Statement about Threats against Arthur Sakunts

RA Law Enforcement Bodies have started the investigation based on the reports disseminated by media to explore the basis for filing a criminal case.

Till now, the results of actions taken by law enforcement agencies in the identification of the citizen and detection of possible backers are unknown for the public.

It is worth to mention that this is not the first case when an attempt is made to silence the voice of civil society representatives via various threats who raise concern about the illegitimacy of the government and fight against them.

It is more worrisome that the measures taken by the law enforcement agencies for these cases have not been sufficient to detect and punish the sinners. This practice gives reason to assume that such acts are committed by people under their umbrella and serving the interests of certain circles of power.

We believe that the government bears the responsibility for the realization of constitutional rights in a democratic society, freedom of speech, the freedom of citizens to express their opinion, and also to provide protection in case of abuse of these freedoms. Moreover, as a member of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Republic of Armenia does not effectively fulfill its obligations under the human rights protection.

With this statement, we call on the law enforcement agencies to ensure a comprehensive, full and objective investigation, and effectively inform the public of the results of the investigation process.

The statement is open to join:

"Agate" Center for Women with Special Needs

Open Society Foundations - Armenia

“Biosophia” NGO

Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation

Goris Press Club NGO

Yeghegnadzor Citizens Youth Center

Yerevan Press Club

Ecoteam NGO

“Ecological Right” NGO

“EcoLur” NGO

Foundation against Violation of Law NGO

Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center

“Asbarez” Journalists' Club

Ijevan Citizens Youth Center

Union of Informed Citizens

“Real World, Real People” NGO

“Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO

“Lori” TV

“Peace Dialogue” NGO

Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression

“Khoran Ard” Intellectual NGO

Women Rights Center

Women's Resource Center

Collaboration for Democracy Center NGO

Public Journalism Club

Public Information and Need of Knowledge NGO

“Educational Center for Equal Rights” NGO

“APR Group” NGO

Media Initiatives Center

New Generation Humanitarian NGO

“Shirak Center” NGO

Radio station “Armenian Gyumri”

““Sose” Women's Issues" NGO

Vanadzor Citizens Youth Center

Tigran Hayrapetyan, Advocate


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