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EU support to Human Rights in Armenia

25 December 2010

EU support to Human Rights in Armenia“Human rights are at the centre of the EU’s external action and the work of the newly established European External Action Service. We defend and promote human rights in all aspects of our work”, said Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on 10 December, when the world celebrates Human Rights Day.
The EU and Armenia are engaged in an official dialogue on human rights. On 7 December 2010, the second round of the EU-Armenia Human Rights Dialogue was held in Brussels. It included discussions on the national human rights legislation, the judicial system, freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression and the media, elections, freedom of religion, the rights of prisoners and the fight against torture and the cooperation between Armenia and EU in international organisations.
Apart from bilateral dialogue, the EU provides support to human rights defenders as a key element of the EU human rights policy in its external action. EU diplomatic missions organise annual meetings with human rights defenders, and can provide support to national institutions that protect human rights. One important example in Armenia is the support that the EU has provided to the Office of the Human Rights Defender. This has been done through different assistance tools including a Twinning project and the EU Advisory Group. The HRD office also benefits from an action on effective protection of human rights through the HRD’s Institute as a National Preventive Mechanism in accordance with the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).  The general objective is to promote the role of the office as the National Preventive Mechanism on torture both at national and international levels.

The EU actively supports Armenia’s reforms in the field of human rights and democratisation through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). This instrument aims at promoting democracy and the rule of law as well as at development and consolidation of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In addition to significant funds committed for EIDHR global calls for proposals, the EU allocates around € 600,000 per year specifically to Armenia within the Country Based Support Scheme.

On 25 November ten new EIDHR projects on democracy and human rights were signed with civil society organisations in Armenia. They will be implemented by local NGOs and will concentrate on reforms related to issues including child labour, rights of people with disabilities, women empowerment, domestic violence, healthcare awareness, independence of the judiciary, criminal justice, and strengthening trade unions.

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EU support to Human Rights in Armenia

EU support to Human Rights in Armenia“Human rights are at the centre of the EU’s external action and the work of the newly established European External Action Service. We defend and promote human rights in all aspects of our work”, said Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on 10 December, when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The EU and Armenia are engaged in an official dialogue on human rights. On 7 December 2010, the second round of the EU-Armenia Human Rights Dialogue was held in Brussels. It included discussions on the national human rights legislation, the judicial system, freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression and the media, elections, freedom of religion, the rights of prisoners and the fight against torture and the cooperation between Armenia and EU in international organisations. Apart from bilateral dialogue, the EU provides support to human rights defenders as a key element of the EU human rights policy in its external action. EU diplomatic missions organise annual meetings with human rights defenders, and can provide support to national institutions that protect human rights. One important example in Armenia is the support that the EU has provided to the Office of the Human Rights Defender. This has been done through different assistance tools including a Twinning project and the EU Advisory Group. The HRD office also benefits from an action on effective protection of human rights through the HRD's Institute as a National Preventive Mechanism in accordance with the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).  The general objective is to promote the role of the office as the National Preventive Mechanism on torture both at national and international levels. The EU actively supports Armenia’s reforms in the field of human rights and democratisation through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). This instrument aims at promoting democracy and the rule of law as well as at development and consolidation of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In addition to significant funds committed for EIDHR global calls for proposals, the EU allocates around € 600,000 per year specifically to Armenia within the Country Based Support Scheme. On 25 November ten new EIDHR projects on democracy and human rights were signed with civil society organisations in Armenia. They will be implemented by local NGOs and will concentrate on reforms related to issues including child labour, rights of people with disabilities, women empowerment, domestic violence, healthcare awareness, independence of the judiciary, criminal justice, and strengthening trade unions. http://ec.europa.eu/delegations/armenia/press_corner/all_news/news/2010/20101125_01_en.htm