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Statement of the Human Rights Commissioner on protests in Armenia : media should be able to work in a safe and free environment

Strasbourg 23 June 2015
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Statement of the Human Rights Commissioner on protests in Armenia : media should be able to work in a safe and free environment

 'I am seriously concerned about the use of force applied by the police to disperse peaceful protesters in Yerevan, Armenia, earlier today.
The information I have received about instances of violence against journalists, their detention and damaging their equipment is also very disturbing. The media should be able to work in a safe and free environment.
I call on the Armenian authorities to respect their international human rights obligations, in particular with regard to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and to look into possible cases of abuse committed by the law enforcement forces during dispersal and detention'.

Statement published on the Commissioner's facebook page.

 


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PACE Resolution 2077 (2015) on Abuse of pretrial detention in States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, 1 October 2015


PACE Recommendation 2081 (2015) on abuse of pretrial detention in States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, rapporteur: Mr Pedro Agramunt, 1 October 2015


PACE Report Doc 13863 (2015) on Abuse of pretrial detention in States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Rapporteur P. Agramunt, 7 September 2015


Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2006)13 on the use of remand in custody, the conditions in which it takes place and the provision of safeguards against abuse, 27 September 2006


Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2006)2 on the European Prison Rules, 11 January 2006


Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 4 November 1950

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