Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Armenia’s Press Club Calls For Jailed Editor To Be Released

Posted by Info on 25/07/2009

Armenia’s National Press Club has issued a statement demanding the release of a jailed opposition newspaper editor.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” editor Nikol Pashinian, 34, was known for influential speeches at antigovernment rallies held by the opposition after the February 2008 disputed presidential election and for his leadership in the protests that followed the vote.  The statement singled out Pashinian for his role “in establishing the Armenian press in the modern period.”

He went into hiding and was sought by authorities for 16 months until he turned himself in on July 1 after a law was passed promising amnesty to activists in the postelection events. But he was denied bail because the legislation only gave amnesty to oppositionists sentenced up to five years in jail.

Pashinian is charged with organizing “mass disturbances” and “unsanctioned rallies” as well as defying “representatives of the state authority.”  He could be sentenced to between four and 10 years in jail if found guilty.

Statement of Nikol Pashinian

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