Vladimir Putin is met by protests in Armenia

Following Armenia’s decision to join a customs union with the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin is visiting the country on Monday 2 December. The protests in favour of rapprochement with the European Union spread from Maidan in Kiev to Yerevan.

A group of activists decided to make hang large posters in different visible places in Yerevan, announcing their protest against the customs union with the Russian Federation and against “Putinism” in Armenia. There were different messages on banners, from “No to customs union colonization” to “Sovereign Armenia”

Some groups managed to put their banner safely and leave the place, whilst some others were caught by police and taken to police facilities for violation of the use of public space (sanction under article 172 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Armenia).

“Today, hundreds of people marched in the central streets of Yerevan. Law enforcement authorities raided apartments of youth activists having announced a demonstration on Monday 2 December in the streets of Yerevan. Some of them were arrested preventively”, indicates Mamikon Hovsepyan, Director of the NGO Public Information and Need of Knowledge, a member of the emerging Human Rights House Yerevan.

In preparation of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Armenia, authorities have not only raided and arrested people, they also warned them from trying to protest. Even outside of Yerevan, people were not to go out or watch the passing of the convoy of Vladimir Putin. The same message was delivered to those living on Mashtots street in Yerevan.

Authorities seem to particularly worry the development of large squall demonstrations as in Kiev, under the “Euromaidan” acronym.

Related articles

Peaceful protest in Kiev meet violent police reaction


June 18, 2021

As Belarus’s human rights crisis deepens, the UN Special Rapporteur for Belarus is more important than ever

In a joint statement, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) and more than 30 Belarusian and international human rights organisations call on UN Human Rights Council member States to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus during the Council’s upcoming 47th session.

June 18, 2021

Armenian authorities must support and end harassment against human rights defenders

In a joint statement led by Human Rights House Yerevan and its member organisations, Human Rights House Foundation and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee urge the Armenian authorities to end harassment against human rights defenders and protect their legitimate human rights work.

June 14, 2021

HRC47: Media Under Attack in Belarus

The human rights crisis in Belarus has intensified. At the start of the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, with both Belarus and freedom of opinion and expression on the Council’s agenda, this online event will update states on the recent deterioration and identify further concrete action to protect human rights in Belarus.