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Free Journalist Nikol Pashinyan

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27 November 2010

We, Armenians living in the Diaspora and our non-Armenian friends, are deeply concerned in the imprisonment of Nikol Pashinyan, editor-in-chief of Haykakan Zhamanak ("Armenian Time") daily in Armenia, and his treatment in jail. While Mr. Pashinyan's voluntary surrender to law enforcement agencies should have been duly noted by the Armenian authorities, the veteran journalist has experienced coercion behind bars. We attest that these reprehensible acts of the authorities--aimed at silencing Mr. Pashinyan and punishing him for his political views--will have the opposite outcome, making the editor's voice heard more forcefully in Armenia and in the Diaspora. Deeply concerned with the treatment of the journalist, we are following the "judicial process" with vigilance, hoping that he will be released soon. Meanwhile, we demand that the Armenian authorities put an end to the unlawful acts against him and ensure his security.
 
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Nous, Arméniens vivant en diaspora et nos amis non arméniens, sommes particulièrement préoccupés par l’incarcération de Nikol Pachinyan, rédacteur en chef du quotidien Haykakan Jamanak ("Le Temps arménien") en Arménie, et par le traitement qu’il subit en prison. Alors que les autorités arméniennes auraient dû prendre en compte le fait que M. Pachinyan s’était volontairement rendu aux forces de police, c’est la coercition que le journaliste connaît pendant son séjour derrière les barreaux. Nous certifions que ces actes répréhensibles commis par les autorités – et destinés à réduire M. Pachinyan au silence et à le punir pour ses opinions politiques – auront l’effet inverse, et feront entendre plus fort la voix du rédacteur en chef, en Arménie et en diaspora. Très préoccupés par la manière dont le journaliste est traité, nous suivons avec vigilance le «processus judiciaire », en espérant qu’il sera rapidement remis en liberté. Entre temps, nous demandons que les autorités arméniennes mettent fin aux actions illégales commises contre lui et qu’elles garantissent sa sécurité.
Traduit par DF

Alex Barboza Lawyer  Brazil Alice von Bieberstein PhD UK
Anne Anahid Shirinian-Orlando Dr. USA Anush Mnoyan PhD South Korea
Armen Gakavian PhD Australia Armine Ishkanian Dr.UK
Arpiar Petrossian Architect Iran Barbara Coloroso Author/Educator USA
Berge Minassian MD FRCP(C) Canada Boghos-Levon Zekiyan Italy
Brydon Gombay Canada Denis Donikian Writer France
Felicia Waldman Ass. Professor Romania Gary Alan Hanson MD Canada
Gerard Paraghamian Painter Canada Glenn Cameron MD FRCP(C) Canada
Haig Khatchadourian Emeritus Prof. USA Joy Kogawa Canada
Karl Koth Historian Canada Keith Garebian Writer Canada
Kevin McGill MSW/RSW Nunavut Canada Liliana Merdikian Lawyer Argentina
Miguel Sambataro Lawyer Argentina Naira Yeritsyan MD PhD Germany
Ragip Zarakolu Turkey Ruth Cooper BSW/RSW Canada
Sabri Atman MD Sweden Sait Çetinoğlu Author Turkey

Մենք սփիւռքաբնակ հայերս եւ մեր ոչ հայազգի ընկերները, խորապէս անհանգստացած ենք Հայկական Ժամանակ օրաթերթի գլխաւոր խմբագիր Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի հետ կալանավայրի մէջ կատարուող դէպքերով: Կը թուէր թէ արդարադատութեան մարմիններուն անոր կամովին ներկայանալը համապատասխան վերաբերմունքի պիտի արժանանար ՀՀ իշխանութիւններու կողմէ: Սակայն, ոչ միայն այդ տեղի չունեցաւ, այլեւ, ազատազրկման վայրին մէջ, անոր նկատմամբ հետեւողական ճնշում կը կիրառուի, ալեկոծելով հայ հասարակութիւնը ամենուրէք: Մենք կը հաստատե'նք թէ իշխանութիւններու՝ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի ազատ խօսքը լռեցնելու եւ քաղաքական տեսակէտներու համար պատիժ կիրառելու այս դատապարտելի գործողութիւնները ճիշդ հակառակ արդիւնքը կ'ունենան, աւելի եւս լսելի դարձնելով Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի ձայնը թէ' հայրենիքի եւ թէ' Սփիւռքի մէջ: Անոր ճակատագրով խորապէս մտահոգ ըլլալով, մենք ուշադրութեամբ կը հետեւինք այս հարցին շուրջ տեղի ունեցող զարգացումներուն եւ յոյս ունինք զայն շուտով տեսնել ազատ արձակուած: Մինչ այդ, կը պահանջենք վերջ տալ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի նկատմամբ գործադրուող բոլոր տեսակի անօրինական գործողութիւններուն եւ ապահովել անոր անվտանգութիւնը:
 
Nosotros los residentes armenios de la Diáspora y nuestros amigos filoarmenios, estamos profundamente preocupados por los sucesos vinculados al confinamiento del editor principal del diario "Haykakan Jamanak" (Haygagan Jamanag) (Tiempo Armenio), Nikol Pashinyan (Nigol Pashinian). Parecìera que de los cuerpos del sistema judicial, al presentarse de propia voluntad, iba a recibir un tratamiento acorde del gobierno de la República de Armenia. No obstante, no sólo que eso no sucedió, sino que, en el campo de la liberación se emplean en su persona sucesivas presiones involucrando a toda la sociedad armenia. Nosotros afirmamos que acallar la voz libre de Nikol Pashinyan por parte de los gobiernos y por los puntos de vista políticos, emplear castigos por acciones que estiman ser culpables, encuentran exactamente un resultado contrario, es más, otra vez volviendo a oir la voz de Nikol Pashinyan en la Patria y en la Diáspora. Preocupados profundamente por su destino, nosotros seguimos con atención lo que rodea, lo que tiene lugar respecto a la evolución de está cuestión y tenemos la esperanza de que de ella resulte muy pronto, en el futuro, su liberación. Hasta ese momento reclamamos dar término a todo tipo de acciones ilegales y proteger su total integridad.
Tradujo: Ardzat Voskanyan
Nós, armênios vivendo na Diáspora ou amigos não-armênios, estamos profundamente preocupados com a prisão de Nikol Pashinyan, editor-chefe do Hayakakan Zhamanak (“O Tempo Armênio”), jornal diário da Armênia, e com o tratamento que ele está recebendo na prisão. Ao tempo em que a rendição voluntária do Sr. Pashinyan aos agentes da lei deva ser pontualmente anotada, pelas autoridades armênias, o veterano jornalista tem passado por coerções enquanto atrás das grades. Nós atestamos que esses atos repreensíveis das autoridades – voltados a silenciar o Sr. Pasinyan e puni-lo por suas visões políticas – terão o resultado oposto, fazendo a voz do editor-chefe ouvida com mais força na Armênia e na Diáspora. Profundamente preocupados com o tratamento que o jornalista vem recebendo, nós estamos acompanhando o processo judicial, vigilantes, na esperança de que ele seja libertado logo. Por hora, nós exigimos que as autoridades armênias ponham fim aos atos ilegais contra ele e assegurem a sua segurança.
Translated by Alex Barboza
 
Мы, армяне живущие в диаспоре, и наши друзья-не армяне, глубоко обеспокоены событиями происходящими вокруг Никола Пашиняна, главного редактора ежедневника Айкакан Жаманак ("Армянское время"). Казалось, что добровольная сдача Никола Пашиняна правоохранительным органам вызовит соответствующее отношение к нему со стороны властей Армении. К сожелению, не только этого не произашло, но и в тюрьме он подвергается последовательному давлению. Мы свидетельствуем, что эти предосудительные действия властей - направленные на подавление г-нa Пашинянa и наказания его за его политические взгляды имеют противоположный результат, делая голос редактора более слышимым и в Армении и в диаспоре. Будучи глубоко обеспокоены судьбой журналистa, мы внимательно следим за развитием ситуации, надеясь, что он будет освобожден в ближайшее время. Между тем, мы требуем, чтобы власти Армении положили конец незаконными актами, направленными против него, и обеспечили его безопасность.

