Presos de conciencia en Armenia

Prisoners of conscience in Armenia
As of June 2009, in Armenia there are 76 Jehovah’s Witnesses in prison for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Currently, in Nagorno-Karabakh none of Jehovah’s Witnesses are in prison for conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds.

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

Conscientious Objectors

REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
June 2009

Currently, there are 76 Jehovah’s Witnesses who are in prison for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. Of these, 76 have been tried and convicted. No one is being held in pretrial detention. The names, dates of imprisonment, grounds (under criminal code1 ), the duration of punishment and present locations are as follows:

Seventy-six Jehovah’s Witnesses have been tried and convicted:

Name Date of Imprisonment Grounds/Sentence Location
Vahe Mejlumyan September 6, 2006 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Nikolay Gasparyan September 25, 2006 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahe Musaelyan November 28, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gagik Qochinyan December 5, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Hrachya Khachatryan December 8, 2006 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Yerem Hovhannisyan January 10, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Sayad Tovmasyan January 10, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Karapet Barseghyan February 7, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Aram Yelchyan February 13, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Senik Harutyunyan February 15, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Zurabyan February 27, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gevorg Hovsepyan March 3, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karen Safaryan March 15, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vigen Yeghiazaryan March 15, 2007 § 327 I, 27 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hakob Babayan March 16, 2007 § 327 I, 27 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahan Babayan March 16, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Kajik Harutyunyan March 18, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gevorg Karapetyan April 5, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Armen Kirakosyan April 18, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Nshan Gevorgyan July 17, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
David Aroyan August 3, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Edgar Hakobyan August 7, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Andranik Aghekyan August 8, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Ashot Qaryan August 9, 2007 § 327 I, 26 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hayk Madatyan August 11, 2007 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Zora Melkonyan August 13, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Karen Smbatyan August 14, 2007 § 327 I, 22 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Arman Ayvazyan August 14, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Henrik Ghazaryan August 23, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Levon Azizyan August 23, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Argam Vardanyan August 29, 2007 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gor Kirakosyan September 21, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mkrtich Smbatyan September 26, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Stepan Hovakimyan September 26, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Babken Shahinyan December 5, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Roman Hovhannisyan December 17, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Garik Gevorgyan December 25, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Samson Indzigulyan December 25, 2007 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Harutyun Vardazaryan January 9, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hrayr Mkrtchyan January 14, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hovhannes Arakelyan January 18, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Hovhannes Gogdjyan January 30, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Araz Arshakyan February 5, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Mardoyan February 5, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Artik Penal Institution
Hamayak Eminyan February 6, 2008 § 327 I, 27 months Artik Penal Institution
Davit Petrosyan February 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Martun Hovsepyan February 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Zirayr Karyan March 6, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Arman Kareyan March 7, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Ashot Simonyan March 12, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Hovik Stepanyan March 31, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karo Aleksanyan April 4, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahe Ananyan April 8, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Karen Voskanyan April 11, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vahram Baghramyan June 3, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Alik Balayan July 14, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mkhitar Sargsyan July 17, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Tigran Melikyan July 30, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Shahen Asatryan July 31, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Artik Penal Institution
Gevorg Danughyan August 8, 2008 § 327 I,24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gor Petrosyan August 15, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Mher Barseghyan August 25, 2008 § 327 I, 30 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Vardan Kasemyan September 2, 2008 § 327 I, 36 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Garegin Gogjyan September 13, 2008 § 327 I, 26 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Armen Martirosyan October 2, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Gagik Shakaryan October 6, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Grisha Ohanjanyan October 13, 2008 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
David Parsadanyan January 22, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Samvel Shkoyan January 22, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Artik Penal Institution
Davit Mnatsakanyan February 2, 2009 § 327 I, 30 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Vigen Sargsyan February 15, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Levon Bashberukyan March 18, 2009 § 327 I, 26 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Nver Nazaryan March 24, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Erebuni Penal Institution
Tatul Arsenyan April 20, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Vladimir Sargsyan April 21, 2009 § 327 I, 36 months Nubarashen Penal Institution
Hovsep Mutafyan May 12, 2009 § 327 I, 24 months Nubarashen Penal Institution

No Jehovah’s Witnesses are currently in pretrial detention.


1 Article 327 I states: Evasion from recurring draft military or alternative service call-up, training exercise or mobilization, without any order defined by Legislation of the RA as grounds for exemption, is punished with arrest for a maximum term of two months, or imprisonment for a maximum term of three years (modified 16.12.2005).

2Article 70 I states: When assigning a punishment in the form of public work, arrest, imprisonment or keeping in the disciplinary battalion if the court comes to the conclusion that the correction of the convict is possible without serving the sentence, the court can conditionally decide not to apply this punishment.

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