After holding the post of Human Rights Defender for 6 years, Arman Tatoyan is leaving. The 4th Ombudsman of Armenia is still the only one who held the post until the end of his term. At the final press conference, Tatoyan emphasized that after taking office on February 23, 2016, the quality of the Ombudsman's work was improved.
Arman Tatoyan (Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia) - The Law on the Human Rights Defender of Armenia is one of the best in the world. This is accepted by various organizations around the world. I say it openly, that is true. The guarantees are of a high level, we have guarantees, and the world does not have them. We present this as a showcase in many international reports. These are facts.
Arman Tatoyan remembers all the special episodes during his tenure: the April war, the capture of the Police Regiment, the coronavirus pandemic, he also refers to the 44-day war. He notes that it was the result of the Azerbaijani Government's hatred towards Armenians.
Arman Tatoyan - This is the policy of Azerbaijani hostility and hatred. And it is not just rhetoric, it is a policy that has been implemented for years - education, science, culture, sports, in all areas. This is also a source of domestic political life for the Azerbaijani authorities.
Responding to the statement made by the member of the Parliaments from the ruling party of Azerbaijan in Yerevan that the Karabakh conflict is over and the captives are returned, Tatoyan stressed that Azerbaijan keeps the Armenian captives for political and military trade.
Arman Tatoyan - The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not over. This is important for fixing that they are prisoners. Yes, they are captives by status, and they are kept for political intentions.
The Human Rights Defender decided not to enter politics after the end of his term. He received such proposals during the snap parliamentary elections, but rejected them. He will be engaged in public activities.
Arman Tatoyan - Especially in connection with Azerbaijani violations. We will continue to expose their violations, war crimes.
Arman Tatoyan's wish to the newly elected Human Rights Defender Kristine Grigoryan - only good luck.
The Parliament elected Kristine Grigoryan Human Rights Defender on January 24, unanimously with 68 votes in favor.