Wir, die Armenier der Diaspora und unsere nicht armenische Freunde, sind sehr beunruhigt über die Haft von Nikol Pashinyan, Chefredakteur von "Haykakan Zhamanak" [Die Armenische Zeit). Die freiwillige Selbsstellung von Pashinyan sollte eigentlich von den armenischen Behoerden in kenntnis genommen werden.Der Veteran Journalist wurde hinter Gitter unter Zwang gestellt.. Der verwerfliche Akt der Behoerden Herr Pashinyan zum Schweigen zu bringen und für seine politischen Ansichten zu bestrafen ,koennte das Gegenteil bewirken und dazu führen dass seine Stimme wirkungsvoller in der Diaspora und Armenien gehoert wird. Wir sind tief besorgt über die Behandlung des Journalisten und werden den gerichlichen Prozess mit Wachsamkeit verfolgen und hoffen dass er bald freigelassen wird. In der Zwischenzeit wir verlanfgen dass die Behoerden die ungesetzliche Behandlung von Pashinyan ein Ende setzen und seine Sicherheit garantieren.
Translated by SS


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They Call Us Honest Race

We don't carry the Seljuk's genes
They call us honest, dedicated Armenians.
We don't jail tongues,
Nor their pens
Freedom was born with our faith.

If we jail them
We belong to another devil race
Many of them around.
Let us be different...remain honest.
 
If we believe in God
God never sent medals 
To chain our honest humanitarian hands 
It is not enough
That we suffered so many genocides...

Sylva, MD

 

Pasinyani masin anvorosh mi kartsiq

Hargeli hayerin Im kartsiqn Tgtakic Pashinyanin bantarkelu, pogoci kazmakerpats xarnakutyan nra zarmanali masnakcutyan masin es ugarkum em shat karch kartsiq, vorovhetev chunem voch mi nyut manramasn parzabanog, chunem sylfaen tsragrov hayeren tpog tsragir:

Aranc megadrman irakan himqn imanalu petq che mardun megavor kam anmeg chanacel: Angam anamotner gtnvecin hamaspyurov pog havaqelu: Ayd tgtakic Pashinyann voch miayn masnakcel e pogoci voroshaki xmbi kazmakerpats karavarutyan brni hegashrjmann, aylev iren tuyl e tvel nkarvel vorpes petutyann ah tvog:

Kama te akama stacvum e, vor tgtakic Pashinyann kam anmit e kam el tshnamu gortsakal: Nshanaru krakocov amboxi migi mardu sra krakeln hudayakghheri gortsn klini: Inch verabervum e "opozicia " kochvatsin kasem vstah, vor dranq jhudneri (jokovi hudayakanneri) gortsakalnern u Hayoc voxerim tsnamin en:

Asatsums khamozveq, ete kardaq im "MTORUM" lragri "Vstahutyan gogern" hodvatsn: Karog em Dzez ugarkel erb cankanaq: Ete dzezanic voreve mekn ugarki sylfaen taratesakov hayeren tpagrog tsragir shat lav klini: Es iskuyn kvcharem: Indz tvum e, vor angleren “Office “ tsragirn el kogner, erevi, bayc “mail ru” ev “yandex ru” tsragrern ev ayl tsragreri artadrutyunn aysteg hudayakanneri dzerqjn e: Hudayakannern angam hishvats sayteri elektronayin postov hayeri ugarkatsn u stacveliqn argelapakum en:

Ete hayeren kardal giteq kugarkem nyuter hetaqrqir hayi pativ unecogin
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Reply to Nardos comment of Wed 2010-12-08

At first I was inclined to disregard Nardos' disruptive tirades on a few irrelevant subjects with no bearing on my response to Keghart.com's call for Nicol Pashinyan's freedom. But then I thought it would be instructive to briefly comment on this unhappy occasion.

I refuse to be dragged into the vortex of false challenges "offered" by Mr Apigian (apparently hiding behind halloween masks like Njdeh and Nardos etc just to distract -- knowingly or unknowingly but apparently as directed -- those who are fighting for a cause -- freedom -- so close and dear to the heart of any Armenian, including, I presume, Mr Apigian) to discuss a number of matters unrelated to the central issue of freedom of speech presently raised.

Even the fact that so many different names are being used by the same person renders his disruptive comments highly suspect as to its origin and purpose. Mr Apigian, or Njdeh, or Nardos, or whoever you really are, I am sorry for any person acting as the advocate of the criminals hiding behind the gang that murdered the political leadership of the newly established Republic of Armenia in 1998, who organized the slaughter of innocent and peaceful March 1 demonstrators in 2008, and who are now plundering for their selfish splurge the meager wealth that belongs to the impoverished people of Armenia.

You prefer to arbitrarily deny this sorry state of affairs, as do Armenia's present rulers whom you have chosen to blindly endorse. The members or abettors of this murderous gang, whom you have chosen as your mentors, have decided that Nikol Pashinyan is a common criminal, to which you have echoed "Amen!" for reasons I do not comprehend. I call for the freedom of speech of everybody, including that of Nikol Pashinyan, and you say he is a common criminal based on the unilateral decision of our nation's murderers or their abettors.

Then you go on, rhetorically challenging me whether "I can tell you about the murders before 1998", and about "democratic elections in 1995 and 1996", and then bombastically asking me if I have the courage to tell who murdered mayor Galstyan and chief of railway station Ghandilyan and members of Hayots Azgayin Panag at the railway station.

What you are really doing, Mr ... Njdeh, is trying to disorient and distract people from the core issue of press freedom by throwing in unrelated peripheral questions to bog down a healthy debate and appeal. Does this ring a bell, Mr ... Nardos? Whether consciously or unconsciously, you are using exactly the same methodology, wiggling through the same deceptive mental process and manipulation of words whereby the Turkish government denies the perpetration of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman authorities.

By means of their sly use of the lexicon as reflected in the infamous Protocols, they proposed to settle the Genocide issue through the debates of historians representing both sides. I'm almost sure you agree that the real aim of the Turkish "historians" was meant to kill and bury the Genocide issue in endless Byzantine hairsplitting discussions dragging ad nauseam. Intentionally or just objectively, your baseless and cocksure "verdict" of Nicol Pashinyan being a common criminal aims, similarly, to kill a voice of free speech -- a scream in the solitary darkness of a detention cell -- as the first stage for his "physical liquidation" announced long ago and pursued relentlessly by the respective authorities.

In the presumably free and independent Armenia which we all have dreamed about, the billionaire robber barons who fear free speech more than the plague, are at this very moment, as confessed by them since March 2008, planning to murder an innocent journalist because he dared to perform his duty in defiance of their threats. If you and I and all the Armenian people of good will and sound mind disown those who voice for freedom from external and internal enemies, we all will wake up one of these days and hear that Pashinyan or Hatsbanian or one or more of the valiant political prisoners have died of sickness or suicide -- in fact, cold-bloodedly murdered by one of those "bravely" black-masked black-robed spider-men (in practically real terms) who killed the peaceful demonstrators of March 2008.

Courage, my friend Whatever Your Name, is not hiding behind quaint names of our venerable figures of the past -- as I am left to assume in the absence of clarity of your real identity -- for blurring your traces. It is not to blindly jump to the defense of rulers of the day who do not really need any help since they have the almighty brute force on their side, in their hands, and against their own people and freedom fighters. It is to stand firm against brute force and the unworthy rulers of the day as Nikol is doing -- never mind if you agree with his opinions or not. I am, at this very moment, acknowledging that same right to everybody, including you, by virtue of this dialogue with you.

Under undemocratic rule, obviously the dissident is always at a disadvantage, while the authorities are, officially, always right since they have the exclusivity of might.

You say my comments are not objective, and you are definitely free to say so. But please listen carefully to what we are saying. We are simply demanding the freedom of Nikol Pashinyan. We are not saying that we support his views; that's beside the point; we are simply demanding his freedom.

Oh yes, I temporarily overlooked your claim that he wanted to create mass disorders. I am quite sure he did not, because a well disciplined human mass of much more than 100,000 people in the compact heart of Yerevan, by their sheer presence, would have paralyzed government centers and services, and would thereby realize their objectives. And, I would remind you (I'm sure you already know), many of the opposition allies were alienated precisely for this reason of not passing to action when the moment was ripe.

The authorities have penalized the demonstrators for this restraint. Thanking them for it would have been more appropriate. Instead of asking me to have the courage to answer a number of your appropriate but ill-timed questions about past events and possible injustice including crimes, I sincerely invite you to display the intellectual integrity (courage, if you so prefer) to stick to the immediate task and join us in demanding Nikol Pashinyan's freedom as a matter of principle, despite your total disagreement with his views.

Time may be running out.

