The citizen requested the
assistance of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia for the purpose of
terminating the criminal prosecution against their son, for registering him in
the reserves, and for receiving a military identity card and an Identity Card.
The applicant informed
that their son had been living abroad permanently, had returned to Armenia in
2007 and had been included in the military registration. In 2008, the son
suffered serious health issues and was receiving treatment abroad.
The citizen noted that
the temporary residence card given to their son was going to be expired, as a
result of which their son was not going to be able to remain there and receive
treatment. To extend the term of the temporary residence, the son should have a
valid (not expired) Identity Card; he had applied to the embassy of Armenia in
that country in order to receive an Identity Card, but was refused on the
grounds that he did not have a military identity card.
The citizen had applied
to the Ministry of Defense, which demanded a document demonstrating that their
son cannot be transferred to Armenia due to his health situation- the citizen
presented the necessary documents. Afterwards, the citizen was informed that as
their son was over 27 years old, he cannot be examined by the Central Medical
Commission, be registered in the reserves and receive a military identity card.
Moreover, the citizen was informed that a criminal persecution was initiated
against their son for evading conscription.
A study of the documents
submitted by the citizen to the Office of the Human Rights Defender revealed
that transferring their son to another country could seriously worsen his
During the analysis of
the complaint, the Office of the Defender suggested to the Prosecutor’s Office
to conduct a medical examination in absentia. As a result, the required
examination was appointed and conducted. During the process, the Office of the
Human Rights Defender conducted discussion with Military Prosecutor’s Office,
the General Department of Military Investigation, Scientific-Practical Center
of Forensic Medicine, and the Central Military-Medical commission of the
Ministry of Defense.
As a result of the steps
undertaken and the cooperation with the competent state bodies, the criminal
prosecution against the son was terminated, he was registered in the reserves,
and the obstacles for receiving a military identity card and an Identity Card were