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Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly will organize a conference on December 9th at Erebuni hotel. The discussion will focus on “Human Rights in Armenia: the problem of political prisoners”.
The irony lies in the fact, that former Deputy Prosecutor-General Gagik Jahangirian will be among the invited speakers to share his thoughts on the state of the human rights in Armenia. A controversial figure and a supporter of former president leader Levon Ter-Petrossian, Jahangirian himself was involved in many human rights violations committed by the law-enforcement bodies in Armenia until February 2008, when he voiced his support for the opposition and was discarded from office.
In one example, during an investigation into mysterious killings of two Armenian soldiers, Razmik Sargsian, a demobilized soldier, insisted, that he was forced to give testimony against himself and his comrades after being brutally tortured by investigators, including Deputy Prosecutor-General Gagik Jahangirian, who led the probe in his previous capacity as Armenia’s chief military prosecutor.
“Gagik Jahangirian personally slapped me when I was taken to his office,” RFE/RL reports him saying. “He was angry because I was unable to raise my head and look him in the eyes due to the beatings. He cracked one of my teeth and dislocated my jaw.”
One can’t help but ask – what made the other speakers agree to participate in the conference? How can the co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Natalia Martirosian, head of Rights and Freedom Center Vardan Harutyunian, Head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor office Artur Sakunts speak of human rights alongside former Deputy Prosecutor-General? Aren’t they ashamed?