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Litmus Test for Armenia Interview Translated into English

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Hrant Dink Commemoration;
Keynote Speaker: Payam Akhavan

29 December 2017
There is quite a bit of activity on social media about Arsen Artsruni, imprisoned in Armenia for the past twenty-three years for his part in the activities of the secret “terrorist” cell "Dro" in 1994. Close to fifty people were allegedly involved to destabilize the government and create a favorable environment for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) to assume power. The alleged plotters were imprisoned and the ARF was banned.

All prisoners were freed over time, except three individuals. Artsruni is one of them. In addition to plotting to overthrow the regime he was also accused of murder. Artsruni was originally sentenced to death, but later the verdict was commuted to life imprisonment. According to reports, recently Artsruni's health has deteriorated threatening his life. He is diagnosed with diffuse multinodular goitre grade II.

In an interview with Arevelk, Sevak Artsruni – Arsen’s brother – has demanded his release so that he may get proper medical care. He furthermore raised the possibility of undetected cancer and asked that Arsen is transferred to his birthplace Lebanon.
The “Arevelk” interview in Armenian is reproduced in its entirety. We have also provided Charles Paskerian's broad translation into English, links to Wikipedia about goitre and a 2012 Civil Society Institute report.

This case raises questions: humanitarian, human rights, legal, extradition agreements, to name a few. Armenia aspires to emulate Europe. Could this instance constitute a litmus test for how Armenia behaves?

Arsen Artsruni’s Life Threatened, Warn Relatives

Interview with Sevak, Arsen Artsruni's brother
Translated by Charles Paskerian
“Arevelk”, 29 December 2017
"Arevelk": Mr. Artsruni, through Facebook you have sounded an alarm about the health of your brother, Arsen Artsruni who is in prison in Armenia. What's his condition now? ....Read more >>
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