YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Citizens claiming to have been victimized by former interior minister and Yerevan mayor Vano Siradeghian have started to lodge complaints with the Sakharov Human Rights Fund.
Among the complaints are an illegal arrest and subsequent sacking from interior structures; the replacement of municipal officers by "loyalists"; racketeering against businesses; unfounded dismissal of a murder case; provocative actions by interior officials against a district court judge to have him fired–and others.
According to the Fund’s executive director Levon Nersissian–besides written complaints–the Fund receives up to 10 phone calls a day requesting information about the procedure of filing complaints and the expected action on the part of the Fund.
"We do not mean to substitute for investigation bodies; we are in pursuit of one goal only–and that is to exercise public control to safeguard citizens’ rights," Nersissian said.
The Fund set up a committee to protect the rights of citizens victimized by Vano Siradeghian. The committee is studying and summarizing civil complaints.
Nersissian recently attended an international conference attended by 386 delegates from 90 countries in Dehli–India. The main objective of the conference was discussing different approaches to possible ways of developing democracy.
According to him–it was the first forum of democrats from all over the world held at such a representative level.
Renowned political and public figures as well as scientists–diplomats–government officials and businessmen exchanged views on democratic governance and interrelation between democracy and market economy.
The conference adopted a resolution urging all democrats of the world to unite their efforts for strengthening and developing democracy not only in the countries where it is not fully developed–but also in those having long-standing democratic traditions.
The conference was arranged by the US NED with the sponsorship of the CII and Center for Political Research.