Human Rights Defenders: The Aim of Lawsuit of Principals of Schools against Daniel Ioannisyan is to Intimidate
12.04.2017
13:00
The lawsuit initiated by the principals of 30 schools against the “Union of Informed Citizens” (UIC) NGO aims at intimidating the civil society representatives engaged in the disclosure of illegitimacies of the government.

In fact, there is not any criminal offense in the scandalous revelation made by that organization. This is a well-known journalistic trick uncovering the truth. The human rights defenders stated this during the discussion at Media Center on April 12.

Before the parliamentary elections on April 2, "Informed Citizens Association" NGO published the records of the school principals, where they confessed that made lists of people for the Republican Party. After the elections, 30 school principals appealed to the court, demanding an apology of Daniel Ioannisyan, UIC program coordinator, and compensation of 2 million AMD to each one.

Ishkhanyan said that there is such a situation in the state that the education sector is politicized now and in this case, school principals and teachers are ready to deliver such services in order not to lose their jobs. “They are also the victims and the subjects of this system,” Ishkhanyan said adding that there is no criminal element in what the “Union of Informed Citizens” did.  

He said that in the case of such disclosures, there are scandals and resigned people in civilized countries. “All the performers knew for sure that they will not be punished. I was sure that some measures would be taken against Daniel after the election, of course. And one of the reasons was that all the political parties except the Republican Party should make use of these disclosures, including the ultimatum that if this issue is not revealed, they would not participate in the elections,” he said.

Avetik Ishkhanyan, Arthur Sakunts, Head of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office, and Levon Barseghyan, Board Chairman of Journalists' Club “Asparez”, participated in a discussion entitled “The Assessment of the Human Rights Defenders on the Case Filed against Daniel Ioannsiyan” at Media Center on April 12.

Artur Sakunts believes that the principals should not apply to the court on the ground of slander but heads of administrative districts, governors of regional administrations and the headquarters of the Republican Party should apply to the court against the principals and state that what they said is a slander. “Now the government once again humiliate the principals and make them apply to court without any grounds,” he said, adding that the Republican Party leadership realizes very well that they have a direct responsibility but do not have the courage to accept that responsibility publicly.

Levon Barseghyan thinks that the lawsuits aim at intimidate apparently, not justice. “Instead of protection, they attack. This is a very wrong way. There is no slander in the publication of records, in my opinion. The qualification of slander is a result of either ignorance or gerrymander,” Barseghyan said, adding that the plaintiff “will appear in a very bad situation” and blame the instructors.

“They are absurd lawsuits; it is impossible to prove as they were not slandered. We spoke with several attorneys, lawyers, and experts,” Levon Barseghyan said, adding that an announcement will come soon and they would urge others to join it.

According to him, all political forces participating in the elections, as well as NGOs should state their positions about this issue. “Education is a field that applies to almost every citizen of Armenia. So now is the time for everyone to say their opinion clearly and overcome this problem. We must be able to accept this challenge and this system should change dramatically,” he said.

To watch the video, follow the link.  

Arshaluys Mghdesyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to arshaluismghdesyan@pjc.am.

Videos
Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
Election Race in the Armenian Online Platforms - 2018
19.12.2018
12:00
Region research center conducted a research on Election Race in the Armenian Online Platforms – 2018 researching 22 Facebook pages of the political forces standing in the elections in 6 online platforms since November 1.
THE RIGHTS OF ARMY RECRUITS IN WINTER 2017 AND SUMMER 2018 CONSCRIPTION
18.12.2018
12:00
On December 18 HCA Vanadzor office presented a report on The Rights of Army Recruits in Winter 2017 and Summer 2018 at Media Center.
“The New Parliament: Mechanisms to Control the Authorities and Shape Counterbalance”.
14.12.2018
17:00
On December 14 Media Center initiated an online live debate at A1Plus pavilion on “The New Parliament: Mechanisms to Control the Authorities and Shape Counterbalance”.
Human Rights Violations in Penitentiary Institutions in 2017-2018
13.12.2018
11:00
The years long prevailing issues in penitentiary institutions remain unsolved. This was the note struck by public group of monitors conducting supervision over RA ministry of justice penitentiary institutions on December 13 Media Center discussion.
Human Rights in 2018: Annual Sum Up
12.12.2018
11:00
For 25-30 years issues related to human rights violations in Armenia have been in our spotlight: Such was the notice of Larisa Alaverdyan, head of “Fighting Against Violations of Law” NGO, first Ombudsperson of Armenia on December 12 at Media Center press conference.
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Services
Videos
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events