Here is an example of how real criminals are treated in Armenia

http://www.aravot.am/am/articles/politics/86817/view

Մարդասպանին ազատ արձակելու գինը

Սյունիքի մարզպետի եղբոր որդին ազատության մեջ հայտնվելուց կարճ ժամանակ անց հերթական դժբախտ պատահարի պատճառ դարձավ:
ՀՀ ոստիկանության ամփոփագրի համաձայն՝ «Դեկտեմբերի 5-ին, ժամը 20.00-ին, Գորիս քաղաքի Սյունիքի եւ Գ. Աշոտ փողոցների հատման խաչմերուկում երկու մեքենաներ բախվել են իրար։ Պարզվել է, որ նույն օրը, ժամը 20.30-ի սահմաններում, Գորիս քաղաքի բնակիչ Մայիս Սերոբի Խաչատրյանը (ծնված 03.05.1981թ.) իր վարած սպիտակ գույնի «Մերսեդես-Բենց CLK-200» մակնիշի սպիտակ գույնի 22-ԼԼ-354 համարանիշի ավտոմեքենայով Սյունիքի եւ Գ. Աշոտի փողոցների հատման խաչմերուկում բախվել է Հարություն Հովհաննեսի Ղարիբյանի (ծնված 01.02.1985թ.-ին) վարած «Օպել-Վեկտրա» մակնիշի բալագույն-մետալիգ 861-ՕՕ-62 համարանիշի ավտոմեքենային, որի հետեւանքով ուղեւոր Տարոն Աշոտի Գալստյանը (ծնված 02.02.1986թ.)՝ ստացած մարմնական վնասվածքներով տեղափոխվել է Գորիսի հիվանդանոց»:

Մամուլում հրապարակում եղել է այս պատահարի վերաբերյալ եւ մասնավորապես նշվել, որ տուժողները (մեքենայում եղել են նաեւ 2 աղջիկներ, որոնք ստացել են մարմնական թեթեւ վնասվածքներ) Քաղաքական եւ սոցիոլոգիական խորհրդատվությունների ինստիտուտի՝ IPSC-ի աշխատակիցներ են, որոնք սոցիոլոգիական հարցումներ են արել Սյունիքում: Նշվել է նաեւ, որ վթարված երիտասարդի փայծաղը հիվանդանոցում հեռացրել են:

Իսկ թե ով է Մայիս Խաչատրյանը՝ հիշեցնենք մեր ընթերցողներին: «Առավոտում» այդ անունը ժամանակին բազմիցս է հրապարակվել, քանի որ հենց նա էր, որ Սյունիքի մարզպետի մյուս եղբոր որդու՝ Էյներ Խաչատրյանի հետ, ուսով դիպչելու համար ծեծելով ու դանակահարելով 2004 թվականի փետրվարի 29-ին սպանել էր 34 տարեկան Հովհաննես Բադալյանին՝ նրա երկու անչափահաս երեխաներին թողնելով որբ: «Ես նպատակ չեմ ունեցել մարդ սպանելու, երեւի լրիվ պատահական ստացվել է»,- դատարանում պնդել էր Մայիս Խաչատրյանը: Էյներ Խաչատրյանին կարողացել էին ազատել այս սպանության համար պատասխանատվությունից՝ նա դատապարտվել էր միայն խուլիգանության համար՝ 1,5 տարվա ազատազրկման, եւ շատ արագ հայտնվել ազատության մեջ: Իսկ ահա Մայիս Խաչատրյանը ծանրացնող հանգամանքով խուլիգանական դրդումներով դիտավորությամբ սպանություն կատարելու համար 2004 թ. սեպտեմբերին դատապարտվել էր 12 տարվա ազատազրկման: Ըստ այդմ՝ նա բանտում պետք է գտնվեր մինչեւ 2016 թվականը: Սակայն պատժաժամկետի մի մասը նա անցկացրեց բանտային հիվանդանոցում, իսկ վերջերս պատժի 2/3-ը կրելու հիմնավորմամբ վաղաժամկետ ազատ արձակվեց:

Դե, հայտնի է, Հայաստանում ավելի հեշտ են ազատ արձակում մարդասպաններին, կրկնահանցագործներին, իսկ քաղաքական պատճառներով ազատազրկվածներին ազատ արձակելու համար միշտ միջազգային կառույցների ճնշումն է պետք լինում: Եվ ահա ազատության մեջ հայտնվելուց ընդամենը մեկ ամիս անց, ըստ մամուլի հրապարակման՝ մեքենան հարբած վարելու պատճառով Մայիս Խաչատրյանն այս անգամ էլ պատճառ դարձավ, որ 24 տարեկան երիտասարդը հայտնվի հիվանդանոցում:

Մեր ունեցած տեղեկություններով՝ կատարվածի կապակցությամբ Հովհաննես Բադալյանի ծնողները պատրաստվում են բաց նամակով դիմել ՀՀ նախագահ Սերժ Սարգսյանին:

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Armenian/Turkish relations

I am an Armenian/American living in the Diaspora. Before coming to America my parents, siblings and I  lived in Jerusalem, the occupied part of Palestine. Keeping it short, life was not what it is now in America.

As much as I hate what the Turks did to my grandparents, uncles and aunts, I would like to see a reasonable solution to our relationship with Turkey. I hate to admit that now, we need the Turks much more than they need us. We are a Nation that survives on handouts and we are surrounded by enemies on most of our borders.

It is very hard for us Diaspora Armenians to understand the present situation that exists in Armenia. We did not suffer the tyranny of the Soviet Union and the poverty that Armenians suffered then and now.
What's in our hearts will never be forgotten. Nothing can bring back our loved one's. We all know that what the Turks did to us was a genocide of the worst kind. The entire world knows that too and many don't dare mention it for political purposes.

Let bygones be bygones and let us find the best solution possible. Let us shake hands with the devil and save our nation. Let us open our gates to the world and benefit from our relationship with the Turks and others. 
From the many conversations that I have had with Armenian Politicians, Clergymen, Artists and others I have concluded that,  that is exactly what they would like to see.

Their argument is always "you don't understand, you don't live here"...!  

Aylevs chbidi badaskhanem

Harkeli "Nardos"
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nver pogeri ev xarnakutyan krakocneri masin

Pog eq nvirum hayastanin, bayc stugog chuneq te Dzer pogern inch en darnum? Minchev hima Hayastani agjiknern miayn kin darnalu (Vardan Mamikonyani zorqum hay kananc hetsyal gundn ir jardn er talis parsiknerin), isk tganerin angorts u charchi darnalun en patrastum: Hay eritasardnern (tganern u agjiknern) zenqin u texnikayin tirapetel chen sovorum, erb chors kogmum Hayastann talanogner en, Lenini hrea u turq axpernern atamnern srats: Amen hay zinvor ir het petq e tun tani ev zenqn ev hagustn, vorpeszi chkrknvi Aleqsandrapoli patmyupyunn, erb tgamardiq paxan irenc kananc u haverin turqerin nver tognelov: Ete aparanciq irenc bardzunqich chijnein u turqeri jardn chtayin, apa Sardarapad el cher lini,hay el cher lini, manavand komunist (komunizmic ban chaskacog) kochvog hudayakan lrtesneri kogmic Hayastani ankaxutyunn Leninin vachareluc heto: Im ev ayloc kartsiqov xarnakutyunnern Erevnum kazmakerpel en Levon Petrosyani (hayoc voxerim tshnamu) "opozician"(hudayakanneri dzernatsun): Mardkanc vra nshanaru krakognern el drancic en egel: Qocharyann chisht e varvel, vor tuyl chi tvel ishxanutyan brnagravumn u xarnakutyun stegtseln: Stugeq. te ayd spyurqi naxarar tsanotov dratson um hamar e pog havaqum ev inchu e aydqan barekam Hay jogovrdi voxerim tshnaminer Ara Abrahamyani ev Karen Miqaelyani het (kardaceq mer "MTORUM" handesn): Hisheq- ete akahjn e qor galis, charje qitn qchporel:

Apreq urax!

ASLAMAZYAN A.K.

Darakazmik "Mtorumneri" Anzougakan Heghinakin

Hargeli Karapet Aslamazyan, tekouz 1 lourj past tveq dzer merkaparanots ou dzidzaghasharzh steric gone 1-i veraberyal` "Mardkanc vra nshanaru krakognern el drancic en egel" (Marti 1-i Spand@ i nkati ouneq)... I gitutyun dzez nayev asem, vor dzer myus ezhanagin ou bansarkou zrpartutian tirakhi` "hayoc voxerim tshnamu" anoun-azganoun@ voch te "Levon Petrosyan", ayl i hejouks dzez ou dzer nmanneri` HAYASTANI HANRAPETUTIAN ARACHIN YEV HIMNADIR NAKHAGAH, ARTSAKHIAN HAGHTAKAN AZATAMARTI GERAGOUYN YEV GLKHAVOR HRAMANATAR LEVON TER-PETROSYAN E. Jerm Barevner dzer tankagin Qocharyani yev "Hoktember 27"-i myus derakatarneri Moskovnerum dzvaradz patviratounerin.

