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We are appealing to you regarding the atrocious crime committed by Armenian authorities, namely the illegal use of the Army against peaceful civilians on 1-2 March 2008 which obviously violated not only the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Armenia but also breached internationally accepted principles of democracy concerning the neutrality of the Army.

The use of the Army in internal political matters for impeding people's undisputable right to participate in governing themselves, accompanied by large scale crack down on basic civil and political rights of citizens, severe persecution of the members of political opposition, including mass arrests and illegal convictions, as well as the imposition of unlawful restrictions on mass media, are unquestionable characteristics of a coup d’état.

Despite the fact that the use of regular Army by Armenian authorities in the course of 1-2 March 2008 events in Yerevan, is undeniable reality, documented in numerous reports, testimonies, photo and video materials, the ruling regime until now has managed to cover up this crime and to escape any responsibility.

Only recently this issue was finally raised within the PACE in the form of the Motion for a Resolution concerning the Involvement of the Army in the events of March 2008 in Armenia (Doc. 12157, presented by Mr. Lindblad and others). We fully support this initiative. Also, we strongly believe that to tolerate such crime means to contribute to its recurrence.

It is out of any doubt that the investigation of a crime can not be trusted to the perpetrators of that crime. Thus, we call upon the members of the Assembly to consider without any farther delay, under urgent procedure, the issue of the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia in general and, in particular, the fact of the anti-constitutional use of the Army by Armenian authorities, and to create a Committee consisting of PACE members to study and give assessments to this issue.

We also recommend to the Assembly to examine thoroughly the overall effectiveness of its Monitoring procedure in regard of Armenia for the period 2007-2010.


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Armenian Helsinki Association
Armenian Committee of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly
Centre for Rights and Freedom NGO
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For Justice NGO
Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation
Civil Society Development Centre of Syunik
Asparez Journalists’ Club
Menq plus NGO
Public Advocates Union
Shahkhatun NGO of Political Prisoners’ Wives
Ajakits NGO

 

 

 

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ACGRC became a member of the Danish Development Research Network

 

ACGRC became a member of the Black Sea Research Network (BSRN). BSRN is an action-focused and multidisciplinary network of policy-oriented research institutes that develop research programmes on issues of importance to the political, social and economic development of the Black Sea region. It represents an innovative attempt to structure and coordinate a network of research institutes (and researchers) focusing on the wider Black Sea region. The Network is working under the patronage of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (Greece).

 

Chairman of the Board of the Analytical Centre on Globalisation and Regional Cooperation Stepan Grigoryan took part in the Czech Television film Sore Spots of Southern Caucasus.
Petruška Šustrová is the script author and Martin Mahdal is cameraman and producer of the film.

 

 

ACGRC became a member of the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network (CEE CN). The network was created to provide opportunities for citizens' grassroots initiatives from CEE region to learn, exchange experiences and ideas as well as enhance their organisational growth through establishing and managing a partner relationship among themselves.

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