On the morning of Friday, December 9, 2011, Nareg Hartounian, founder of the Naregatsi Art Institute in Yerevan and Shushi was arrested on trumped up charges of tax evasion. Within the course of a day, he was indicted, tried and found guilty without proper due process. Authorities in the Armenian government are attempting to extort Nareg and his family of properties and money by the use of fear and unjust incarceration. For anyone that knows Nareg personally or knows of the incredibly selfless and important work he does in Armenia and Artsakh supporting the arts, as well as children and the disabled, it is easy to understand why this act by Armenian authorities is especially despicable.
Please sign this petition and help us set Nareg free again to continue his great work. We cannot afford to lose men and women like him. They are the people who keep our country and our world moving forward. We are also running petitions at the Naregatsi Art Institute. If you are in Yerevan, please visit and show your support. Thank You!
Address: Vardanants 16/1, Yerevan, Armenia