'Azgayin gaghaparakhosoutyune"

'Azgayin gaghaparakhosoutyune keghts katagoria e", "azgayin gaghaparakhosoutyune fashism e", "azatoutyune aveli bardzr e kan azgaynakoutyune", "Garabaghyan hakamartoutyan kargavoroume tesnel Azerbeijani  hoghayin  amboghdjakanoutyan metch",   "HYE DATN OU
BAHANDJADIROUTYUNE DA PETAKANAZOURK JOGHOVRTI KAGHAKAKAN 
DAVANANK E".

Sharounakenk?

Inch veraberoum e Artsakhyan hakhtanakneri "himnadir"-in, gnatsek hartsrek  iskakan herosner Arkati Ter Tatevosyanin( komandos) yev Gourgen Dalibaltayanin te ko "himnadir"e inchpes er khangaroum Shoushi-i yev Kelbachar-i azatagrmane.

To Nardos, Shirvanzade or Whoever You Are

Zhamanak@ iroq abatsoutsets Himnatir Nakhakahin 10-20 darva vaghemutyan polor knahadagannerou jshmardatsiyutyun@, neraryal tser hishadagadzner@ PSEUDO-AZGAYNAKANUTYAN chahagirnerou (ima` Russagan KGB-i goghme sdeghdzvadz gam KGB-i verahsgoghutyan dag kdnvogh) veraperyal. Ourish harts e te Hayasdani, Spyurqi yev Artsakhi hayutyan DGARAMID OU DHAS MEDZAMASNUTYUN@ chaylami tirq @ntounadz, chen ouzer desnel te inch gorsdaper yeghav Hayutian yev Hayasdani hamar "Haghtoghagannerou" yev verchinnerous GEGHDZ AZKAYNAGAN arpanyagneroun snang ou anbdough qaghaqaganutyun@ Hayutian yev Hayasdani  hamar, miyayn te bahen irents business-nern ou sharounagen hayutian talan@ (nayev Hye Tadi anounov). Payts te` Khevin Khradn Inch @ne, Sevin` Sabon@...

Mi goutse aveli lav e hartsnem Boy-scout Nayiri yev Garen Hounanyanneroun, Edig Grigoryanin yev anonts cheferoun??? Gen. Dalibaltayani orinag@ skhal dvir, isk Commandos@ yete mart @llar peran@ chour aradz cher babantsver "Hogdemper 27"-en "Mardi 1"-en hedo.

Ayo douk miayngamayn iravatsi ek

Ayo douk miayngamayn iravatsi ek, miyayn KGB-i "patvalneroum" yev "zndanneroum" patrastvats LTP-n karogh er azgayin bolor arjeknere kortsanel (akanche kanchi Ashot Bleyanin), inchpisin e hayots tseghaspanoutyan, hye dat-i yev pahandjatiroutyan artakin kaghakakan orakargits dours beroume, Artsakhi "shutapuyt" loutsoume (Sergo jan lav es aprelou).

Chbavakanalov verohishyalnerits, "himnadir"-t grohi antsav ays angam kortsanelou hye azgayin 3 kousaktsoutyunnere. Ayspes, 93-in steghtsets "grpanayin" Hayastani Hye Heghapokhakan Dashnaktsoutyun"-e, 95-in paraktets Hayastan-i Ramkavar Azatakan Kousaktsoutyan parlamentakan fraktsyan (minchev hima oushki chen galis kheghdj ramkavarner-e),  yev verchapes 2010-in herte hasav Hnchakyan kousaktsoutyan, ir [...] mech arnelov Lyudmilayin vor hakadrver Mayr kousaktsoutyan. Est yerevouytin douk allergia ounek arevelahye groghneri handep (Hangist toghek kheghdj Shirvanzadeyin). Yev verchoum, bavakan mtoroumnerits heto yes haskatsa vor douk khronikakan  [...]  ek.
Dear Nardos,

I would kidly request that inappropriate adjectives to characreisze people be not used. [...] indicate such instances. May I remind that this site is not a private chatroom, but a media outlet open to the public at large.

Respectfully,

Dikran Abrahamian
www.keghart.com

Sireli "Nardos", Marrazmatic

Sireli "Nardos",

Marrazmatic mtadzoghutyan ter andnazorutyunneri het vijabanel@ iharke anogout zbaghmounq e, gitakits martoun voch sazakan. Sakayn pataskhani iravounkov dzez asem, vor Levon Ter-Petrossian@ KGB-i het kapel@ Charorak Marrazmi verchin ou anhouys stadian e, clinikakan sour drsevorumnerov.

Norits skhalvetsiq yerp ach ou ahyak "iftiraner" (arm.: zrpartanq, bansarkutyun; eng.: slander) shprtelou dzer moloutsqi mech datoghutyunner aretsiq im grakan nakhasirutyunneri masin. @nthakarak@` Shirvanzaden im amenanakhasiradz artsakagirn e, vipagirn ou taderagir@, inchpes chapadzoyum` Charents@ (Arevmtahye Tekeyani het). Sa i michi aylots. Isk amenashat@ havanum em Arsen Dimaksiani skzbounqayin, kerpar@, chnayadz haziv te imanaq.

Ay douq, sepakan anoun chouneq, vor pahvum eq mert ays, mert ayn "nick"-i hetevum. Verchatsnelov khosqs, darrn apsosanqs haytnem, vor Arachin yev Himnadir nakhagah@ iroq chkaroghatsav ir haghtakan avartin hastsnel Michazgayim Masonutyunic dznvadz 3 Parravadz Avandakannerin (yuraqanchuri tariq@ arten 1 dar yev 20 tarin ants...) Patmutyan Aghpanots ougharkelou houyzh azgashen ou mer apagayi hamar kensakan gordz@ - Hazar apsos! Aylapes, im kardziqov, mer manouk Hanrapetutyan steghdzumic aveli qan 19 tari ants kounenayinq tasnapatik Hzor yev Yerjanik Hayastan.

"Chshmartoutune 

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Unlawful acts to silence Nikol continue!

Authorities refuse to accept and send out his letters from jail. This is an incredible human right violation!

Նիկոլ Փաշինյանից ՔԿՀ ղեկավարությունը նամակներ և դիմումներ այլևս չի ընդունում «Հայկական ժամանակ» օրաթերթի գլխավոր խմբագիր Նիկոլ Փաշինյանից «Արթիկ» քրեակատարողական հիմնարկի ղեկավարությունն ապօրինաբար հրաժարվում է նամակներ, դիմումներ ընդունել: Այս մասին հայտնել է Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի կինը` Աննա Հակոբյանը, դեկտեմբերի 9-ին Փաշինյանի հետ տեսակցություն ունենալուց հետո: Ըստ Աննա Հակոբյանի՝ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանն իրեն հայտնել է, որ «Արթիկ» ՔԿՀ ղեկավարությունը ոչ միայն իր՝ դեռևս նախորդ շաբաթ հանձնած ծրարները չի փոխանցում «Հայփոստ»-ի Արթիկի բաժանմունքին, այլև սկսել է ընդհանրապես հրաժարվել նրանից որևէ ծրար ընդունել: «Այսպիսով, քաղբանտարկյալ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանը ապօրինաբար զրկված է ընտանիքի անդամների հետ նամակագրական կապից, ինչպես նաև զրկված է որպես «ՀԺ»-ի գլխավոր խմբագիր իր աշխատանքը կատարելու հնարավորությունից: Ակնհայտ է, որ նման աղաղակող ապօրինությամբ վարչակազմը միայն մեկ հարց է լուծում` Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի հոդվածների տպագրությունը խոչընդոտելը»,- ասված է Փաշինյանի համախոհների տարածած հայտարարությունում։ Ինչպես Փաշինյանը տեղեկացրել է կնոջը, ինքն այս ընթացքում ամեն օր հոդվածներ է գրել, մինչդեռ «ՀԺ» խմբագրությունը ոչինչ չի ստացել: Աննա Հակոբյանը հայտնել է նաև, որ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի նկատմամբ նման ապօրինություններն անհանգստություն են առաջացնում նրա կյանքի և անվտանգության ապահովման տեսանկյունից։ «Մասնավորապես, կապի բացակայության պայմաններում հնարավոր չէ տեղեկություն ստանալ Փաշինյանի որպիսության մասին, ինչը, հաշվի առնելով Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի նկատմամբ տեղի ունեցած նախորդ հարձակումների շարքը, լուրջ մտահոգությունների տեղիք է տալիս»,- ասված է հայտարարությունում։ Tert.am http://tert.am/am/news/2010/12/10/pashinyan/

Eagerly awaiting a free, democratic and strong Armenia.

