Statements issued by the Civil Society Institute are made both on behalf of the Institute and jointly with our partners to address cases of human rights violations and impunity within the society and to call for action the respective authorities.
27 July 2016
Police violated the right to freedom of peaceful assemblies of dozens of protesters.
On 27 July the Armenian police grossly violated and continue to violate the right to liberty and security of dozens of people. Over hundred persons were apprehended from the streets in Yerevan, police failed to notify them of any legal ground for deprivation of liberty. A significant part of them were transferred and arbitrary detained for prolonged periods at the premises of the regiment of police forces at Isakov street in Yerevan. Apart from detaining people at unauthorized locations, police hinder access of lawyers to detainees to ensure provision of legal aid.
For full version visit: http://csi.am/content/statement-csi-condemns-strongest-possible-terms-un...
For Armenian version visit: http://hra.am/hy/position/2016/07/27/assembly
20 July 2016
ADC Memorial and the CSI welcome CEDAW's list of questions for Armenia
The UN Committee to Eliminate Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has compiled a list of questions related to Armenia’s state report on the situation of women in the country, which will be considered during the Committee’s 65th Session. These questions include those previously raised by ADC Memorial and the Civil Society Institute as part of the first stage of the Committee’s preliminary briefing by representatives of civil society concerning discrimination against vulnerable groups of women, in particular female migrants and members of migrant families, trafficking victims, refuges from Syria and Iraq, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and women who face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
For full version visit: http://csi.am/content/adc-memorial-and-civil-society-institute-welcome-c...
For Armenian version visit: http://hra.am/hy/position/2016/07/20/CEDAW
For Russion version visit: http://adcmemorial.org/www/11856.html
18 July 2016
CSI condemns the use of any kind of violence
On the morning of 17 July 2016, it became known that a group of armed men forcibly entered the police regiment of the patrol service and took control of the territory and under threat of use of force hold captive policemen present there.
For full version visit: http://csi.am/content/csi-condemns-use-any-kind-violence
For Armenian version visit: http://hra.am/hy/position/2016/07/18/statement
09 December 2015
CSI is determined to follow-up and make sure that those responsible for electoral fraud are hold accountable.
Civil Society Institute (CSI) NGO carried out observation mission of the Referendum on the Constitutional amendments on 6 of December 2015 in Armenia. CSI observers revealed numerous violations of the electoral process, including obstruction to observers and journalists and subjecting them to threats and intimidation. The observers reported incidents of vote buying, attempts of multiple voting or voting instead of other voters.
For the full version visit - http://csi.am/content/csi-determined-follow-and-make-sure-those-responsi...
23 June 2015
Release without delay all participants to peacefull assembly who are deprived of liberty in police.
Early in the morning on 23 June, 2015 police dispersed a peaceful assembly against hike of the electricity fare organized in front of the President’s Palace at Baghramyan street in Yerevan. As a result more than 230 protestors were summoned to police stations.
For the full version visit - http://csi.am/content/release-without-delay-all-participants-peaceful-as...
22 May 2015
EU-Armenia: seeking more efficient support for justice sector reform
Ahead of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit scheduled for May 21-22, 2015 in Riga, FIDH and its Armenian member organisation Civil Society Institute (CSI) call on the EU to aim for more efficient support of the justice sector reform in Armenia.
In its advocacy paper FIDH and CSI provide recommendations that would help promote reforms and reinforce the EU's monitoring tools used to assess their effectiveness.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/i/up/FIDH_CSI_EU-Armenia_Advocacy_Note_Justice_Sector_Refo...
22 April 2015
Joint declaration: "100 yeras after the Armenian Genocide: Manifesto for memory and justice"
On the day that marks the centenary of the Armenian genocide, the first genocide of the twentieth century, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and its member organisations in Armenia, CSI (Civil Society Institute) and in Turkey, IHD (Insan Haklari Dernegi), HRFT (Human Rights Foundation of Turkey), pay tribute to the memory of its victims.
