Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Armenian Judiciary Criticized By Democracy Watchdog OSCE

Posted by Info on 12/03/2010

In a long-awaited report, the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) concluded that at least some of the trials of the arrested oppositionists were not fair because of a pro-government bias shown by judges.

Also the United States has again criticized the Armenian authorities’ human rights record
, saying that they have continued to stifle dissent, manipulate elections, tolerate police brutality and restrict judicial independence over the past year.

“Authorities restricted the right of citizens to freely change their government in [the May 2009] mayoral elections in Yerevan. During the year authorities subjected citizens, particularly those considered by the government to be political opponents, to arbitrary arrest, detention, and imprisonment for their political activities;..Authorities continued to use harassment … measures to intimidate and retaliate against political opponents. Authorities used force to disperse political demonstrations …”

Ill-treatment of criminal suspects in police custody has long been regarded as the most frequent form of human rights violation in Armenia.
security bodies “regularly” beating and bullying detainees to extract false confessions.

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