To all My Friends, the Freedom Fighters for Nikol Pashinyan!

To those so brainwashed and misguided as to call Nikol Pashinyan a common criminal, I would respectfully ask: and who are you to judge as criminal someone so courageous and so principled who freely, entirely of his own accord, gave himself up, fully aware of how corrupt the authorities were. In case he were a common criminal, he would be the first to know it. He would not, therefore, freely give himself up, since he would be fully conscious of the fact that, as a criminal, he would be punished by law. Any unbiased person would readily perceive the absurdity of considering him a common criminal. Only an innocent person would surrender, albeit naively assuming that he has nothing to fear since he has done nothing unlawful. By his surrender to the present ruling authorities in Yerevan who have lost all sense of measure and of decency, I believe he wanted to make a most powerful statement to his compatriots and to all men of good will and integrity worldwide.

Nikol Pashinyan is telling his fellow Armenians, loud and clear, that he has not the slightest doubt in his mind that they will all stand up as one man to the defense of freedom and the rule of law, and the security and well-being of our people. He, Nikol Pashinyan, is just a means, an instrument, at best a bridge (one of the bridges) for attaining the emancipation of our people from the tyranny of usurpers acting as the owners of their fate and future -- and that of their children, grandchildren and grand-grandchildren. If they could, the present rulers of Armenia would establish a thousand-year dynasty of oligarchs and thugs and police and armed forces -- a hereditary clan of Ali Baba with his forty thieves transplanted right from the heart of the Middle Ages.

To men of good will and integrity, to intellectuals and thinkers worldwide who believe that nothing human is worth the appellation if freedom is denied, his is a call to awaken the conscience of all people -- a conscience routinely crushed under thick sediments of petty "nationalism", narrow pursuit of "national" interest, and pure egoism. It is a call to stand for principles like freedom and justice and human dignity that differentiate us from -- as we claim -- the rest of the animal kingdom.

We do not have to agree with all, or any, of Nikol Pashinyan's personal views. This applies equally to Mr Njdeh Apigian. I believe, however, that we should feel honored to fight for his freedom because he has shown the uncommon courage to fight selflessly against the excesses of autocratic rulers of the day -- something that a common criminal would not dare. Mind you, I do not know who Mr Apigian is, and I have no bias against him. Assuming his name is not a fabrication and that there really is a person of that name, I would give due consideration to his arguments in case he has any. However, I find nothing on the table other than his self-serving navigation in murky waters where he piles up "evidences" from Levon Ter Petrossyan (duly anointed as "head of the snake"), Alik Arzumanyan, Sassoon Mikayelyan, Murat Bojolyan+Turkish intelligence, etc., to declare him guilty by a lopsided attempt of association. My God, Mr Apigian, why don't you refer us directly to Goebbels himself. You can readily copy the well known secret tricks and magic of the unparalleled Nazi master of deceit and fabrication, and paste it on the Internet to instantly transmute falsehood to truth, black to white, Pashinyan to common criminal, Serge Sargsyan to St. Sarkis -- and, last but not least, Njdeh Apigian to his namesake Njdeh who has been enthroned by the ruling Hanrapetakan party to bear false witness on the disgraces and crimes committed in his name by Robert Kocharyan, Serge Sargsyan et al.

Even with all this farce, however, I would acknowledge the right of Mr Apigian to freely express his views as he deems appropriate, provided he graciously "tolerates" others to enjoy the privilege to do so likewise. As Helvetius said and Voltaire endorsed, could you, Mr Apigian, please add your name and mine to theirs under the following wonderful quotation? -- I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. And, one more favor: Could you, Mr Apigian, ask your apparent sponsors and Serge Sargsyan himself to add their names too and let the valiant journalist Nikol Pashinyan, with the other political prisoners and your people and mine, free at last? Thank you!

Eagerly awaiting a free, democratic and strong Armenia.

Sahag Toutjian, Los Angeles

Mr.Toutjian , can you tell us

Mr.Toutjian , can you tell us about the murders before 1998? And "democratic" elections in1995 and 1996? Do you have the courage to tell who murdered mayor Hambartsuom Galstian, chief of railway station Hambartsoum Ghandilian and members of (HUB) hayots azgayin panag at the railway station? Your comments are not objective.

Gyadaneri Zhamanag@

Nardos, NzhDeh (if Apigian, should have been NzhTeh, I guess) or whoever you are, you best know whom to address your provocative question, not Sahag Toutjian - ask the remnants of  the notorious Soviet KGB, call  from their graves Badamyan, Marius Yuzbashyan (who was physically eliminated by your masters in order to efface the traces), ask the one nicknamed in Heydar Aliyev's Azerbaijani KGB system as "Narimanov", as well as the lighter caliber Russian KGB provocator tools Razmik & Hovik Vassilians (they're still alive).

"Hayasdan@ Manramasn Sirelou Hayreniq E..." (Not a slogan)

Couldn't be  written any better, dear Sahag Toutjian. Gettseq! Your letter reminded me of a wise quote mentioned in one of Vano Siradeghyan's books "Yergir Ts-bahanj" - "Hayasdan@ manramasn sirelou hayreniq e". Hence,don't expect much from those who remember or direct their superficial care towards Armenia explicitly during the season when apricot or grape ripens... Allegorically said of course, i.e., occasionally, or when it exactly overlaps or coincides with their personal gains, interests, serves their egoistic needs and pleasures. I'm sure you got what I mean. Regards, Aram.

Freedom of Speech... Hey-he~~~y

Dear Admin,

Thank you for censoring my comment to Viken Attarian's speech. Adios. Aram

P.S.: My advice to Conscious compatriots Yervand & Aram - Concentrate your efforts and invest your valuable time on Hayastantsis, not here or elsewhere in the degenerated Diaspora. The fate of Armenia depends solely upon Hayastantsis. Aram - Western Armenian

Dear Aram,
 
You were privately informed of  the content being "Irrelevant and inappropriate" for which your submission was not posted.  You had  the option of revising and reposting it, a right that you chose not to exercise.

Respectfully,

Keghart.com

Dear Vahe you are free to conclude whatever you want

Dear Vahe,

First of all I thank you and all the others for the deep concern and interest that you now show with regard to Armenia without ever having lived there. Having said this, I am afraid you still need to educate yourself a little bit more about Armenia’s political life in general and Nikol Pashinyan’s case in particular before you can conclude anything and fault those who worded Free Nikol Pashinian appeal. If you read the text of the petition again carefully you will see:

1. “We…are deeply concerned in the imprisonment of Nikol Pashinyan, editor-in-chief of Haykakan Zhamanak ("Armenian Time") daily in Armenia, and his treatment in jail.” Nikol Pashinyan is imprisoned for more than a year and I haven’t heard anybody (including Keghart editor, many other readers of this site, you or anybody else in Diaspora who has never lived in Armenia in their lives) publicly voicing their concern about his imprisonment.

As one of the readers has mentioned in his comments, we Armenians who either live in Armenia or lived there most of our lives were pleasantly surprised to see this petition. One of the reasons for our big surprise was our impression of the lack of great interest in finding out the truth about those events and deep concern by you about March events in 2008 which was rather disappointing for all of us.

Armenian government censored and therefore shut down the independent press during 20 days in the aftermath of those events which per se precluded any other information going out of Armenia except the few blogs and emails that managed to escape the censorship of KGB on the web (youtube, radio freedom and many other websites, for example, were ILLEGALLY shut down in Armenia during those days). So, on those days whatever information reached you including the one on the pages of New York Times was coming only from officials of Armenia.

2. “…the veteran journalist has experienced coercion behind bars. We attest that these reprehensible acts of the authorities--aimed at silencing Mr. Pashinyan and punishing him for his political views--will have the opposite outcome,…” “…hoping that he will be released soon. Meanwhile, we demand that the Armenian authorities put an end to the unlawful acts against him and ensure his security.”

By doing this Armenian authorities proved that jailing Nikol Pashinyan was aimed at silencing him. Being unable to shut him up even by putting him in a jail they used all the imaginable and unthinkable methods with the help of criminals and authorities in the jail and try to shut him up. These included several attacks on him by inmates who clearly demanded from him to either stop writing editorials or write to Serz Sargsyan a letter admitting his guilt and asking forgiveness, or at the very least ask the authorities to transfer him to a closed regimen jail (among other things criminals demanded from him to remove the Armenain flag that he had on the wall next to his bed). By this his life was put in danger.