In the continuation of the closing declarations of the FIDH Congresses in Yerevan in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013, and on the occasion of the commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian genocide, our organisations adopt the following manifesto.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/en/position/2015/04/22/manifesto
15 April 2015
Law enforcement bodies have not presented convincing grounds for detention
On April 15, 2015 Civil Society Institute NGO disseminated a statement expressing its concern that law enforcement bodies had not provided convincing grounds for detention of the members of ''Founding Parliament '' (FP) and called upon RA authorities to immediately release detainees and respect their right to peaceful assembly.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/en/position/2015/04/15/statement
02 February 2015
The Police have obviously exceeded their authority
On February 2, 2015 “Civil Society Institute” NGO issued a statement concerning the incident which had happened to the members of the “Founding Parliament” during the auto-rally to Artsakh. This incident is asssessed to be in violation of human rights and freedoms forbidden both under the RA and NKR Criminal Codes.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/en/position/2015/02/02/statement
05 May 2014
Joint Statement on the application of detention as a measure of restraint in Armenia
Recent cases of pre-trial detention in Armenia once again raise the issue of the routine application of measures of constraint by judges in violation of the international human rights standards.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/en/position/2014/05/06/statement
15 October 2013
Torture perpetrators shall not be granted amnesty
Civil Society Institute expresses its deep concerns in regard to this shameful practice of releasing police officers-perpetrators of torture from serving punishment by granting amnesty. As a result, torture perpetrators avoid criminal responsibility or serving their punishment, and this contributes to a climate of impunity among the law enforcement officials.
For the full version visit - http://hra.am/en/position/2013/10/15/torture
04 October 2013
The falsifications of the pre-trial investigation should not remain unaddressed: letter of CSI
“Civil Society Institute” NGO sent a letter to the Armenian Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan drawing his attention to contradictions and falsifications of the pre-trial investigation in the criminal case against Aram Moughalyan, Robert Piloyan, Arthur Qlyan and Gagik Arakelyan who are charged with hooliganism and an attempt of setting a fire on a haystack.
06 September 2013
Violence is an act of pressure and threats aimed at the freedom of expression and assembly
Proposed by Civil Society Institute (Armenia)
A series of attacks, dangerous for life and health of individuals, took place between 22 August and 5 September, 2013 in Yerevan. All these individuals are supporters of civil initiatives, either through active participation in different protest actions or as having direct relations to the activists. (...)
31 May 2013
Turkey: Urgent Resolutions Adopted by the FIDH at Its 38th World Congress
Proposed by Civil Society Institute (Armenia), Human Rights Association and Turkish Foundation for Human Rights (Turkey)
Following the resolution of the 37th FIDH Congress held in Yerevan, Armenia in April 2010 and as a result of the endeavours of the human rights NGOs from Armenia and Turkey that was started during the Yerevan Congress, (...)
25 March 2013
Armenia Urged to Implement UPR Commitments and Recommendations
Civil Society Institute (CSI), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) released a mid-term assessment (May 2010 - December 2012) following the recommendations by the United Nations member states in the framework of Armenia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in May 2010 (...)
5 December 2012
Administration of Justice in Armenia
26 November 2012
Joint Open Letter to the President of Armenia - From Words to Acts:
Putting an End to Torture and Ill-Treatments in Armenia
On 10 and 11 May 2012 the United Nations Committee against Torture considered the third periodic report of Armenia. A number of civil society organizations, including the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) together with its member organization in Armenia Civil Society Institute (CSI) submitted alternative reports concerning the compliance of the state legislation, acts and policies with the UN Convention against torture. (...)
9 May 2012
UN Committee against Torture to Examine Armenia’s Record on Torture
This week, Armenia’s torture record is up for review by the UN Committee against Torture. A report submitted to the UN monitoring body by FIDH and Civil Society Institute (CSI), its member organization in Armenia, highlights three failures of the state with regard to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishments: failure to properly criminalize torture, failure to prevent it in police facilities or detention centers, and failure to hold accountable those responsible. The report provides the Committee with information on both the legal system and state practice in the country, illustrated by concrete cases that cover a wide range of torture practices. (...)
23 February 2012
FIDH and CSI Demand Fair Trial and Independent Investigation
in the Stepan Hovakimyan and Vahram Kerobyan Cases
23 December 2011
Jehova’s Witness Sentenced to 6 Months In Prison: Armenia Must Respect Freedom of Conscience
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization the Civil Society Institute (CSI) condemn the sentencing of Jehova’s witness, Andranik Makvetsyan, to 6 month in prison. (...)
