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Human rights monitoring

29 July 2013

The Human Rights Interagency Commission presented information on the implementation of the provisions of the Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan with the support of the EU Advisory Group (EU AG) on 9 July 2013. The aim of the Commission, established by a Decree of the President of Armenia in February 2013, is to improve the human rights situation in Armenia.
The event’s goal was to show the Commission’s vision, and to provide information on the objectives of human rights monitoring. The presentation was attended by the Secretary of National Security Service, Arthur Baghdasaryan, the Human Rights Defender, Karen Andreasyan, the Head of the EU Delegation of Armenia, Traian Hristea, and many others.

Hristea noted that the EU had held annual dialogue on human rights with Armenia and the other countries in addition to substantially assisting with projects: ‘The approval of the long-awaited Human Rights Strategy in October last year was an important development for Armenia. Together with the Human Rights Action Plan, which is yet to be finalized, this will be the guiding policy document for this country for compliance with its human rights commitments’.

Hristea welcomed the establishment of the Human Rights Interagency Commission which, in the future, should carry out regular monitoring of activities and compare results with those of the monitoring conducted by the Human Rights Defender’s Office.

The main objectives of the Commission are to establish effective state mechanisms for human rights protection, to ensure favourable conditions for their implementation, to ensure assistance to state agencies and civil society on human rights protection issues, and to coordinate the actions of all institutions involved.

Baghdasaryan stated that there was the political will in Armenia to improve the quality of human rights defence: ‘In order to improve the quality of human rights protection, Armenia needs institutional instruments. In the EU-Armenia package we have lots of legislative amendments, including those related to human rights. The establishment of the Commission with this format will give us an opportunity to bring human rights defence to a completely new level’.

Human rights monitoring

The Human Rights Interagency Commission presented information on the implementation of the provisions of the Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan with the support of the EU Advisory Group (EU AG) on 9 July 2013. The aim of the Commission, established by a Decree of the President of Armenia in February 2013, is to improve the human rights situation in Armenia. The event’s goal was to show the Commission’s vision, and to provide information on the objectives of human rights monitoring. The presentation was attended by the Secretary of National Security Service, Arthur Baghdasaryan, the Human Rights Defender, Karen Andreasyan, the Head of the EU Delegation of Armenia, Traian Hristea, and many others. Hristea noted that the EU had held annual dialogue on human rights with Armenia and the other countries in addition to substantially assisting with projects: ‘The approval of the long-awaited Human Rights Strategy in October last year was an important development for Armenia. Together with the Human Rights Action Plan, which is yet to be finalized, this will be the guiding policy document for this country for compliance with its human rights commitments’. Hristea welcomed the establishment of the Human Rights Interagency Commission which, in the future, should carry out regular monitoring of activities and compare results with those of the monitoring conducted by the Human Rights Defender’s Office. The main objectives of the Commission are to establish effective state mechanisms for human rights protection, to ensure favourable conditions for their implementation, to ensure assistance to state agencies and civil society on human rights protection issues, and to coordinate the actions of all institutions involved. Baghdasaryan stated that there was the political will in Armenia to improve the quality of human rights defence: ‘In order to improve the quality of human rights protection, Armenia needs institutional instruments. In the EU-Armenia package we have lots of legislative amendments, including those related to human rights. The establishment of the Commission with this format will give us an opportunity to bring human rights defence to a completely new level’.