ArmInfo. Armenia will introduce criminal liability for violation of the rights of parents and children. Amendments to the RA Criminal Code, which will be submitted to the country's parliament in the prescribed manner, were approved at a meeting of the Government of the Republic on February 13.
According to the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Zaruhi Batoyan, the purpose of the presented document is to protect the parents and children, and also to ensure the rights of children to live in their families. The draft law provides for criminal liability against persons who impede the realization of the rights of parents, force them to renounce their parental rights, abuse their trust, and apply various forms of threats and beliefs. In this case, penalties in the amount of 200-500 times the minimum wage, or a three-month detention period, or imprisonment for up to 4 years are envisaged. Particularly serious criminal liability will be applied to doctors who will face two to five years in prison with the deprivation of the right to work in the field for three years. When organizing criminal acts against children and their parents by an organized group of persons, imprisonment from four to eight years is provided.
Batoyan also noted that the presented document is fully consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was ratified by the Armenian parliament.
Recall that in the framework of the criminal case on the unlawful removal of newborn children from their parents, by preliminary agreement between a group of persons and their adoption by foreign citizens, 5 people are accused. Among them are the director of the Republican Institute of Reproductive Health, Perinatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology Razmik Abrahamyan, the deputy director Arshak Jerjeryan and the head of Yerevan "Orphanage" Liana Karapetyan.
In the case of Razmik Abrahamyan and Arshak Jerjeryan, the prosecutor's petition for changing the preventive measure for arrest was rejected, and Diana Karapetyan was granted.
As previously reported, law enforcement officers obtained evidence that two citizens of the Republic of Armenia, using their contacts in one of the republican obstetric institutions, in a number of departments of the Republic of Armenia, as well as in orphanages, with a gross violation of the legislation of Armenia, organized the process of adoption of more than three dozen Armenian children by citizens Italy. To this end, a number of obstetric institution employees and other employees endowed with managerial powers, by prior conspiracy, intentionally, and for personal gain, from 2016 to 2018, forced them to abandon the children and against their will give consent to adopt more than one dozen women who applied to the specified maternity hospital. Having written documents on abandonment of children, most babies with appropriate medical diagnoses were sent to orphanages. A criminal case has been instituted; investigation is underway.