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ACTION ALERT: Demand for the Prosecution of Yanis Sarkisov and His Mother for the Murder of Zaruhi Petrosyan ! PLEASE SIGN P

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Zaruhi Petrosyan, a 20 year old wife and mother, was tortured and murdered by her husband and his mother. By signing this petition you are urging officials to prosecute Yanis Sarkisov and his mother for the murder of this young woman.

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Tamila mendoza (177)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:13 am
Why wouldn't they both be prosecuted?

Carol H (229)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:14 am
signed and noted, thanks Simone

Erin R (181)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:20 am
Noted & signed!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:22 am
In an attempt to get more information about this, I found the following video:
Husband beat wife to death (English subtitles)
Horribly sad!

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:23 am
Thank you Simone for caring enough about this young lady to post this article and have a petition too. I have signed, but I am only #4 ~ We need many more signatures on this one, for this is not right too torture and kill such a young person and a mom to boot ! We want JUSTICE NOW !
I will forward this. My thanks to Sioux for the forward. Please sign all of you that believe this is wrong, ty.
You Rock, Simone !

In peace,

Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:35 am
Tamila if you read the petition you'll learn there are NO domestic violence laws in Armenia!!!
Think about it!

#8 Sioux D. Australia

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Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:39 am
checked signatures i'm # 9.... disgusting!


Krasimira B (175)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:00 pm
Very sad story. Signed and noted, thank you Simone.

Linda G (187)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:05 pm
Well, we're up to #14. Noted and signed with deep sadness.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:35 pm
I signed but I am not sure what good my signature will do in a Country that has no laws to protect women. But as I have always said, to do nothing is to be part of the problem. These women need to band together and try to get these laws on the books within their Country, perhaps this woman's case will be the catalyst for it to come about.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:36 pm
Noted and signed thank you Simone.

Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:56 pm
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Cindy B (61)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 1:44 pm
I signed, and would like to sign another 100 times! Just despicable. Thank you so much for caring, and for forwarding this to me, Simone and Souix. Dandelion is right, though; it may not do much good but we can only hope and try.

Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 1:53 pm
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Hannah H (98)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
Noted & signed!

Marta B (45)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 5:10 pm
Signed. Thanks

Charlie L (47)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:00 pm
Noted, thank you Simone and Sioux D. Like Dandelion, I signed but am doubtful about how much good it will do as long as Armenians themselves are not doing anything about it. Still, if Armenian women become aware that there are people all over the world who care about these atrocities and will support them in whatever way possible maybe it will give them the encouragement they need to fight for better laws in their country.

Kim O (396)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:09 pm
#63 Signing in!! Thanks Simone and to Sioux for the forward! Aussie gals rock!

Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:15 pm
Canadian gals rock heaps!!! : )
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Nairy K. (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:15 pm
I'm not quite sure who Simone is. But, an Armenian did actually start this Petition Charlie. I started it. Thank you all for signing.

James W (257)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:17 pm
signed # 65 noted

Animae C (514)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:20 pm
Nairy K.

Simone is the Angel who picks up petitions like this one you started, promotes them & gets heaps more signatures!

Nairy K. (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:33 pm
Well then THANK YOU SIMONE! That's great to hear. The support is very heartwarming. This will make a difference.

Beverly L (72)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 7:53 pm
Noted and signed ~ thank you Simone!

Donna B (39)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 8:29 pm

Henry P (171)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 9:55 pm
Noted and Signed

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 9:56 pm

moggy w (119)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 10:15 pm
sifgned. why wouldn't they both be prosecuted? It sounds pretty cut and dried,

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:19 pm
Signed. Thank you for posting.

Fran F (118)
Friday December 10, 2010, 1:01 am
Signed, with sadness. I hope Armenia will work toward laws against domestic violence. Thanks, Simone

Agnes H (144)
Friday December 10, 2010, 3:00 am
Signed, noted and forwarded Simone and thank you to Sioux for sending this on to me!

patricia lasek (317)
Friday December 10, 2010, 6:43 am
signed #142

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday December 10, 2010, 6:54 am
#143 signed, TY Simone.

Michela M (3964)
Friday December 10, 2010, 7:07 am
Michela, You signed on December 9, 2010.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday December 10, 2010, 9:05 am
I, too, looked for more info before seeing that Carole had found a video. So I happened upon what turns out to be the same video, but not on YouTube, on a site called Global Voices, where it is accompanied by an article ( which contains links that I am not reproducing in the text below (just go to the address if you're interested):

"The issue of domestic violence in Armenia is well known, albeit rarely spoken about openly. However, a video interview with the family of a young woman who died of injuries sustained after being beaten by her husband and his mother has shocked and angered many. ...

Unzipped also comments on the case and especially inaction from the authorities and law enforcement agencies.

I remember when relatively recently the Women's Resource Centre wanted to put posters in Yerevan to highlight the problem of domestic violence and indicate hotline for those affected to call, the Yerevan municipality refused to allow it by claiming there is no such problem in Armenia. Typical mentality. Let's pretend that we do not have such problem, let's not talk about it, otherwise it may affect our image… Instead of facing up the problem and developing effective means to tackle it. In the meantime, cases […] keep happening…

The Armenian Observer also takes the same approach and urges readers to sign an online petition to urge the passage of legislation to tackle the problem of domestic violence in Armenia.

What I find strikingly typical in this story, is that Zaruhi Petrosian, the victim, told the doctors she ‘fell’. It is considered a shame in the Armenian society to voice about shameful things in the family. This also translates to other issues in the society – take corruption, election fraud or hazing in the Army. […]

Writing on the Amnesty USA blog, Global Voices author Simon Maghakyan expresses his anger and also urges readers to sign the petition he was responsible for setting up.

What makes me angrier is Armenian government’s inaction on domestic violence even after international uproar a few years ago. In November 2008, Amnesty International issued a report on domestic abuse in Armenia stating that more than a quarter of women in Armenia have faced physical violence at the hands of husbands or other family members. Many of these women have little choice but to remain in abusive situations as reporting violence is strongly stigmatized in Armenian society.


Please join me in signing the petition to Armenia’s prime minister demanding that his government guarantee justice in the death of Zaruhi by investigating all possible guilty parties (not just the husband but also his brother and mother); investigating allegations of local law enforcement’s prior knowledge of Zaruhi’s continuous abuse; and expediting the passage of domestic violence legislation.

Meanwhile, on a related note, Le Retour (in 3 Parts) also comments on the case, but adds criticism of government attempts to stage a beauty contest which would arguably perpetuate the existing patriarchal society in place.

[…] we wonder why gender stereotypes prevail in our country and why women continue to be abused at the hands of men. When notions of “man” and “woman” get defined and confirmed by government officials, why are we surprised when violence — physical, emotional, financial — prevails in society?

When are we going to say enough is enough?

The petition can be signed here."

The linked-to petition is on C2, but is closed; there is a message from Sponsor Simon Maghakyan
that the petition was delivered to the Target, Mr. Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

signatures: 3,195
signature goal: 2,500

Past Member (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:32 am
n+s. TY S.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 11:40 am
More Armenian homicide! Signed and noted.

Peggy A (109)
Friday December 10, 2010, 12:52 pm
Noted and signed

Nairy K. (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 1:04 pm
The previous petition was delivered soon after the crime. This petition is to ensure that prosecutors follow through on these charges AND also arrest Yanis Sarkisov's mother who is stil free. We must spotlight this case until justice is served. Thank you all for signing. Please share with others.


Angelika R (143)
Friday December 10, 2010, 1:26 pm
It's picking up, I signed as # 183. My special thanks go to Nairy, Simone, Jill /Peasant D. and Carole. Obviously there are horrible conditions in Armenia and such family clans in power are usually a clear sign for corruption &co. Let's hope that this will lead to some success and let's all hope for better in Armenia!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday December 10, 2010, 5:32 pm
Noted signed added to myspace, FB & twitters.
She was just a baby herself and I'm so mad.

Twenty-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan became one of the latest victims of domestic violence in Armenia when she was viciously beaten to death by her husband and mother-in-law, says the victim’s sister, Hasmig.

In an interview with, Hasmig recounted a horrific story of abuse that her late sister, mother to an infant girl, suffered, and the impotence and unwillingness of the police to act when faced with cases of domestic violence.

Zaruhi’s relatives insist that by the time she was transported to a hospital, she had been severely beaten for days in a row.

“The neighbors have stated [to the Masis police] that on the day of my sister’s death, they entered the apartment and witnessed how they [the husband and the mother-in-law]… had broken her knees and fingers, crushed her skull, and stuffed cloth in her mouth, to stop the bleeding. Then, one of the neighbors told their son to call the cops. When her mother-in-law and husband realized that the cops would be on their way, in her beaten state, they threw [Zaruhi] down the stairs, pulled her body back into the house, so that they could tell the cops that she fell down the stairs and crushed her bones,” said Hasmig.

The sister believes that Yanis Sarkisov, her sister’s husband, broke Zaruhi’s fingers after she tried to dial for help.


Ness F (211)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:39 pm
To ALL the gorgeous women whom fwd'd this to me THANK YOU!!!
To all whom signed this VITAL petition THANK YOU!!!
My sentiments exactly Dandelion and Charlie ..WE NEED to yell and scream about this....we must be simply state THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE that they NEED TO BE/ MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!
Nairy, Simone, Thank YOU!!!

Darlene W (63)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 2:52 am
Signed, noted, thanks Nairy and Simone, and all others above

Nairy K. (0)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 12:03 pm
Thank you all. Please forward this link. :)
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