ArmInfo.Yezidi Center for Human Rights issued a statement in connection with the situation in the Yezidi village of Ferik, Armavir region.
The statement said that yesterday the police tried to open roads leading to the pastures of the Yezidi village of Ferik, which the villagers have been keeping closed for several months in order to stop the attempts to exploit the Yezidi lands illegally, from their point of view.
The report explains that the land was illegally sold by the former village head Norik Hayrapetyan to the relatives of General Manvel Grigoryan Zarzand and Hrant Grigoryan, and after the "velvet revolution" they were already sold to a certain Lebanese businessman of Armenian descent, who today demands that the police open the road leading to pastures Yezidi village.
Residents of the village are worried about the development of events, since these agricultural lands are the only means of living for the Yezidi village, and if the seizure of the Yezidi lands continues, they will be forced to leave the village and emigrate from the country.
The Yezidi Human Rights Center calls on residents of the Ferik community to continue peaceful, non- violent protests in order to prevent the Yezidi village from losing its only source of employment - agriculture, and to respect the law and not give in to provocations.
The Yezidi Center for Human Rights also calls on the investigating authorities and the human rights defender to ensure a transparent, full-fledged investigation and identify the entire circle of perpetrators.
The Yezidi Center also calls on the RA National Assembly to show political will to solve the problem and to develop mechanisms that in such situations will provide a quick and fair solution to the problem.