On March 14 of 2019, the Protection of Rights without Borders NGO filed an appeal to the RA Prosecutor General’s Office against the decision of the Special Investigation Service on discontinuing the proceeding of the criminal case instituted at the Special Investigation Service regarding the events in the outcomes of the sit-in within the “No Robbery” civic initiative against the raise of the electricity fees.
Within the scope of the criminal proceeding, the Protection of Rights without Borders NGO presented the interests of the peaceful assembly participants.
On March 7 of 2019, the Organization received the decision made by the RA Special Investigation Service to discontinue the proceeding of the criminal case number 62217915. The investigator reasoned, that “in the outcomes of the all the possible investigative and trial activities, the persons, who should be involved as accused in the current case, are not detected, therefore the proceeding of the current criminal case is a subject to discontinuation…”.
The Organization stated in the appeal filed to the court, that the body in charge of conducting the proceeding, did not carry out all the necessary and possible investigative and trial activities, since in the opposite conditions, body in charge of conducting the proceeding could detect the persons, who were involved as the accused within the current criminal case.
Within the scope of the criminal case number 62217915, the body in charge of conducting the proceeding, in addition to the evidence given by the citizens, journalists, who participated in the peaceful assemblies, and other representatives of media, policemen, different expertise conclusions and other proofs, possessed also a number of videos by media, which covered the activities and the policemen, who were engaged in those activities, as well as civilians covering the events of June 23 of 2015 in Baghramyan avenue.
Moreover, the victims themselves presented the body in charge of conducting the proceeding the materials and pictures of those people in civilian clothes, who subjected the latter to violence. It should be mentioned, policemen used special measure water cannon, besides the policemen also used physical violence, demonstrated inhumane, degrading treatment against the participants of the demonstration, hindered the activities of the journalists carrying out their professional duties, damaged the video and audio recording devices during the sit-in strike of June 23 of 2015.
On June 23 of 2015, the police workers in civilian clothes detained 237 citizens from Baghramyan avenue and close areas beating the latter with police batons. The detainees were taken to different police stations in Yerevan, Armavir and Aragatsotn regions, where the latter were kept in the conditions of the violation of the rights of the detainees. Particularly, the latter were kept more than as it is prescribed by law, without the clarification of their rights, without allowing them to call their relatives and inviting of the an advocate. A number of people were subjected to violence and beating both by the policemen in uniform and in civilian clothes.
The police representatives showed particularly inhumane treatment against the journalists carrying out their professional duties. All the journalists covering the events were attacked, a number of journalists were subjected to violence, took their video tapes, broke the latter and took the memory cards.