by Ashot Safaryan
The European Court for Human Rights has begun examining the complaint lodged by Shnogh and Teghout Villagers vs. Armenia, according to the official website of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office. Under this source, on 18 March 2014 the European Court for Human Rights addressed questions to the Armenian Government based on the complaints lodged by Teghut and Shnogh villagers, Lori Region, - Rusayel, Zhenik, Shaghak and V. Mashinyans, L. Ramazyan, L. Alikhanyan, R. Meliqsetyan, A. Alikhanyan etc.
The land lots of the villagers were recognized as public areas by the government and were alienated in favor of Teghout CJSC. The residents have been proposed very low compensation for their land areas. The lawyer Karen Tumanyan with the support of the Open Society Institute Armenia and the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office protects the rights of the villagers.