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Observations on human rights

3 June 2013

The EU Advisory Group (EU AG), together with the Human Rights Defender of Armenia, organised a roundtable discussion on the Concluding Observations of the UN Human Rights Committee on 30 April 2013. The UN Human Rights Committee adopted the Concluding Observations in July 2012 on the second periodic report of Armenia on the implementation of International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.
The discussion was attended by Onno Simons, Head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Karen Andreasyan, Human Rights Defender of Armenia, representatives of state institutions, civil society and international organisations. Simons stressed in his welcoming speech that respect for human rights was one of the main priorities of the European Union and that it was clearly reflected in EU-Armenia relations: ‘The implementation of human rights norms at the national level is a long-term process and we all realise that. The follow-up to the observations and recommendations of international bodies is an important step. In this regard the EU and Armenia have annual dialogue on the state of human rights’.
The UN Human Rights Committee has urged Armenia to create the conditions necessary to ensure that the Human Rights Defender is fully and independently able to perform its mandate. The Committee also expressed concern about the lack of comprehensive legislation on discrimination, specific legislation on the equality of men and women, and legislation criminalising all forms of domestic violence. It also expressed concern about the increasing practice of sex-selective abortions. The Committee noted a lack of accountability among law-enforcement officers in cases of the exercise of an excessive use of force.

Simons urged the Government of Armenia to provide sufficient funds to the Ombudsman’s office, stressing that while international organizations can provide support, the overall sustainability of the Ombudsman depends on the national budget.

‘Today our office needs AMD 65 million a year to operate effectively. If we fill this shortage for 2014, all the problems brought up by the Committee can be considered and resolved,’ said Andreasyan.

The EU Advisory Group is an EU-funded project, which supports Armenia in the implementation of its reform agenda and seeks to help the country meet its international commitments. The Group provides the Armenian Presidency and other national authorities with tailored policy advice on legal democratic, economic and institutional issues. The EU AG to Armenia was set up in April 2009.

Observations on human rights

The EU Advisory Group (EU AG), together with the Human Rights Defender of Armenia, organised a roundtable discussion on the Concluding Observations of the UN Human Rights Committee on 30 April 2013. The UN Human Rights Committee adopted the Concluding Observations in July 2012 on the second periodic report of Armenia on the implementation of International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. The discussion was attended by Onno Simons, Head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Karen Andreasyan, Human Rights Defender of Armenia, representatives of state institutions, civil society and international organisations. Simons stressed in his welcoming speech that respect for human rights was one of the main priorities of the European Union and that it was clearly reflected in EU-Armenia relations: ‘The implementation of human rights norms at the national level is a long-term process and we all realise that. The follow-up to the observations and recommendations of international bodies is an important step. In this regard the EU and Armenia have annual dialogue on the state of human rights’. The UN Human Rights Committee has urged Armenia to create the conditions necessary to ensure that the Human Rights Defender is fully and independently able to perform its mandate. The Committee also expressed concern about the lack of comprehensive legislation on discrimination, specific legislation on the equality of men and women, and legislation criminalising all forms of domestic violence. It also expressed concern about the increasing practice of sex-selective abortions. The Committee noted a lack of accountability among law-enforcement officers in cases of the exercise of an excessive use of force. Simons urged the Government of Armenia to provide sufficient funds to the Ombudsman’s office, stressing that while international organizations can provide support, the overall sustainability of the Ombudsman depends on the national budget. ‘Today our office needs AMD 65 million a year to operate effectively. If we fill this shortage for 2014, all the problems brought up by the Committee can be considered and resolved,’ said Andreasyan. The EU Advisory Group is an EU-funded project, which supports Armenia in the implementation of its reform agenda and seeks to help the country meet its international commitments. The Group provides the Armenian Presidency and other national authorities with tailored policy advice on legal democratic, economic and institutional issues. The EU AG to Armenia was set up in April 2009.