Fund, the exception could not have been just for one case. The goal of the fund is that, being a warring country, it is not ruled out that the events like April war can be repeated and wider.”

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Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email toderenikmalkhasian@gmail.com.

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