We are deeply saddened by the premature death of our dear friend and colleague, head of Armenian Helsinki Association Mikael Danielyan. Mikael was one of the most profound Armenian human rights professionals with his roots in Soviet decedent movement.

He was friend with the ‘old generation’ of the human rights defenders throughout post-soviet space from Belarus to Kazakhstan, and at the same time inspired dozens of young people both in Armenia and abroad. He was definitely a man of humanity, citizen of the world, a person without ethnic, religious or social prejudices who devoted his life to the protection of the most vulnerable, ensuring respect of rights and dignity for all people.

Above all said Mikael was colorful character, great music lover and person of a big heart. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.