2011: Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan

January 7., 2011

His Excellency Serzh Sargsyan
Office of the President
Marshal Bagharmaina St 26
375077 Yerevan

Gevorg Danielyan
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia
41/a Halabyan street,
Yerevan 0079

Your excellencies

Jailed Newspaper Editor Reportedly Beaten and Placed in Solitary Confinement

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International is deeply concerned by reports that Nikol Pashinyan, jailed opposition politician and editor of the newspaper Haykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Times), was beaten whilst in prison and placed in solitary detention. The WiPC calls on the Armenian authorities to fully investigate the assault allegations. Pashinyan is serving a four year prison term for alleged involvement in violent demonstrations, charges that some believe to be unfounded.

Yours sincerely

Annaguli Yildam,
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC