Wrongful Eviction: Human Rights court rules in favor of Buzand residents

Under the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, the Government of Armenia must within three months compensate those families whose right to property has been violated, when in 2004-2005 they were evicted from their houses to build Northern Avenue in central Yerevan.

By the Court’s decision, the Government of Armenia must provide three families – former residents of 25 Buzand Street – with apartments in the new buildings constructed in the place of their destroyed houses. Besides, two families, formerly residing in 14 Buzand and 35 Pushkin streets are to be paid $58,500 and $76,000 respectively.

In 2000, according to a new urban development program presented by then President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, Northern Avenue construction began. As a result many families were deprived of their right to property, and without getting an equivalent compensation, were evicted from their houses. Many residents of Yerevan, formerly living in the place of the present Northern Avenue, appealed to the European Court in 2005, after all the domestic judicial processes had ruled in favor of the government.

The European Court has made a decision on eight families evicted from the center of Yerevan, and the compensation funds, which must be allotted from the State Budget of Armenia, is more than $500,000. Now the European Court of Human Rights is examining an additional 10 applications.

Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Advocates Nikolay Baghdasaryan told ArmeniaNow that because the families were not initially properly compensated by the construction companies, the resulting fine has to be paid from Armenia’s budget.