301 recently sat down with human rights attorney and chief counsel for Armenian prisoners of war and their families at the European Court of Human Rights, Siranush Sahakyan. During the interview, Sahakyan was able to provide an update regarding the legal efforts of her and her team for the Armenian POWs and also presented the latest information on the number of POWs still held captive, released, and missing. Here’s the full interview.
Siranush Sahakyan serves as the president of the Yerevan’s International Comparative Law Center (ICLaw), and is the co-founder of Path of Law NGO. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia where she also serves as the coordinator of the master’s program in Human Rights and Social Justice.
Through her work with the ICLaw, she has been working in partnership with the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights on gathering evidence, witness testimony, preparing legal dossiers to file with the ECHR, as well as other international bodies responsible for such cases, on behalf of the families of prisoners of war and those identified as missing in action.
Sahakyan is visiting the Greater Los Angeles Area at the invitation of the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights (ALC), the Armenian Bar Association (ABA), and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States of America (ARF-WUSA) Central Committee. During her visit, she was able to provide a public briefing on the status of Armenian POWs at the Beshir Mardirossian Youth Center in Burbank on September 10 and also participated in a fundraiser to support the legal efforts for the release of Armenian prisoners of war.