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‘We Face Tough Times Ahead’ – Activist on ‘Stagnant’ State of Human Rights in Armenia

In recent years, Armenia has registered a considerable regress in the field of human rights, chairman of the Armenian Helsinki Association Michael Danielyan said Thursday in an interview for Epress.am. The human rights advocate assessed the current state of human rights in the country as “stagnant,” and Armenian human rights defenders, Danielyan believes, cannot do much today to change the situation.

“I, personally, take on specific cases. Launching, so to speak, surgical strikes, I at least manage to help one or two people,” he stressed.

The human rights activist also spoke in favor of applying international sanctions against Armenian authorities; however, he added, international structures continue to assist those in power, enabling their control over 95% of Armenia's public organizations and mass media. 

“I'm afraid, we have very tough years ahead of us,” Danielyan noted.

Full interview in Armenian