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Vahagn Chakhalyan announced "political persecution" in Javakheti

2012-07-03 12:12

The IA has published a statement by the political prisoner, an activist of the Armenian-Georgian region of Samtskhe-Javakheti Vahagn Chakhalyan, condemned for political beliefs.


"I strongly condemn the new wave of political repression unleashed by the Georgian authorities in Javakheti. In particular, Malik Raisyan and Georgi Mkhchyan have become a target of this policy. This step is aimed at further limiting the political rights of the Armenians of Javakheti, as well as the deepening tensions in the region. This course is aimed out to make political opponents silent; it is inherent in the authoritarian and dictatorial regimes that seek to retain power at any cost", said in Chakhalyan's statement.

In the statement, Vahagn Chakhalyan demanded "the immediate cessation of all harassment and persecution against the Javakheti figures sharing oppositional views, as well as to create conditions for holding free and fair election in Javakheti, as well as in the whole Georgia".

As recalled by the IA Regnum, Chakhalyan was arrested by the Georgian authorities on July 21, 2008. April 7th, 2009, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the aggregate of trumped-up charges of "the organization of mass actions violating public order", in "hooliganism" and "possession of weapons". Chakhalyan's case is currently being considered by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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