After all these, attempts by our government failed, and Nikol, despite the threat to his live, was still writing, they finally put him into punishment cell for 15 days where he was held in complete isolation from outside world and was not allowed to have anything in the cell including pen and paper. At the end of these 15 days they moved him to a closed regimen jail in the north west of the country, few hours away from Yerevan, where he is being held now. He is unable to write anything until now since November 17th. This was his last appearance and his last public statements:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE5SDHhNZM8&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR5RL6aY870&feature=player_embedded#! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s47ACq1RymA&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sMdPU-JhvE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuvoM9XAyEQ)

You say  “…Nikol’s incarceration had anything to do with March 2008 demonstration and that his right to exercise his freedom of speech meant his right to express himself during the heat of the demonstration of which amply was reported and I meant to say not only in the Armenian press but such as in NY Times.” 

What was reported in the press that you read? What makes you think that if Nikol has anything to do with the demonstrations it makes him a criminal? Ironically, today it is the opposition that demands from the government to investigate and find the murderers who killed the victims (including a policeman and a young army soldier who was shot from behind) on March 1st 2008.

The relatives of those victims are supporting opposition and believe that the murderers and those who gave the orders to murder will not be found until this government is in charge. For your information several of the victims were shot by sharpshooters and some others were killed by firing directly on them the special means called “Cheryomukha” which was supposed to be used only as a means of dispersing crowd by firing in the air and causing a gas cloud in the atmosphere.

There is a video documenting this very moment of murder on youtube among many others documenting the crimes of the regime on those days. The context of the video on police banning the demonstration is the following: People organized a demonstration in the hometown of Nikol Pahsinyan for his support. The city authorities were notified according to the law. The organizers did not receive any objection when notifying. That means the demonstration is accepted into knowledge by the authorities and there should be no obstacles. Then you see what happens on the actual day of the demonstration: Police unlawfully restricts the right of all the people to move freely. You can see that even those people who are not related to the rally are not allowed to move freely. A woman is asking them to allow her to go to the bank and Police lies to her that the bank is closed. Only after long argument they let her pass and go to the bank. You also see that police is obstructing the journalist who is doing the video.

This is what happens in Armenia today and this is what Armenian people are struggling against. I am not forcing you to conclude anything. I am only trying to make you more informed. If you are interested you can inform yourself very well using many of the news websites that report Armenian news. I can give you a few examples of those (many of them have English versions): A1plus.am Lragir.am Tert.am Epress.am News.am Azatutyun.am (also radio station) You, as everybody, are free to conclude whatever you want.

Yervand, Clarification Due

Sireli Yervand, hopefully we meet one day.

On a personal note all of my parental family members have been in Soviet Armenia. I, when I was a college student, my mother as  a Diaspora Armenian language teacher, my late father as godfather-Kavor, my late brother as a baptismal godfather. I plan to spend time in Armenia of course after I tune down from active work. My wife and sons have not been there.

I never meant to fault the appeal nor those who endorsed it, as I also endorsed. However, retrospectively I fault the manner in which the appeal is worded. Claiming that an editor is silenced for his views, is true, however it is disingenuous and devoid of context in my view.

There are two aspects with Nikol Pashinyan’s case: his imprisonment and his treatment as a prisoner.

Regarding his imprisonment, I quote what I have said in a posted comment earlier and I stand by it: “I will not debate or rather I cannot debate on the merits of Nikol Pashinyan’s incarceration” and that “I am not in a position to render a judgment and I should have not rendered a judgment to his case as fast as I did.”

Regarding his coercion, I quote from the same earlier posted comment and I stand by it as well of course: “However, one thing gives me comfort in endorsing the appeal, Nikol Pashinyan should not be coerced.”

Coercion is a humane issue not legal issue. Naturally I or anyone else could not possibly support less than civil treatment of prisoners whatever their conviction may have been that lead to their conviction.

Courts and laws are made by genderless men and are never perfect and will never be perfect, but are meant to be upheld by consent or by enforcement. Laws in the United States of America become the law of the Land by a simple majority vote in the Supreme Court. That tells me that laws are not absolutely just or fair. In my thirty years in the United States the shining moment came when Al Gore graciously accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court and outright told the world, that the laws of the nation have rendered their verdict and he conceded defeat. I often wonder what could have happened if civility had not prevailed and abiding by the court’s decision was challenged on the streets. Al Gore did not have my vote, but he will always have my abiding respect and gratitude for the graciousness, farsightedness he exhibited in one of the tensest period of modern American history in my view.

I believe we in the Diaspora should help the judicial system in Armenia to have adequate checks and balances to render fair and just verdicts, to have recourses for appeal. Diaspora may establish advocacy funds to help legal representation. However, we should refrain pressuring the Armenian court on case-by-case basis. No verdict will be accepted by all of us.

Please educate me more. You, Yervand or anyone else who is knowledgeable. Nikol Pashinyan did not lead the March 2008 demonstration single handedly of course. He was an active participant with others. What happened to the other leaders or active participants who were charged and why are we singling Nikol in the appeal and not all those who were charged in leading that infamous turned tragic demonstration?

Vahe nine other political prisoners are still in jail:

-Artsakh heroses Sasun Mikaelyan (had multiple surgeries and heart bypasses while in the jail in addition to still carrying in his body the remnants of the bombs from war)
-Sarkis Hatspanyan who was in hungerstrike last year near New Year for many days and who only lifted it after Levon Ter-Petrosyans personal request to him.
-Harutyun Urutyan
-Aram Bareghamyan
-forgive me for not remembering the names and the details of the rest of political prisoners.

More than hundred people from opposition were detained and convicted aftre March events. All of them are released now (with one of them released today: http://www.azatutyun.am/content/article/2240745.html) except the 10 left in the jails. This release will continue only if the pressure by Amrneian people will continue.

“Regime is untying its hands”

Statement by HAK

"Contrary to the people's growing demand for ensuring the security of and releasing political prisoner, editor-in-chief of "Haykakan Zhamanak" daily Nikol Pashinyan, the latter has been transferred from "Kosh" penitentiary to Artik prison and, according to our data, with a strict regime.

The latest attack on Pashinyan at "Kosh" penitentiary by masked men, as well as keeping him in a punishment room for 15 days for no reason go to show that the regime had no other chance to silence Pashinyan by pressuring him at the penitentiary. The regime is not taking a step to ensure Pashinyan's security by transferring him to the Artik penitentiary, but is trying to fulfill two objectives: make it difficult for Pashinyan to have daily contact at a distance from the capital and untie its hands by pressuring him in a closed regime without any eyewitnesses.

We call on the society and each responsible citizen to join the editors, journalists, cultural figures and scientists in Armenia and abroad who have already raised their voices for Nikol Pashinyan's security, as well as his and the other political prisoners' immediate release. On the one hand, the subsequent act of violence against Nikol is a new, malicious expression of the authorities' vengeance and tyranny that recognizes no bounds and on the other hand, it is a touchstone of the persistence and consistency of citizens fighting for his freedom."


There is an advocacy fund established to help legal representation of political prisoners, including the help for preparing appeals to the European Court of Human rights. 
The details about this fund can be found by contacting Armenian National Congress
http://www.anc.am/en/



Sireli Vahe,
if you ever are in Florida anywhere near West Palm Beach would be glad to meet you one day.
(http://www.scripps.edu/florida/infectology/faculty.html)
(http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/052809.html)

Soviet Armenia and todays Armenia are totally different countries with huge differences in peopels lifes.

Courts in Armenia and in USA are not comparable by any means.

The problem with Armenian courts is not the lack of "adequate checks and balances to render fair and just verdicts, to have resourses for appeal." The problem of Armenian Courts is that they are NOT  independent! Including the constitutional court of RA which is the supreme instance in Armenia.They are ALL corrupt and directly and strictly dependent and controlled by Serz Sargsyan.
Even if you wish a lot, neither you , me or anybody else in the entire world can not "pressure the Armenian court on case-by-case basis" except Serz Sargsyan. A single judge in Armenia - Pargev Ohanyan, who refused to excecute the order from the presidential palace and conducted a fair verdict, was dissmissed immediately by then president Robert Kocharyan.

In order to understand all these, one needs to live in Armenia himself and feel on his own skin the "justice" of Armenian court. As well as the lawfulness of Police which is closely associated with criminals and is totally corrupt.

