The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor office received another anonymous letter on the state of human rights in the Armed Forces, the existing problems and violations of field manuals.
On 26 July 2012 the NGO received an email on unlawfulness, violence and duress by conscript Tatul Grigoryan. It is noted that he is the nephew of the deputy commander of the same military unit and the son of a Republican member of parliament.
The anonymous author informs that this conscript, drunken almost every day, bullies the other conscripts, collects 3400 drams from each conscript at the end of every month. The higher commanders are not aware, while the commanders of the company and the platoon cannot do anything about it because they are afraid. The chief of staff of the military unit is Grisha Khachaturov, the son of the chief of general staff of the RA Army Yuri Khachaturov. He is a strict commander and if he learns about it, he will attend to this but nobody dares tell him. The ministry of defense is not aware. He even gambled and sent the loser home to bring the money, once it was 300,000 drams.
Earlier on July 19 the NGO received the first anonymous letter from an officer who complained of Grisha Khachaturov, the deputy commander of the 3rd corps, and his friends, duress and tension in the military units of the 3rd corps.
Referring to the content of the letters, the HCA Vanadzor office expresses concern about the plight in the 3rd corps which indicates the lack of efficient mechanisms of internal appeals.
The HCA demands that the Ministry of Defense undertake rapid measures to resolve problems resulting from violations of field manuals, based on solutions it proposed earlier.