Practice Relating to Rule 132. Return of Displaced Persons
Section A. Conditions for return
Armenia’s Law on Refugees and Asylum (2008) states:
The principle of voluntariness must be respected by all competent bodies dealing with asylum and refugee issues, and this means that an asylum seeker or refugee:
(1) is informed of the situation of the country of his/her nationality or former habitual residence and is able to make a conscious decision on his/her return;
(2) has made a free choice to return to the country of his/her nationality or former habitual residence or to stay in the territory of the Republic of Armenia, before a final decision on his/her asylum claim is made or before cessation of recognition … [as] a refugee.
The Law defines a refugee as:
a foreign national who is compelled to leave the country of his/her nationality, or, in case of a stateless person, the country of his/her former habitual residence due to generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violations of human rights, or other serious events disrupting public order.