An­other un­fit Ar­me­nian con­script to be sent for mil­i­tary ser­vice

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Sto­ries about in­jus­tice while con­script­ing young Ar­me­ni­ans to serv­ing in the army know no end. An­other such story is about a con­script Lernik Usikyan.

His ap­pli­ca­tion was con­sid­ered at a hear­ing of the Pub­lic Coun­cil un­der the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice on De­cem­ber 25. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Lernik showed his feet, where wounds could be seen with the naked eye. The con­script noted that he limps while walk­ing.

His mother added that doc­tor in the med­i­cal cen­ter in Gyumri city told that Usikyan will not be able to wear mil­i­tary boots and that he must wear only soft shoes.

“One of the main cri­te­ria of mil­i­tary ser­vice is the abil­ity of a ser­vice­man to wear uni­forms. If health does not al­low him to do so, then he can­not serve,” con­firmed the chair­man of the Pub­lic Coun­cil Gegham Haru­tyun­yan, re­ported.

How­ever, the Coun­cil even­tu­ally de­cided that the demon­stra­tion of the wounded and de­formed foot by Usikyan is not a proof – only a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate is taken into ac­count.

How­ever, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble for an Ar­me­nian con­script to get any cer­tifi­cate from med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions. The Gyumri med­i­cal cen­ter was not an ex­cep­tion – hav­ing learned that Usikyan is draftee, the cen­ter re­fused to pro­vide any pa­per.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Vanad­zor of­fice of the Helsinki Civil Assem­bly Ar­mine Sadikyan has also noted at a re­cent press con­fer­ence that civil hos­pi­tals in Ar­me­nia refuse to is­sue med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates to con­scripts. In her opin­ion, this demon­strates the ex­is­tence of a spe­cial or­der from the au­thor­i­ties.

Sadikyan noted that the Vanad­zor of­fice re­ceived 59 ap­pli­ca­tions on vi­o­lat­ing the rights of con­scripts dur­ing the last con­scrip­tion cam­paigns, and 50 of them were as­so­ci­ated with health prob­lems.

“Dur­ing med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, if some­one’s med­i­cal his­tory has records about a mod­er­ate or ex­tremely se­vere ill­ness, they re­place the for­mu­la­tion with the word “in­signif­i­cant,” which al­ready al­lows a cer­tain level of fit­ness for ser­vice,” the hu­man rights ac­tivist noted.

Thus, con­script Usikyan’s wounds and limp means noth­ing to the mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties of Ar­me­nia, and, on the other hand, it is im­pos­si­ble to get a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate for re­lease from the army ser­vice. In this way, hun­dreds of Ar­me­nian draftees are an­nu­ally sent to mil­i­tary units, and many of them ul­ti­mately get a more se­vere ill­ness or even die there.

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