25 July 2011
Armenia: Call for Ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention
31 May 2011
FIDH and CSI Welcome the Release of Political Prisoners in Armenia
18 May 2011
Armenia: FIDH, CSI and the Armenian Helsinki Committee Call on
the Authorities to Investigate and Re-open Levon Gulyan’s Case
May 12, 2011, will mark the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of Levon Gulyan, who died at the Police headquarters of Yerevan as he was testifying in a murder case. So far no one has been brought to justice in this case. (...)
11 March 2011
Harassment against Political Opponents Must Stop
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its partner organisation the Civil Society Institute (CSI) condemn the recent and repeated harassment of political opponents and members of their families. (...)
19 May 2010
Armenia Urged to Investigate March 2008 Violence and to Guarantee Freedom of Expression and Assembly
Yerevan, Geneva – On the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of Armenia, which took place in Geneva, FIDH, its Armenian member organisation Civil Society Institute and the Helsinki Committee of Armenia welcome the numerous important recommendations addressed to the authorities and call on Armenia to implement them rapidly. (...)
27 April 2010
Death of a Suspect at the Charentsavan Police Department
Paris-Yerevan, April 27, 2010 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), its member organisation in Armenia, the Civil Society Institute (CSI), the Armenian Helsinki Committee and the Foundation against the Violation of Law condemn the death of Vahan Khalafyan at the Charentsavan Police Department on April 13, 2010. (...)
16 August 2010
Declaration by FIDH Member Organisations in Armenia and in Turkey
Adopted by FIDH’s 37th Congress in Yerevan
Resolution of FIDH’s 37th Congress
FIDH’s 37th Congress pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide and salutes the efforts of its member organisations in Armenia and in Turkey and brings its full support to the joint Declaration that they have concluded in the context of the 37th FIDH Congress, including perspectives for actions identified in the Declaration. (...)
2 April 2010
8 Years Have Passed Since A1+ TV Company Closure
The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, Yerevan Press Club, Internews Media Support NGO, Media Diversity Institute-Armenia, Armenian Helsinki Committee, Foundation against Violation of Law, Civil Society Institute express their concern about the restrictions to the freedom of speech and media in the Republic of Armenia. (...)
24 March 2010
Statement of FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen on the Eve of the 37th Congress of FIDH
The preparation of the FIDH 37th Congress and Forum organised by FIDH and its partner organisation CSI in Yerevan, Armenia on April 6-10 Forum 2010 continues. More than 250 participants have already confirmed their presence and many other confirmations are expected soon. FIDH, together with CSI, Helsinki Committee of Armenia, the Collaboration for Democracy Centre and the Foundation against Violation of Law published a briefing paper on the administration of justice last Friday. (...)
23 March 2010
Administration of Justice in the Republic of Armenia
In the perspective of the Forum Justice: New challenges – The Right to an effective remedy before an independent tribunal organised by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation the Civil Society Institute (CSI) in Yerevan on April 6-8, FIDH, together with CSI, the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, the Collaboration for Democracy Centre and the Foundation against Violation of Law, releases today a briefing paper to recall the preoccupations concerning the functioning of the justice system of the Republic of Armenia. (...)
9 March 2010
FIDH and CSI Welcome the Release of Sasha Davtyan on February 26, 2010
and Call for an Immediate Investigation of the Alleged Use of Torture against Him
FIDH and CSI welcome the release of Sasha Davtyan and call for an immediate investigation of the alleged use of torture against him. On February 26, 2010, the Court of Appeal shortened his sentence from 4 years of imprisonment to 3 years. Moreover, the Amnesty Act decreed by the Armenian National Assembly on June 19, 2009 was applied to Mr. Davtyan and he was immediately released. (...)
16 February 2010
Acquittal of Human Rights Defender Arshaluys Hakobian
Paris-Geneva-Yerevan. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), along with the Civil Society Institute, Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly Vanadzor Office, the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, the Collaboration for Democracy Centre, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Centre, as well as the Foundation Against Violation of Law, welcome the acquittal of human rights defender Arshaluys Hakobian. (...)