We, the undersigned, are outraged by the death of Zaruhi Petrosyan, a victim of domestic abuse. Your government must guarantee justice in the death of Zaruhi by investigating all possible guilty parties (not just the husband but also his brother and mother); investigate allegations of local law enforcement's prior knowledge of Zaruhi's continuous abuse; and expedite passing of domestic violence legislation.
In November 2008, Amnesty International issued a report on domestic abuse in Armenia stating that thousands of women in Armenia are regularly subjected to violence within their families. Your government promptly promised to pass domestic violence legislation, but did not deliver that pledge.
On September 30, 2010, Zaruhi Petrosyan, a 20-year-old mother of one was taken to a hospital for cranial brain hemorrhages, a broken finger, and bruises in different parts of her body. After saying her injuries were from a fall, Zaruhi died in Erebuni hospital. Zaruhi%u2019s sister says the young mother was subjected to continuous domestic abuse since her marriage in 2008. Law enforcement allegedly knew of the abuse. According to media reports, Armenian police have arrested Zaruhi's husband Yanis Sargisov. But, according to Zaruhi's sister, Yanis Sargisov's mother has also continuously beaten Zaruhi.
We urge you to guarantee justice in the death of Zaruhi by prosecuting all guilty parties and investigating allegations of local law enforcement's prior knowledge of Zaruhi's continuous abuse. Most importantly, your government must pass domestic violence legislation as soon as possible.
Thanks to you, Armenia%u2019s Prime Minister has received a petition signed by over 3,000 individuals calling for justice in the death of Zaruhi Petrosyan %u2013 a fair prosecution of her abusers and expedited passage of domestic violence punishment and prevention legislation.
The email to the Prime Minister%u2019s office consists of a two-page introductory letter (in Armenian) to the petition, the petition results (a .pdf document with your signatures and comments mostly in English), and the draft law on domestic violence (in Armenian) that was submitted to the government earlier.
Many of you signed the letter because of your justified anger over Zaruhi%u2019s brutal murder. Hopefully, you will continue fighting domestic violence in Armenia and everywhere around the world. To stay informed about developments on our petition and future action on domestic violence in Armenia, you may check my website at www.blogian.net or email me at email@example.com.
Finally, I%u2019d like to thank key individuals and organizations who helped with the petition, including Susanna Vardanyan, president of Women%u2019s Rights Center in Armenia, for her guidance and support; Hasmig Tatiossian for co-managing the signatures and organizing the %u201CZaruhi Petrosyan is my daughter%u201D Facebook campaign; Adrine Akopyan for creating the %u201CPlease Sign the Petition for Zaruhi and Other Victims%u201D Facebook event; and bloggers and journalists for covering the petition in their reports and posts (including at http://medialab.am/?p=1252, http://www.tert.am/am/news/2010/10/20/violence/, http://www.panorama.am/am/society/2010/10/20/s-vardanyan/, http://www.armenianweekly.com/2010/10/10/domestic-abuse/, http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/10/11/armenia-domestic-violence-claims-a-life/, http://ditord.com/2010/10/11/armenia-tradition-of-covering-up-domestic-violence/, etc.).
Again, thank you for taking the time to sign the petition.
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