Armenian Ambassador Addresses OSCE Permanent Council, Refers to Hrant Dink’s Murder

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Siranush Ghazanchyan

(ArmRadio) – The Head of the Armenian Mission to the OSCE, Ambassador Arman Kirakosyan referred to the 9th anniversary of assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink as he addressed the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on January 21.

Ambassador Kirakosyan said he shares the expectations of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović that the masterminds behind the murder will be brought to justice, which will demonstrate to the entire society the importance of freedom of expression.

He noted that “Armenia is consistent in its support for the freedom of the media and the security of human rights advocates.” “The persecution of journalists, community heads and human rights defenders in Turkey, the inability to react to the violence and assassinations create an atmosphere of impunity, thus encouraging intolerance against any idea contradicting the country’s official position,” the Ambassador added.

The Ambassador hailed the fact that a huge sector of the Turkish society went to the streets to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Hrant Dink’s death, urging punishment for all masterminds behind the murder.

Arman Kirakosyan also urged the Turkish authorities to properly address those calls.

“Armenia…is not here to argue against freedom of expression any more than Turkey is here to defend it. This Court knows very well how disgraceful Turkey’s record on free expression is. You’ve found against the Turkish Government on 224 separate cases on freedom of expression grounds. So although this case involves a Turkish citizen, Armenia has every interest in ensuring that its own citizens do not get caught in a net that criminalizes speech too broadly, and the family of Mr. Hrant Dink know that all too well.” – Amal Clooney, January 28, 2015; European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Learn more at: www.aaainc.org.