The head of OSCE's Yerevan Office, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin has expressed concern about violence against civilian activists in Armenia, News Armenia reported citing the Office's press-service.
'I am concerned about the possible violation of rights to peaceful assembly during protest actions in Yerevan and unreasonable pressure on demonstrators', Sorokin's published statement said.
The head of OSCE's Yerevan Office recalled cases of pressure and physical violence which took place on September 5 against civilian activists.
According to a media outlet, the activists were beaten by unknown people in one of the central streets of the Armenian capital.
"Besides the injuries inflicted on these people, similar incidents can also have a negative impact on civic engagement and social atmosphere," Sorokin noted.
The head of the Yerevan Office stressed the importance of conducting an investigation at a required level and called on the law enforcement bodies to take urgent steps in this direction.
"Timely implementation of justice and detection of criminals will help to keep the public trust in state structures, promoting engagement and constructivism of civil society," he noted.