Published: 1 Jun 2014 | By Artur Sakunts

High death rate in Armenian armed forces points to serious and systematic violations of right to life and fair trial


A shocking number of deaths have taken place within the Armenian armed forces during the 20-year period the country has officially been at peace. While a very small proportion of these deaths appear to have arisen during armed combat, the majority, as the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor (HCAV) has exposed, are linked to internal violence within the forces. A culture of cover-ups by senior command and inadequate protection, or a lack of action from the legal system means that complaints are not fairly dealt with. However, several relevant cases are now being examined by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) offering some hope that the domestic rulings may be overturned.

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