People are afraid of raising their voice about injustice or fight for theor rights and freedom since it is dangerous and can lead to loss of job, money, freedom and life. Only a few comments of mine publsihed openly in the opinion/viewpoint section of Haykakan Zhamanak were enough to worry and deeply concern my relatives in Armenia.  We live in a totalitarian regime - dictatorship! Armenia is not independent de facto, neither politically, economically or militarily and its regime is an adjunct of Putin's regime, the true nature of which admits even American goverment (see wikileaks releases)! The only thing that the dictatorship is afraid of is the truth in the form of free speech. And this is the last thing Nikol wrote in his editorial on November 17th:

Բռնապետությունը սարսափում է ճշմարտությունից

http://www.armtimes.com/19321

A few clarifications about "leading that infamous turned tragic demonstration?":

The actual site where the deomnstartion was held/lead by Nikol and other leaders - the Myasnikyan square, was far away from the tragedy site where the murders happened and where the looting and burning of the cars happened. In fact the stores in the immediate proximity to the peoples gathering place were not touched. So was not a single glass brocken during the preceding 10 days of non stop rallies at Freedom Square and hundreds of thousands of peoples daily marches on Yerevan streets. People were peacefully protestig during those days and waiting for the appeal decision from the constitutional court on the elections outcome. The regime was afraid of Constitutional Courts disobeiance and possible justice under the vast and increasing pressure of people and that is exactly why the decision was made by the regime to violently disperce the demonstartors at the Freedom Square during the night. Subsequently the decision of the court was made during the State of Emergency with a court building filled and surrounded with army soldiers!

There is a documentary made by A1plus covering the events of March 1st. You and everybody interested can find it on youtube (English translated version for you ):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV3JJvHtVNA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RftOqFvtXnw&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaO4TX8XAYk&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0QgLhGqxwQ&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zY07MnbvPw&feature=channel

If you and Diaspora want to help freedom of speech in Armenia you can contribute to it by voting for A1plus TV who is competing now for the right to air its programs in Armenia in the hopes of reclaiming justice and also in the hopes of recovering its rights based on European Courts decision. The vote is done in a form of money trasnfer to a fund established to support the Peoples TV channel which would be the A1 plus TV channel. The important is not the amount of money trasfered but the vote itselft saying that you support A1plus and want to see it back in the air. Please see the link for more information about the fund, people who supported and other details:

http://www.a1plus.am/en/social/2010/10/21/supporting

http://www.a1plus.am/en/politics/2010/12/6/donation

(a short info clip on A1 and its story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1yzhf7ZCgQ)

Again thank you for your interest in Amrenia and th Armenian people's life there.

Further Facts to Support what Yervand Presented

I think this A1Plus interview with Andranik Kocharyan about March 1st events and who was behind them is very relevant to what Yervand has presented so eloquently. I have to agree with all what Yervand said even though I have core disagreement with some views of Levon Ter-Petrosyan regarding the role of the Republic of Armenia for the Armenian people and the role of the RA in the region as well as its relationship with its neighbors. 


http://www.a1plus.am/am/politics/2010/12/6/andranik-qocharyan

ԱԺ-ում ներկայացված 2008 թվականի մարտի 1-2-ի  ժամանակավոր հանձնաժողովի առաջարկությունների կատարման ընթացքն ուսումնասիրող մոնիթորինգի հանձնաժողովի զեկույցը Մարտի 1-ի փաստահավաք խմբի անդամ, ՆԳ նախկին նախարար Անդրանիկ Քոչարյանին առանձնապես չի հետաքրքրում: Իսկ թե ինչո՞ւ. պարոն Քոչարյանը հիմնավորեց «Ա1+»-ի հետ հարցազրույցում: 

 - Կարիք չկար ծանոթանալ Դավիթ Հարությունյանի հրապարակած զեկույցին, որովհետեւ վերջին շրջանում նրա բոլոր զեկույցները եւ հատկապես մարտի 1-ին վերաբերողը' կրել են իմիտացիոն բնույթ: Դրանք հիմնականում մեկ խնդիր են լուծել. եղած փաստերը, որոնք պետք է պահեին ուշադրության կենտրոնում եւ հասնեին որոշակի բացահայտումների, դրված են մի կողմ եւ իրականացվում է մի մշտադիտարկում' առանց տալու հիմանական հարցերի պատասխանը:

Ձեզ համար ո՞րն է ամենահիմնական խնդիրը Մարտի 1-2 դեպքերի հետ կապված:

- Կարեւորագույն հարցը, որը մնացել է չբացահայտված 10 մահվան հանգամանքների ուսումնասիրություններն են եւ մեղավորների չբացահայտումը, չնայած դրա համար իշխանություններն ունեին բավարար տեղեկատվություն: Եթե նրանք նույնիսկ չունեին այդ տեղեկատվությունը, ապա Փաստահավաք խմբի 5 զեկույցները լիովին բավարար էին մարտի 1-ին վերաբերող բազմաթիվ հարցերի պատասխանները գտնելու համար:

Ձեր կարծիքով 10 սպանություններն էլ հնարավո՞ր էին բացահայտել, եւ դրանցից որո՞նք են Ձեզ համար արդեն բացահայտված:

- Այն 7 ամիսների ընթացքում, ինչ գործեց Փաստահավաք խումբը, կարողանալով օգտագործել նույնիսկ իշխանությունների ձեռքին կուտակված, Հատուկ Քննչական Ծառայության ունեցած նյութերը մարտի 1-ի վերաբերյալ, որոշակի բացահայտումներ արեց: Ըստ էության' կարելի է ասել, որ մենք կանգնած էինք առնվազն 5 սպանությունների լիարժեք բացահայտման շեմին: Կարծում եմ' իշխանությունները դրանից վախեցած, առաջին զեկույցից հետո ամեն ինչ արեցին, որպեսզի Փաստահավաք խումբը չկարողանա բացահայտել այն կառույցները, որոնց միջոցով իրականացվել էին մարտի 1-ի դեպքերի ապօրինի որոշումները: Շատ ուշագրավ էր Փաստահավաք խմբի վերջին զեկույցը, որտեղ ուսումնասիրված է մարտի 1-ին բանակի մասնակցության խնդիրը: Լավ կլիներ, որ Դավիթ Հարությունյանը առաջին հերթին տար այն հարցերի պատասխանը, թե մարտի 1-ին բանակի ներգրավում, որը հակասահմանադրական էր եւ ապօրինի, ինչպե՞ս եւ ինչ մեխանիզմով է իրականացվել: Փետրվարի 23-ից հետո, Ռոբերտ Քոչարյանի մոտ խորհրդակցությունից հետո, այն ժամանակվա Պաշտպանության նախարար Միքայել Հայրապետյանը ինչպե՞ս կայացրեց այդ որոշումը, եւ մարտի 1-ին բանակը ինչպես բերվեց եւ տեղակայվեց Երեւանի կենտրոնում: Այս հարցերի պատասխանները քանի դեռ չեն տրվել, քանի դեռ չեն ստիպել, որ պատկան մարմինները, հատկապես ՀՔԾ-ն իրականացնի լիարժեք բացահայտում, մնացած մշտադիտարկման խնդիրները, թե «Չերյոմուխա-7»-ը հնացա՞ծ էր, հնացած չէ՞ր, ո՞ր զորամասում ոչնչացվեց, սոցիալական, կոռուպցիոն խնդիրները, որոնք կարող էին բերել' դժգոհությունների խնդիրը չեն լուծելու: Փաստորեն այսօր բոլոր մարդասպանները, որոնք իրականացրել են այդ սպանությունները, գտնվում են ազատության մեջ: Ավելին, գոնե նրանցից մի քանիսը Ներքին Զորքերի համակարգում են, որոնք կրակել են KC- 23 ինքնաձիգից' նշանառու կրակոցով, որի իրավունքը չունեին:

Փաստահավաք խմբի լուծարումից հետո, փաստաբան Սեդա Սաֆարյանի հետ Դուք շարունակեցիք 2008թ. մարտի 1-2-ի ուսումնասիրությունները, զեկույցներ հրապարակեցիք: Այս պահին ինչո՞վ եք զբաղվում: Նոր զեկույց սպասվո՞ւմ է:

- Դժվարանում եմ ասել' նոր զեկույց կունենանք, թե' ոչ: Զեկույցներից դուրս մարդկանց մոտ հսկայական նյութեր կային կուտակված' տեսագրություններ, ձայնագրություններ, որոնք մեզ կհաջողվի հավաքել, տեսակավորել եւ դրանց արժեքավոր բաղադրիչները ներկայացնել հանրությանը' գուցե փոքրիկ տեսքով:

Պարոն Քոչարյան, գոնե Ձեզ համար մարտի 1-ի դեպքերը բացահայտվա՞ծ են:

- Ինձ համար' այո:

 - Ո՞վ է պատասխանատուն:

 - Գործող իշխանությունները' Ռոբերտ Քոչարյանի գլխավորությամբ:

 Հարցազրույցը վարեց Վիկտորյա Աբրահամյանը

Aram, My Last Comment and Inquiry

Aram,

Not to render the Keghart forum into a chat room, this will be my last comment and inquiry regarding March 2008 demonstration and Nikol Pashinyan.

