June 10, 2021 – 13:03 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Freedom House is concerned with the disturbing outbreak of violent and hateful rhetoric used by Armenian politicians in this election period, the organization said on Wednesday, June 9.
“These actions drive destructive polarization and hate speech in society as the country recovers from the Nagorno-Karabakh War and prepares for historic parliamentary elections,” Freedom House said.
“We call on all parties to refrain from such rhetoric and adhere to democratic norms of conduct throughout the election period.”
The statement from Freedom House came on the heels of a similar call from the Armenian Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan, who urged political parties and blocs running in elections against deepening the polarization among the society and undermining the prospects of restoring solidarity in the country.
Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on March 18 that Armenia will hold snap parliamentary elections on June 20. The PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh almost 45 days after the start of the military hostilities. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.