Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan has strongly condemned the move of Yerevan City Council member Henrik Hartenyan against Armenian top court head Hrayr Tovmasyan's daughter.
ArmDaily reported that Henrik Hartenyan, who represents the ruling My Step faction in the City Council, posted a photo of Sara Tovmasyan user in a Facebook story, adding that the account belongs to the daughter of Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan.
“Period, folks!” he added to the story.
“In general, I strongly urge anyone holding public office to clearly understand his/her official status and act exclusively within that status, displaying a proper conduct. You are restricted to your official status,” the ombudsman said in a statement.
“No one has the right to target [an official’s] family life and especially children whether or not the case refers to the official's family.
“I urge our compatriots using social media to show respect for each other, respect each other's opinion, dignity, personal and family life,” Tatoyan said.
In a statement on Sunday, the My Step faction said it “strongly condemns any manifestation of hate speech.”
“Please accept our apologies for the incident. Tomorrow, the My Step faction of the Yerevan City Council will convene an emergency meeting, after which it will issue a statement,” the statement read.
Thanks to the efforts of military political leadership of the country and the actions of the Armed Forces the situation on the frontline has been relatively stable in 2019, Defense Minister Davit Tonotyan stated on Monday at the meeting of the advisory board of the minister of defence
The minister added that the Armed Forces should not weaken vigilance for a second and exert additional efforts to strengthen the combat readiness of the Armed Forces and ensure the inviolability of the borders.
As the press department at the ministry reported in a press statement, the meeting of the advisory board addressed results pertaining to combat and mobilization training in the 2019 academic year, guarding, operative and combat training of troops and headquarters as well as the current state of military discipline.
The Head of the Chief of Staff of Armenia's Armed Forces Artak Davtyan presented report on activities realized in 2019, summing up the main achievements and problems registered in the indicated period.
Henrik Hartenyan, a member of the Yerevan City council representing the ruling My Step faction, will resign, another My Step councilman Armen Yeghiazaryan told reporters on Monday following an emergency meeting of the faction.
The announcement comes after Hartenyan posted a photo of Sara Tovmasyan, the alleged daughter of Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan, in a Facebook story, writing: "This is the Facebook account of H. Tovmasyan's daughter. Folks, forward!"
“Yesterday the faction issued a statement condemning the incident. During today’s discussion the faction members reaffirmed their position on the issue that it is not in line with our system of values and goes against our principles. Adhering to these principles, we asked Mr. Hartenyan to lay down his mandate. He agreed," he said.
When asked how he justified his move, Yeghiazaryan replied: “I think that is not so important now; the motives, the reasons and the explanations are not important. Let me not raise them, I think he himself can coffer comments. Eventually, the reasons were not the matter, but the phenomenon,” the councilmember said.
In a statement on Sunday, the My Step faction said it “strongly condemns any manifestation of hate speech" and pomised to issue a statement after an emergency meeting on Monday.