ArmenPress
March 31 2004

POLICE OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO BEATING HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

YEREVAN, MARCH 31, ARMENPRESS: Armenian authorities have started
an investigation into an incident involving a representative of a
leading human rights organization, Mikael Danielian, who was beaten
by assailants on Tuesday. Mikael Danielyan, the chairman of the
Armenian Helsinki Association, was attacked by four assailants who
cornered him in an alley near his home.
Danielyan was knocked to the ground and beaten, which left him
hospitalized with injuries and a concussion.
According to his wife, Anna Hakobian, the chairwoman of Armenian
P.E.N, his life is out of danger. She claimed that her husband was
beaten for his criticism of the authorities human rights record. The
attack was condemned by several Armenian organizations.