For the benefit of the English speaking readers, let it be noted that in this interview, the interviewee – Andranik Kocharyan - claims that the government did not help the inquiry as to who was responsible for the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 10 people at the March 2008 demonstration. He holds the Robert Kocharian government responsible.

Aram, please help me out here; what does the interviewee’s allegation have to do with Free Journalist/Editor Nikol Pashinyan appeal? As far as I understand, Nikol is being held for being an organizer and a leader of the March 2008 demonstration to which the appeal, disingenuously, makes no reference. The appeal claims that Nikol Pashinyan, as an editor, is imprisoned to silence his views and is being coerced which of course is not acceptable and tolerable for any prisoner

Aram, you seem to believe that this interview bolsters Free Journalist / Editor Nikol Pashinian appeal, but I cannot find the association and the linkage.

Reply to Vahe

Dear Vahe,

I sent the interview with Andranik Kocharyan to support his points in the following sections of his earlier comment replying to your enquiry:

"Armenian government censored and therefore shut down the independent press during 20 days in the aftermath of those events which per se precluded any other information going out of Armenia except the few blogs and emails that managed to escape the censorship of KGB on the web (youtube, radio freedom and many other websites, for example, were ILLEGALLY shut down in Armenia during those days). So, on those days whatever information reached you including the one on the pages of New York Times was coming only from officials of Armenia".

You say  “…Nikol’s incarceration had anything to do with March 2008 demonstration and that his right to exercise his freedom of speech meant his right to express himself during the heat of the demonstration of which amply was reported and I meant to say not only in the Armenian press but such as in NY Times.” 

"What was reported in the press that you read? What makes you think that if Nikol has anything to do with the demonstrations it makes him a criminal? Ironically, today it is the opposition that demands from the government to investigate and find the murderers who killed the victims (including a policeman and a young army soldier who was shot from behind) on March 1st 2008. 

The relatives of those victims are supporting opposition and believe that the murderers and those who gave the orders to murder will not be found until this government is in charge. For your information several of the victims were shot by sharpshooters and some others were killed by firing directly on them the special means called “Cheryomukha” which was supposed to be used only as a means of dispersing crowd by firing in the air and causing a gas cloud in the atmosphere". 

"This is what happens in Armenia today and this is what Armenian people are struggling against. I am not forcing you to conclude anything. I am only trying to make you more informed. If you are interested you can inform yourself very well using many of the news websites that report Armenian news. I can give you a few examples of those (many of them have English versions): A1plus.am Lragir.am Tert.am Epress.am News.am Azatutyun.am (also radio station) You, as everybody, are free to conclude whatever you want."

Also, let me notice that the appeal starts with:

“We…are deeply concerned in the imprisonment of Nikol Pashinyan, editor-in-chief of Haykakan Zhamanak ("Armenian Time") daily in Armenia...". And this interview with Andranik Kocharyan is a resource of information for people who are really interested in having an unbiased opinion on what happened on March 1st, 2008 and if Nikol Pashinyan really committed a crime during these events. 


 

Yervant, What am I to Conclude?

In a posted comment I admitted that I am not as knowledgeable as many here on Keghart are regarding demonstrations, exercising freedom of speech in Armenia etc.

After having followed the comments and thus having educated myself regarding Nikol Pashian’s case, I fault those who worded Free Nikol Pashinian appeal. There was no mention made there about Nikol Pashinian’s participation in March 2008 demonstrations. The appeal conveyed that Journalist/Editor Nikol Pashinian is being incarcerated to curtail his freedom of expression. I, being not as knowledgeable as many in Keghart are, could not figure for the life of me that Nikol’s incarceration had anything to do with March 2008 demonstration and that his right to exercise his freedom of speech meant his right to express himself during the heat of the demonstration of which amply was reported and I meant to say not only in the Armenian press but such as in NY Times. I thought, upon reading the appeal, here is an editor, who is writing his editorials critizing President Sarkissian’s administration and is being now silenced. Having said this I am not implying that I support Njdeh.

There is a limit of freedom of expression, verbal or otherwise, and that can only be known if the context within which the freedom of expression is expected to be exercised is amply made known. A case in point on the limits of freedom of expression? What about Awlaki, the natural born American citizen, who is exercising his right of freedom of expression in presumably Yemen and making his expressions pretty well known all over the world. Well guess what? His freedom of expression has created a dilemma whether US Government should bring down one of its own citizens.

Now you post that “the police (Armenian) tries to ban protest action in Ijevan”. What am I to conclude? Do you expect me to conclude that the corrupt President Sarkissian’ government is silencing its own citizen again? Do you think that it’s fair and right for me to conclude what you are indirectly inferring for me to conclude by posting your comment at a time of heated discussion of a related happening without letting me know the context within which the demonstration is taking place? Should I outright conclude that the corrupt government of RoA and its unscrupulous police are silencing another protest?

Njdeh, thank you for admitting the crimes of the RA governemnt

Indeed, there is no need for Njdeh to withdraw himself from this discussion, since the more he speaks the more it becomes obvious that he is simply yet another piece of blunt propaganda machine of Armenian government, now sent here to do what Armenian "public" TV station did during 2008 March events and continues to do so until now - that is to present one sided, edited information, and based on that force its own opinions on the public.

On the other hand whoever he is or whoever the people are who direct him made a huge slip:

by admitting for the first time, though unofficially but publicly that Police and ARMY was used TO VIOLENTLY DISPERSE peaceful and unarmed demonstrators at the Square of Freedom starting at 6:45 am on Mach 1st 2008. 

For those who might not be informed well,  the official version of the government was and is that Army forces were not used  until later on that day when the state of emergency was declared (which is not the case because there are many photos made during the day showing military presence on the streets of Yerevan).

Also the government claims that Police did not attempt to disperse the demonstrators early in the morning but rather intended to perform search for allegedly hidden weapons at the square. Of course this explanation doesn't stand any logic because by law Police can not perform any search during nighttime and night time is considered to be 10pm-7am).

For those of us who lived in Armenia and who closely followed the events since March 1st, all the facts are clear and obvious and the public in Armenia clearly knows what has happened during those days.

However, outside the country there are many people who are not well informed and that is the exact reason why Mr. Njdeh launched a "Haylur" style propaganda in the hopes of brainwashing uninformed public, just like it was done during the 20 days of the state of emergency after March 1st by all TV stations.

So keep going to reveal yourself  Mr. Njdeh.

Levonakan vs Non-Levonakan

Personally I support the people's movement led by Levon only for one reason:

-they are fighting to restore the constitutional order, that is:

-they are fighting for having free and transparent elections!

They proved during 2008 elections. For example, I don't recall any dashnaks being beaten, kidnapped or intimidated in their attempts to prevent election fraud. I doubt if they attempted to stop fraud at all.

People like me, who are supporting this movement today, sure will oppose to anyone be it Levon or another of today's opposition leaders who will not follow the democratic path.

Democracy is first of all a means for people to get rid of the corrupt government that lied to people. The struggle today is to return to people their right to rule through elections!

Therefore, leaders who come up with plans and promises but do not implement them and cannot prove that  they are fighting for free elections then they are not any different form the current government.

 

How about the murders that happened

How about the murders that happened before 1998? How about the"democratic" elections of 1995 and 1996?

"Nardos" aka Njdeh

I do not preclude the possibility of politically motivated murders before 98, during Ter Petrosyan's presidency, when late Vazgen Sargsyan, Vano Siradeghyan, Serzh Sargsyan were the ministers of state power institutions.

95 , 96 elections were far  from being democratic. I personally think they were rigged, again at the time when the above mentioned persons were in power.  I also think,  that  period marked the beginning of the end of democracy in newly independent Armenia where the first steps of it started to be implemented in 1991 by the same leaders.

If I were to do a superficial comparison between 1996 and 2008 elections and their aftermath I would note the following:

-In 1996 the opposition attacked the Parliament building, beat up the deputy of the Parliament

-In 2008 no such thing happened.

-In 1996 police fired only in the air (Serzh Sargsyan asked from Ter Petrosyan permission to open fire on demonstrators attacking the Parliament building; Ter-Petrosyan ordered to fire in the air. Despite the attack, no one from demonstrators was killed.

-In 2008 among 11 victims killed on the streets of Yerevan some were shot by sharpshooters, others by direct shots by police, and still others were killed by Cheryomukha special means which are  not intended to fire on people. None of the victims, except the killed army soldier and the policeman were armed.

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