YPC Weekly Newsletter

2005


HEAD OF “FEMIDA” DEMANDS TO REFUTE THE DISCREDITING INFORMATION ABOUT HERSELF

On June 28 at the court of primary jurisdiction of Center and Nork-Marash communities
of Yerevan hearings were to start on the suit of the Chairwoman of “Femida”
NGO Julietta Amirkhanian on protection of honor and dignity versus citizen Liya
Revazian.

The suit was filed on May 23 demanding to refute the invalid information, discrediting
the honor and dignity, as contained in the letter of Liya Revazian sent to the
RA President, Chairman of the RA Justice Council Robert Kocharian, the Chairman
of the RA National Assembly Artur Baghdasarian, Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharian,
RA Human Rights Defender Larisa Alaverdian, a number of other officials, the
editorial offices of “Hayastani Hanrapetutiun”, “Hayots Ashkhar”, “Avangard”,
“Zoravig” newspapers and the Second Armenian TV Channel, as well as to the Open
Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Armenia and Eurasia Foundation.

In her letter Liya Revazian, in particular, maintains that “grants of international
organizations are used against people, aim at intensifying the hostility within
the nation, organizing civil actions”, and as “a vivid example of this” refers
to “Datakan Aliq” (“Judicial Channel”) TV program, hosted by Julietta Amirkhanian.
As YPC was told by Julietta Amirkhanian, “Datakan Aliq” program cycle was issued
on the Second Armenian TV Channel since June 1, 2004 till May 31, 2005 and was
produced by “Femida” under a project, supported by European Commission. Due
to this circumstance the head of “Femida” (organization, unifying journalists
writing on legal and judicial subjects) expressed her amazement at the choice
of “foreign” letter recipients by Liya Revazian – the international organizations
named above.

The reason for the indignation of Liya Revazian was the story in “Datakan Aliq”,
shown by the Second Channel on April 7, 2005. It told about the litigation between
the residents of one of the houses in Yerevan and “Tornik Eva” LLC, owned by
the father of Liya Revazian, Ruben Revazian.

The trial on June 28 did not take place due to the absence of the respondent.
The representative of the plaintiff, as a supplement to the suit, presented
the text of the refutation to the court, demanding to oblige the respondent
to disseminate it among the recipients of the letter that resulted in the suit.

The case hearings were shifted to July 14.