Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Talks with Indian Students at Yerevan State Medical University Break Down

Onnik over at Oneworld Multimedia has been doing a fantastic job in covering the problems the student body is facing at Yerevan State Medical University.

I am saddened to say that very few media outlets are covering this story and would guess this is the case as the rector Gohar Khalyan is the wife of the main owner of the H2 TV station and President Kocharian’s Head of Staff, Armen Gevorgyan, is also one of H2 majority shareholders. For this reason Mrs. Gohar probably believes that she does not have to answer to involuntary man slaughter charges, which is what I think she should be at very least charged with.

Out of fairness to humanity and with us all being informed with what is going on, it would be responsible to write to President Kocharian, encouraging him to do the right thing.

The following is my letter. I invite you to do the same.

From: "Ara Manoogian"
To: "President Robert Kocharian"
CC: "Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan", "Justice Minister Davit Harutyunyan", "National Assembly Speaker Artur Baghdasaryan", "Defense Minister Serge Sarkisyan", "Anti-Corruption strategy advisor Bagrat Yesayan"
Subject: Death at Yerevan State Medical University
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 21:23:52 +0500

Dear President Kocharian,

My name is Ara Manoogian. I am an Armenian-American who has been living the city of Martuni, NKR since 1998.

I am writing you in regards to the recent death of a medical student from India, Prashant Anchalia, as reported in The Statesman newspaper on Arpil 23, 2006 (see:

As a member of the Diaspora community who is interested in Armenia’s overall well being, I am bothered by the way our guests from India are being treated by Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU).

If Armenia is a free and fair country as your administration have been claiming it is to the Diaspora, it would be fitting that the justice prevails and those responsible for contributing to the untimely death of Prashant Anchalia are punished according to Armenia laws.

From what I have read, there have been some unfair deals with the Indian student body in regards to this matter by YSMU, which I’m sure you would agree is not acceptable. Such tactics only add insult to injury and make Armenia look to be less democratic than we claim it to be.

I ask on behalf of those concerned, that you intervene and make sure the criminal investigation, which the students were informed of on April 26th by the YSMU administration has been initiated, is conducted without error.

Also it would be advantageous that rector Gohar Khalyan be suspended from her duties until the conclusion of the investigation. This is a normal practice in most democratic countries.

Respectfully yours,

Ara Manoogian

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