Absence of Life-term Prisoners' Amnesty Precedents
22.05.2013
12:00
On May 22, 12:00 Media Center a Panel Discussion / Press Conference on "Absence of Life-term Prisoners' Amnesty Precedents".

Chairman of Armenian Helsinki Committee Avetik Ishkhanyan, Ombudsman's Counselor Yeranuhi Toumanyants, journalist Zaruhi Mejlumyan, member of Civil Initiative Group for Protecting Prisoners Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Zaruhi Mouradyan and armenologist, philologist Artsvi Bakhchinyan.

Ishkhanyan is convinced that Armenian authorities treat life-term prisoners as 'lost' people, depriving them of any hope. Life-termers cannot use their rights defined in local and international laws, one of which is conditional early release after 20 years of imprisonment.

The human rights advocate noted that one of the most important legislative omissions is sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment.

"Gagik Jhangiryan spoke against raising the age requirement arguing it would result in crime increase in the army. This is a 'punishing' psychology, specific to Stalin period", Ishkhanyan said.

The Ombudsman office representative shared this opinion. "Our proposals on this issue will be discussed in the National Assembly in 2014 after which the Ombudsman will come up with an initiative", Ombudsman's Counselor Yeranuhi Toumanyants stated. 

Journalist Zaruhi Mejlumyan informed that 22 persons were sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 18-21, 15 of them were on military service. "In other countries life-termers can demand case review and DNA testing, whereas it is impossible in Armenia: all the material evidence is  removed after the verdict. As a result of our civil initiative group's efforts a law was passed prohibiting removal of material evidence. I label it as a great victory. Now we are in the process of founding a non-profit organization the aims of which will include instituting DNA testing", - Mejlumyan concluded.

Zaruhi Muradyan added that the initiative group used to turn to authoritative bodies with petitions, but never getting any response from them they decided to continue the action by introducing legislative projects.

A few days ago life-termer Mher Yenoqyan's book "Parallel Worlds" was published. The whole income received will be directed to his education expenses. Artsvi Bakhchinyan is sure that Yenokyan has become a 'collective' character embodying all the life-term prisoners in Armenia and the book reflects what they all go through.

During the press conference the speakers presented their demands in the form of announcement addressed to the RA President, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Justice. 

Photos
Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
Reasons and Tendencies of Hepatitis Transmission in Armenia
16.08.2018
12:00
Media Center, Yerevan, in 2017-2018 Positive People Armenian Network NGO conducted a research in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Hrazdan, Sevan, Gavar, Martuni and in Armavir aimed at early disclosure of virus hepatitis B and C among population and raising awareness.
Defense Field State Procurement Contain Intense Corruption Risks: Expert
26.07.2018
14:00
On July 26 Artak Manukyan president of National Center of Public Policy Research presented the monitoring results of 2017-2018 defense field state procurements at Media Center.
Media: New Authorities, Tendencies to be Concerned About
25.07.2018
12:00
Manipulation, campaigns, disinformation, fake sites, all this has always been in media. It’s the scales we witness currently that enables media experts to label the situation as critical.
“The Obstacles Facing the Monitoring Group and Current Problems Relating to Violation of Human Rights in Penitentiary Institutions”
25.07.2018
11:00
After the velvet revolution the ministry of justice sticks to the same position and keeps hindering the group's activity the same way", stated Nare Hovhannisyan, member of the public monitoring group in conducting public control in RA ministry of justice at July 25 Media Center discussion.
The Conditions of Russian Military Base Armenian Stay Should be Clarified
23.07.2018
13:00
At July 23 Media Center discussion on “Unrest over Panik Incident”, Artur Sakunts, head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office labelled July 17 Panik incident on behalf of Russian military as terror act against the local population.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Videos
Armenia-Turkey Events