On 25 April 2018, the human right defending organizations continue receiving alarm signals on chasing the peaceful protesters.
Particularly, the individual participants of the protest demonstrations are invited to the criminal investigation bodies with different statuses – eyewitnesses, suspects or accused to perform investigative activities, which, actually, limits the rights of the citizens to take part in the protest demonstrations.
We are demanding to immediately stop the groundless criminal chasings, to stop criminal cases and to stop illegal chasing people through criminal investigative activities.
At the same, despite numerous facts, programs and videos, so far nothing is known about the criminal cases initiated based on the illegal actions of the policemen against the peaceful protesters and any measures taken against them. We are demanding to start investigating the illegal activities of individual policemen, individual instigators, and policemen wearing civic clothing against protesters from April 13 to April 23, as well as to initiating illegal criminal cases by preliminary criminal investigation bodies based on proof and evidence.
We are demanding from the acting authorities of Armenia and law enforcement bodies to refrain from inadequate actions and to refuse from the attempts of exercising psychological pressure on peaceful protesters.
This statement has been prepared by the 'Protection of Rights Without Borders' and Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office organizations.
Organizations having joined this statement:
Helsinki Citizens’Assembly-Vanadzor Office
Open Society Foundations-Armenia
Transparency International Anticorruption
Power of Law NGO
Public Journalism Club
'Colorful House' Social, Cultural and Human Right Defending NGO
EcoLur Informational NGO
Real World, Real People NGO
Women’s Potential Development NGO
Potential of revival NGO
Armenian Program of Innocence NGO
For Equal Rights NGO
Human Rights House Yerevan Human Right Defence NGO
Sose Women's Affairs NGO
Against Legal Arbitrariness NGO
Women's Resource Center
For Journalists' Future NGO
Union of Informed Citizens
Khazer Environmental and Cultural NGO
Need for Public Information and Knowledge NGO
CPI Armenian Center
Hrazdan Civil Youth Center
Artashat Civil Youth Center
17:54 April 25, 2018