Issue 237

EU-Armenia-baner1High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Azerbaijan and Armenia from 29 February – 1 March

EUROPEAN UNION Delegation to Armenia

February 26, 2016

12517High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini will travel to Azerbaijan on Monday 29 February and Armenia on Tuesday 1 March, continuing her tour of the Eastern Partnership countries following visits to Ukraine and Georgia at the end of last year.

In Azerbaijan, the HR/VP will meet with President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Whilst in Baku, the HR/VP will also attend the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Ministerial alongside Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. She will also meet representatives of civil society.

During her time in Armenia, the High Representative will meet President Serzh Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, members of various political parties in the parliament, as well as representatives of civil society.

PRESS RELEASE

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Armenian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

STATEMENT

On the Detention of Civic Activist Vardges Gaspari

26 February, 2016

Armenian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Civil Society Forum (CSF) strictly condemns the February 19, 2016 decision of General Jurisdiction Court of Shengavit Administrative District to detain civic activist Vardges Gaspari and the fact of not preventing violent tortures by his cellmates under the connivance of the prison administration of “Nubarashen” penitentiary. The morals and manners characteristic of the penitentiaries of Stalin and Soviet times must be eradicated and must be considered unacceptable for the justice system of independent Armenia.

We join Vardges Gaspari attorneys’ position voiced in their public Statement that “this is a political reprisal against Gaspari for his civic activism and his principles with a view to repressing disobedient citizens and people fighting against injustice, thereby creating an atmosphere of terror for others”.

Armenian National Platform calls on the International Organizations operating in Armenia to raise their voice against continuous violations of the commitments undertaken by the RA Government in the field of human rights protection.

EaP CSF Armenian National Platform demands to immediately release Vardges Gaspari and stop political persecution against him.

EaP CSF Armenian National Platform

February 26, 2016

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