A discussion was held at the Ombudsman’s office with the participation of the working group of the police which discussed the steps to be undertaken during rallies and other actions.
It is an important and necessary discussion.
It is just interesting whether the Human Rights Defender’s office has clarified the right of the Ombudsman to put up a tent during public protests.
They could have discussed this issue in the context of the citizens’ right but it’s ok. Even if only the Ombudsman has the right to put up a tent, the ordinary citizen will be satisfied. When the police deprive citizens of any right, it seems very natural. But when the police deprive deliberately the Human Rights Defender of the right to put up a tent, it does not seem so good.
Such an awkward situation occurred several weeks ago in Mashtots Park when the police forbade the citizens to put up their tents there and then it forbade also the Human Rights Defender, who was there to help the citizens, though he insisted that the police have no right to forbid.
Human Rights Defender Karen Andreasyan stated that he would pursue punishment of those police officers.
Apparently, a discussion is a punishment for the Defender. Usually, they have no wish to discuss anything, they just allow or forbid. Now the Ombudsman makes them take part in a discussion which is a punishment for the police.
But the issue of tents remains open and it is not clear whether the police officers apologized to the Ombudsman for not allowing to pub up a tent and making him look awkward in public or not.