40 Shnogh Community Residents Called Upon to Court Demanding Fair Compensation

40 Shnogh Community Residents Called Upon to Court Demanding Fair Compensation


40 Shnogh residents have called upon to court for the restitution of their violated rights demanding proper compensation for the land areas having been alienated from them, as Barrister Karen Tumanyan informed EcoLur.

'Teghout' CJSC had received a permit for the operation of Teghout copper and molybdenum mine for 25 years and in 2007 the company called upon to court to expropriate the residents of Shnogh and Teghout communities. Before that, the right to the property having been recognized as eminent domain and owned by villagers was stopped for a certain amount of money.

This year, the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) returned judgments against Armenia, particularly 'Teghout' CJSC, in regard to 6 submitted applications. Nevertheless, the residents think that these funds are not adequate to the loss they have incurred and they have again called upon to court with the expectation of receiving proper compensation.

'The court returned judgments which said that the compensation provided by 'Teghout' CJSC, 50-60 AMD for one square meter, has expropriated these people. When the ECHR judgments were published, numerous Teghout and Shnogh residents applied to us. Currently, around 40 complaints have been submitted for appeal – these are the cases which were not sent to Appeal Court and the cases were finished in the first instance courts. At that time, people didn't appeal, but now they want their cases to be reopened,the barrister noted and added that they are currently administering transitional justice.


This article is made possible by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

14:55 April 16, 2019


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