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Modern Armenia » Disgusting. New video allegedly shows bullying and violence in the Armenian army

 

  •    Disgusting. New video allegedly shows bullying and violence in the Armenian army   

    UPDATE 23 September 2010: Exposed online. First – denial. Now – confirmation. Sadistic officer in Armenia army arrested and faces up to 5 years in prison for abuse of soldiers.
    UPDATE 17 September 2010: Armenia MoD confirms that those depicted in army hazing video were identified and detained. More details to be provided.

    UPDATE 16 September 2010: Video was removed from Dailymotion too, but available elsewhere, e.g. on YouTube. It keeps getting removed and reappearing again. What is more important is that according to the media reports, the sadistic officer on the video was identified, and soon Armenian MoD will make a statement. MoD refused so far to confirm media reports. Will keep you posted on developments.

    UPDATE 12 September 2010: Video was removed from YouTube “due to terms of use violation”, but re-appeared on Dailymotion.
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    This video was put on YouTube today and started circulating on Facebook. It titled (AM) Բանակի իրական դեմքը (‘The real face of the army’) and allegedly shows bullying and physical violence in the Armenian army. No description for the video is provided, and it’s not known when and where this video was taken. I can only assume it was taken via mobile phone.

    Urgent investigation is needed to reveal the full details of this incident. What is depicted in this video is simply disgusting. This follows recent cases of “suicides” and non combat deaths in the Armenian army. Over the last couple of days there were more reports on “suicide” and non combat violence in the Armenian army.

    The Ministry of Defence of Armenia was quick today to respond to the video.

    Quote: “The Ministry of Defence of Armenia strongly condemns preparation and deliberate dissemination of such materials aimed at discrediting and diminishing the reputation of the armed forces of Armenia.”

    Basically, what this statement says is that the MoD considers this video material a fabrication. However, before making such statement, the MoD must carry out the investigation to reveal the full circumstances of the incident. And they pledged to do exactly that in the last paragraph of the statement.

    Quote: “The Ministry of Defence of Armenia has taken appropriate steps to clarify the authenticity of the video, identify those captured on the video, reveal the authors, punish those who used the violence.”

    What is the most important and key is to eradicate and fight the root cause of the problem. We all know very well, without the need of videos to prove, that bullying and hazing do exist and widespread in the armed forces and need urgent intervention. Emerging videos or reports simply highlight this disturbing reality and should be taken as a call for actions. Status quo is a violation of human rights of servicemen and consequently a real threat to the national security of Armenia.

    Tags: AM, Armenia, UPDATE

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