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An urgent appeal to all Armenians in the diaspora and friends

As you have all been following the news and developments in Armenia, forced measures were taken to elect Serj Sargsyan as prime minister on 17th of April, 2018, surrounded by barb wires and heavy police presence despite the growing national uprising of thousands of peaceful protesters against him and his corrupt and oligarchic regime. Now is the moment to join in support of the incredible change that is happening in Armenia. People need your support in the diaspora to be able to fight this regime and restore democratic processes without violence and bloodshed. We can prevent violence together and Armenia needs you right now! The free and independent citizens of Armenia need you in their struggle for democracy!


Urgent appeal of the Armenian civil society to the international community

Whatever happens in Armenia, it is a fight for democracy, and fight against the corrupt regime. This current outburst of energy is the consequence of citizens’ political rights continuously being suppressed since 1995, and a firm demand to express people’s vote in free and fair elections. We call on international organizations and countries that promote democratic values and systems to support the struggle of the Armenian people for a better future.Life-long dictators must not be recognized and must be condemned by the agents of democracy. Freedom of peaceful assemblies shall be protected by the Armenian state and any escalation of the situation and the consequences are the responsibility of Serzh Sargsyan.


We strongly condemn unlawfulness of deprivation of liberty of Armen Grigoryan and Levon Barseghyan

The Board of the “Transparency International Anticorruption Centre” NGO (TIAC) strongly condemns unlawfulness of deprivation of liberty of Armen Grigoryan and Levon Barseghyan and raises its concerns that in this way the authorities attempt to weaken unprecedent level of protests. The violent response of police and exercised violence by RA Police are unacceptable and are subject to strong condemnation. 


TI blog: Protestors in Armenia march for democracy

TIAC's recent blog about the current protest in Armenia is on voices. transparency.org. See the blog below

In the last several days, thousands of citizens marched in the Armenian capital of Yerevan to protest the actions of former President Serzh Sargsyan, who after finishing his second and final term in office earlier this month, is now Prime Minister.


Statement on Protesters Deprived of Freedom Unlawfully

As at 3.00 pm on April 17, 2018, according to the information received through the Joint Hotline of Human Rights Defenders, citizens (protesters carrying out a protest action) were detained in different parts of Yerevan and taken to different police stations without any grounds. Some of these citizens were unlawfully held there for longer than the established timeframe of 3 hours.


Urgent Statement about Criminal Groups

According to news circulating among the public and information transferred to the media, gathering of tall men in plain clothes has been observed today in Erebuni district of Yerevan. According to credible information, these are criminal groups that will apparently be used against peaceful protestors.


Civil Society Organizations Continue to Express Concerns Over the Delay of Andreas Ghukasyan’s Complaint Examination

The civil society organizations continue to express their strong concern and resentment on the fact of continuous political persecution against the member of “New Armenia” Opposition Movement Andreas Ghukasyan, as well as over the prolonged examination process of his case in the European Court of Human Rights and at the domestic courts.


Arsinée Khanjian: Open letter to Serzh Sargsyan

Corruption, absence of rule of law, police violence, judicial straight jacketing, bribery and election rigging, poverty, depopulation, human and civil rights violations (violence against women, discrimination against LGBTQ communities), absence of freedom of speech have all been a signature daily outcome during your government.


Call for Grant Applications: Civil Society Monitoring of Public Service Delivery and Public Accountability

Grants supporting civil society actions to monitor the effectiveness of government resource allocation and public service delivery are being made available under Partners in Empowerment, an EU-funded project led by PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), working closely with partners in five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine).


Armenian NGOs' statement on trial verdicts of Jirayr Sefilyan and others' case

The judgment in the case of Jirayr Sefilyan and others was pronounced on 20 March 2018 at the Shengavit Seat (by judge Tatevik Grigoryan) of the General Jurisdiction Court of the City of Yerevan. Jirayr Sefilyan, the commander of the Shushi special military battalion, was convicted to the heaviest sentence—10 years and 5 months of imprisonment. Hovhannes Petrosyan, who collaborated with the law-enforcement bodies, received the most lenient sentence—2 years.