IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Preliminary Findings and Recommendations of the EaP CSF Monitoring Mission to Armenia
22 August 2016
The Monitoring Mission of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) on the civil society, media and human rights situation in Armenia visited Armenia during the period of 9-15 August 2016. The Mission's team was composed of leading experts in the field of human rights from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Its work was supported by the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform.
The Mission's main objectives were to assess the situation with non-governmental organizations and media in the aftermath of the political crisis during the period of 17-31 July 2016, and acquire the complete and accurate information about the situation in various fields of human rights.
During the visit to Armenia, the Mission interviewed the representatives of civil society, leading human rights organizations, experts and lawyers. Separate meetings were held with the Ombudsman of the Republic of Armenia and representatives of major intergovernmental organizations. Currently, the Mission is preparing the report and a wide range of recommendations.
These are some of the preliminary findings and recommendations.
The events of 17-31 July were accompanied by disproportionate use of force by law enforcement and serious violations of human rights:
In the aftermath of the crisis on 17-31 July Armenian civil society makes every effort to protect citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms. It should be noted that the legal community of Armenia has taken upon themselves the provision of the legal aid to the arrested and detained.
The Mission supports the previously adopted statement of the Armenian National Platform as of 21 July 2016 and that of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum as of 1 August 2016, and urges the Government of Armenia to take immediate measures in order to restore the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the atmosphere of trust between the state and society: