Denial and Freedom of Speech

Poster calling for Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915

General Assembly resolution 260 (III) of 9 December 1948 (Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide) states, that (a) Genocide, (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide, (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide, (d) Attempt to commit genocide and (e) Complicity in genocide are all acts, which shall be punishable. Continue reading

The Devil’s Advocate

Lawyer Artur Grigoryan | փաստաբան Արթուր Գրիգորյան

Lawyer Artur Grigoryan

An Armenian lawyer has filed a suit against “Hraparak” daily newspaper for not moderating readers’ comments on the paper’s online version, which supposedly damage the lawyer’s reputation and which he c onsiders offensive. Continue reading

CoE Human Rights Commissioner Says March 2008 Wounds Need Healing

Armenia -- Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, at a news conference in Yerevan, 21Jan2011.

Armenia -- Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, at a news conference in Yerevan, 21Jan2011.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg has issued a press release on his recent visit to Armenia, which some opposition politicians claimed was an indication of increased pressure on official Yerevan to release jailed oppositionists. The release seems to pull ground away right from under the feet of such claims… Continue reading

Pashinian’s Inconvenient Jail Term Case and The Call: “Free Nikol!”

As expected, Court of General Jurisdiction rejected on Friday opposition leader Nikol Pashinian‘s appeal to modify his jail term in a way as to let him out of prison before the February 2013 Presidential elections in Armenia. Continue reading