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The address of the RA Civic Coalition in Support of the UN Charter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. António Guterres

His Excellency Mr. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES Secretary-General of the United Nations Your Excellency, We address you as the Republic of Armenia Civic Coalition in Support of the UN Charter, which, in light of the recent nomination of Polad Murtuzaoğlu Məmmədov, also known as Polad Bülbüloglu, as a candidate for the post of Director-General of UNESCO, feels obliged to make our input in upholding the principles and ideals reflected in the Charter of the

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RECOGNISING VICTIMS OF TORTURE IN NATIONAL ASYLUM PROCEDURES

All member centers of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) work to ensure that victims of torture have access to appropriate health-based torture rehabilitation services. It is not only in countries where torture takes place that the victims need this support. Today we see an increasing number of asylum-seekers and refugees who are victims of torture but struggle to access the appropriate medical, psychological or legal

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26 June – Global Report

26 June: "Support Life After Torture" Global Campaign In recent years, hundreds of organisations from every region of the world have joined our global call for an end to the horrific practice of torture and for full rehabilitation for all victims. Through our 26 June global campaign efforts, the IRCT seeks to facilitate action by local actors across the world who work every day to support victims of torture and ill-treatment, while strengthening

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Statement on the Electoral Code of Armenia and the recent developments related to it

The negotiations, launched in 4+4+4 conventional format in March 2016 to amend the Electoral Code of Armenia, which could offer an opportunity for manifestation of democracy and provide an adequate basis for building public trust in the electoral processes, failed. Government-opposition-civil society consensus fell short by the government as a result of its absence of political will to improve the electoral system, breaking the rules of honest dialogue,

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IRCT concerned about ongoing police violence in Armenia

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) reacted to the FAVL's statement on current situation in Armenia. Below is the statement and call for action of FAVL's partner organization: "The IRCT is deeply concerned by reports of ongoing police violence, torture and ill-treatment of citizens in Armenia and calls on the authorities to refrain from further violations and to conduct impartial and effective investigation of all allegations

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AZATUTYUN.AM: More Yerevan Gunmen Caught By Police

Armenian security forces captured early on Wednesday four more gunmen who have been holed up in a police station in Yerevan for more than a week. The spokesman for the Armenian police, Ashot Aharonian, said one of the leaders of the gunmen, Pavel Manukian, and his son Aram were wounded in a shootout with law-enforcement officers. One of the officers was also wounded as a result, Aharonian wrote on his Facebook page at around 2 a.m. local time. “All

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STATEMENT AND CALL FOR ACTION

To: European Committee for the Prevention of Torture Mr. Mykola Gnatovskyy, President   Council of Europe Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Nils Muižnieks   United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein   OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Mr. Michael Georg Link, Director   United Nations Committee Against Torture Mr. Jens Modvig, Chairperson,   International

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Gevorg Tosunyan: “They didn’t hit me on hands or on head, only on the back”. A1PLUS

Violence was used against the journalist of Iravaban.net website Gevorg Tosunyan, while he was carrying out his professional activities and covering the action. “When you speak about violence, those are only words, but when you see what the people can do against you, seven people, who are stronger than you,” Gevorg Tosunyan told “A1+”. The journalist captured how the people in the civilian clothes and activists in Tigran Mets street were

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“Police forced the detainee to kiss the boots of the police officers: Aravot

In recent days, the detained activists were not taken to the police departments but the RA Police detachment unit. At the discussion invited to the “Media Center”, Daniel Ioannisyan, Chairman of the “Union of Informed Citizens” NGO, considered this a “nonsense” and added, “I was shocked when I was told about it. It is the example of famous events in Argentina all the activists were detained and closed in a stadium, and a part of them

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“With bruises on my face, with blood in my eyes, with ruptured lip.” Vaghinak Shushanyan about police beating: Aravot

“They were hitting me in my head, around the ribs, on my back and face with fists,” – told “No to Plunder” movement activist Vaghinak Shushanyan in an interview with Aravot.am, describing his beating in the police stations. He said that the beaters were 2 or 3 people, “I was protecting myself. I have received a lot of injuries around my ribs, bruises and a big injury in the shoulder area with a shoe, bruises on my faces, blood in the

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