Human Rights Commission Discuss Refugee And Soldier Problems

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At its meeting Wednesday the Presidential Human Rights Commission discussed the problems of refugees and soldiers. The commission didn’t make any final decisions regarding the problems.

The commission had at its disposal appeals in connection with numerous violations of soldiers’ rights. The commission members also met with parents of soldiers who perished during the war. The chairman of the commission–Paruir Hairikian said that violence in the army is not an exception. "We were told that the situation will improve–and the number of such incidents have decreased by 30 percent this year. But we believe that the army should be a subject of our close attention."

The commission decided that inspections should be conducted at military units and inquiries made to the Ministry of Defense and the Military Procurator’s Office for additional information.

As for the refugee problem–the commission members expressed different opinions of the issues of military service and providing social benefits and flats to refugees.

Some of the commission members believe that the problem of refugees can’t be solved by adopting the law on refugees alone. They suggested applying to the president with a proposal that a complex program should be developed.

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