Human Rights Ombudsman Says Method of Force Unwarranted

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenia’s human rights ombudsman Larisa Alaverdian said that the actions of the opposition demonstrators on April 13–did not warrant the steps taken by law enforcement officials to quell the rally. "Recent decisions of the court and steps taken by the police do not always correspond–in the first case–to what the people were accused of–and in the second–the situation at the moment."

Pointing to the laws in effect in the Republic–she said that there is no classification of gatherings that are permitted or prohibited; thus–attendance at any given meeting is the right of Armenian citizens.

"It was possible to utilize other methods in reprimanding the criminal announcemen’s and expressions that were made," said Alaverdian–adding that those who did use unwarranted force on journalists and citizens will be pursued and held accountable for their actions.

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