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5 years after Levon Gulyan’s death; no results - failed investigation

14.05.2012

Civil Society Institute condemns the inactivity of investigative bodies and lack of will to elucidate the case, as a result no perpetrators has been identified and brought to justice.

14 May, 2012, Yerevan

The third Periodical Report of the Republic of Armenia was considered in the 48th session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture on the 10th and 11th of May, 2012.

One question raised among others was the death of Levon Gulyan.

May 12, 2011, will mark the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of Levon Gulyan. On May 12, 2007, Levon Gulyan was called to the RA police as a witness. According to the version of the police, Levon Gulyan tried to run from the police station, jumped from the second floor and died.

Considering the fact that Mr. Gulyan had spent three days at the police station before he died, he was not suspected or accused of committing any illegal action. He was called to the police for a number of times, and always attended. Therefore, he did not have any reason to run out of police. In addition, there were signs of violence on his body, which make CSI suspect that before falling out of the window, Levon Gulyan was tortured and mistreated by the police.

On February 8, 2012, the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Armenia closed the criminal case on Levon Gulyan's death for the fourth time in violation of the decision of RA Court of Cassation of August 27, 2010 to "eliminate the violations of the rights and the freedoms of a person during the pre-trial investigation".

On February 22, 2012 the representatives of Levon Gulyan’s legal successor applied to the European Court on Human Rights, demanding to recognize violations of Article 2 (right to life), Article 5 (right to freedom and personal integrity), and Article 13 (right to effective justice) of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Civil Society Institute have called a number of times for a transparent and effective investigation of the circumstances of Levon Gulyan’s death. However, five years have passed and the case has not been investigated thouroughly.

CSI condemns the inactivity of investigative bodies and lack of will to elucidate the case, as a result no perpetrators has been identified and brought to justice.

CSI demand that the RA authorities: 

  • Take action to start an effective investigation of the case 
  • Bring accountable those responsible for investigation of this case whos actions do not comply with the decisions of the RA courts. 
  • Fully conform with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as well as European Convention on the Prevention of Torture and the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which impose an obligation to investigate and prosecute allegations of torture.
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