What prevents detection of persons responsible for ‘March 1’ case?
01.03.2018
13:00
On March 1, the Media Center hosted an interview-conference on ‘What Prevents Detection of persons responsible for March 1 case?’ with Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia.

During the interview, Avetik Ishkhanyan expressed an opinion that in the foreseeable future, the perpetrators of March 1 events will neither be detected, nor punished as punishing the police will mean undermining the basis of the authorities.

"If you punish police officers who committed torture or violence or beatings during elections, will the police further obey your instructions in critical situations? Instead, they will rather think: “Well, if I follow these instructions, I’ll be punished.” Since the 1990s, the Armenian authorities have mostly relied not on the people’s vote, but rather on the law enforcement agencies that help them to maintain their power."

The human rights activist also notes that the role of the police in Armenia is to protect the authorities, which contradicts the democratic values.

"In Armenia, the police acts by instructions rather than by law. The role of the police in civilized countries is to protect public order and human rights. It’s a public structure rather than an institution serving the authorities. But in Armenia, the police is an institution serving the authorities rather than the state."

Avetik Ishkhanyan also draws attention to the fact that a number of legislative amendments following the current introduction of the parliamentary governance system are actually initiatives justifying the March 1 events and leading to replication of such cases.

"If the Republican Party, ARF, Tsarukyan Bloc and Yelk Bloc are really concerned over non-replication of the March 1 events, the police should become the Ministry of the Interior and the National Security Service - the Ministry of National Security; they should be under parliamentary oversight. There should be a separate law for the investigative agencies so that they are independent from the prime minister. This will be the first step to exclude and prevent in the future any events like March 1. And by adopting the draft laws, the National Assembly will justify March 1."

Derenik Malkhasyan, Media Center Project Editor/Coordinator

To contact the author, please feel free to email him: derenikmalkhasian@gmail.com

 

Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
“RA NA Snap Elections Pre-Election Period Monitoring Primary Results”
22.11.2018
14:00
On November 22 Media Center hosted a press conference on “RA NA Snap Elections Pre-Election Period Monitoring Primary Results”. The speakers were Varuzhan Hoktanyan, project director at Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Sona Ayvazyan, executive director at Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center and Alik Petrosyan, project coordinator at Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center.
Priority Issues and Measures Taken to Improve Prison Education
13.11.2018
11:00
In penitentiary institutions in Armenia there are still a number of issues related to convicts’ education rights implementation.
NGO Law Amendments in the NGO Objections Spotlight
08.11.2018
11:00
November 8 Media Center discussion dealt with State Revenue Committee new bill which envisages full visibility of NGO financial reports.
Ex Convicts’ Reintegration Issue in Armenia
07.11.2018
12:00
The reintegration issue of ex convicts starts at the moment when the sentenced person enters penitentiary institution.
Hovhannes who spent 6 months in custody but finally found justice tells about his struggle, the violence and suppressions he was subjected to.
05.11.2018
15:23
“The person who lost freedom lost hope for life. He doesn’t know when he will be released and what awaits him.”
At the beginning I did not figure out how long I will stay in prison. In Nubarashen penitentiary the cells are in a poor condition. The walls are covered with mould, insects and even scorpions entered the cells. The air was stuffy. Sometimes 14 people would stay in a cell equipped for 12.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Videos
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events