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The newly formed Justice Armenia organization of Diaspora Armenians expresses its deep concern over the human rights abuses of activist groups in Armenia.
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Contact: info@justicearmenia.org
September 12, 2013

BECAUSE "BETTER THAN NOTHING"
IS NO LONGER AN OPTION
  • The newly formed Justice Armenia organization of Diaspora Armenians expresses its deep concern over the human rights abuses against activist groups in Armenia, in response to their peaceful  protests in recent days on issues regarding Tsatskats Shouka (Central Indoor Market), Komitas 5, bus fare increases and others.
  • We are greatly concerned that these activists who are pursuing Rule of Law as their constitutional right are being persecuted both by the police and street thugs connected to government officials.
  • Activists Argishti Kiviryan and Dmitri Harutyunyan were arrested and charged with false criminal offenses while others have been detained, threatened and beaten multiple times.
  • Parallel to police harassment, many peaceful activists are being bullied, intimidated and subjected to brutal physical violence by street thugs. This has not been prevented or properly investigated by the police.
  • We are also extremely disappointed to learn that Garo Yegnukian, a long time active member of the Armenian American community, who repatriated to Armenia a few years ago with his family, has been targeted with hateful and slanderous accusations by a notorious oligarch and member of parliament, Samvel Aleksanian (aka Lfik Samo).
  • We urge the police and the justice system in Armenia to: 1) drop the false criminal cases against Argishti Kiviryan and Dmitri Harutyunyan, 2) stop all unlawful arrests, detentions  and police intimidation practices, 3) immediately end the defamation campaign against Garo Yegnukian and bring the perpetrator to justice, 4) prosecute thugs harassing and attacking peaceful civil activists.
Our Perspective
 
After twenty years of independence, there is a growing movement among Armenia’s citizens seeking to overcome the mockery of justice that has infected the Armenian state and ultimately prevents economic growth, democracy and fair elections under the Rule of Law from taking root. 
 
This sad state of affairs makes the Armenian Homeland inherently weak and unstable. All one must do is consider the rampant depopulation of the country that continues to this day. It should give us pause to ask, "If everything is going in the right direction, as some would like us to believe, then what is the cause of the bleeding?" The answer is self evident: Criminal oligarchs who exercise control over each branch of government and virtually every sector of the economy.
 
Any violation of the basic human rights of citizens is a stain on the universal Armenian Dream to live in peace, security and prosperity as a free people under God. These are the core values that should guide and motivate our thoughts and actions at this critical point in modern Armenian history.
 
The Armenian Nation deserves nothing less. Arguments based on relativism and "better than nothing is good enough" are diminishing the great potential of the Armenian people, in Armenia and in the Diaspora, to take full responsibility for their own national destiny.
 
For more information or to help the civil activists that will lead the Armenian Homeland in a new direction, email us at info@justicearmenia.org.
 
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