In the cases outlined below, the RA Police has taken and continues to apply disproportionate measures against Jermuk residents opposed to the Amulsar project, which may be qualified as political persecution.
1. On August 25, 2019, three people were arrested on charges of hooliganism and slander in the village of Gndevaz, and a decision was reached towards two of them to keep in two-month arrest. Two of them are residents of Jermuk actively involved in Amulsar's defense.
2. On July 13, 2019, when the Investigator of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Armenia tried to enter the Amulsar Project area with Lydian Company specialists and Lydian Company vehicles and citizens blocking their access, police forcibly arrested two brothers, Arthur and Soso Khachatryan. On the same day, policemen wore bracelets to detain two other peaceful demonstrators, which was also a disproportionate measure in case of these persons' peaceful non-violent conduct.
3. On the night of June 21, 2019, two Jermuk citizens, also involved in the Amulsar defense movement, were involved in a scuffle with their fellow citizens. One of them was charged with hooliganism and was arrested.
4. One year ago, on August 27, 2018, management and staff of Lydian Armenia Company, misrepresenting the results of the inspection of RA Environmental and Soil Inspection, attempted to penetrate into the mine site and resume work. Based on the testimony of two Lydian employees, a criminal case has only been filed against Jermuk residents and Amulsar guards Artur Grigoryan and Artashes Khachatryan.
We demand that the illegal activities be stopped immediately;
Zaruhi Hovhannisyan, human rights activist
Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center
Asparez Journalists Club
Protection of Rights without Borders
Journalists for Human Rights
Women's Rights House
Armenian Environmental Front Civic Initiative
Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor office
Nare Hovhannisyan, human rights activist
Socioscope Center for Public Research and Consulting NGO
Weles Human Rights NGO
19:50 September 23, 2019