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Opening of the Human Rights Defender’s Regional Office in Lori

7 June 2012
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With EU support, the Human Rights Defender (HRD) is becoming more accessible to the population in the regions. The official opening of the HRD regional office in Lori, one of six overall regional offices, took place on 6 June in Vanadzor.
The event was attended by Human rights defender Karen Andreasyan, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, the Head of OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, as well as Lori residents and organisations.
‘I’m glad that, through the financial assistance of the European Union and support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, today there are six Human rights Defender regional offices in Armenia. However, I hope that in future the regional offices will also get financial support from our state’, stated Andreasyan in his opening speech.
HRD regional offices are also operating in five other regional centres in Armenia: Gavar, Ijevan, Gyumri, Kapan and Yeghegnadzor. The offices are equipped with appropriate modern technology, as well as vehicles, so that, in the case of human rights violations, the offices can act as quickly as possible.

The results of two months’ activity of these regional offices indicate that, during that period, inhabitants of remote regions were able to notify HRD staff about rights violation, without having to travel to the capital, particularly during the parliamentary elections.

‘Along with safeguarding human rights during the election periods, the six regional offices are expected to become the human rights “front desks” for the Ombudsman’s national office,” said Ambassador Traian Hristea.

These regional offices are operating within the framework of the “Support to Two Electoral Cycles in Armenia” project, financed by the European Union with 1.7 million Euro and implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan.

Opening of the Human Rights Defender’s Regional Office in Lori

With EU support, the Human Rights Defender (HRD) is becoming more accessible to the population in the regions. The official opening of the HRD regional office in Lori, one of six overall regional offices, took place on 6 June in Vanadzor. The event was attended by Human rights defender Karen Andreasyan, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, the Head of OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, as well as Lori residents and organisations. ‘I'm glad that, through the financial assistance of the European Union and support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, today there are six Human rights Defender regional offices in Armenia. However, I hope that in future the regional offices will also get financial support from our state’, stated Andreasyan in his opening speech. HRD regional offices are also operating in five other regional centres in Armenia: Gavar, Ijevan, Gyumri, Kapan and Yeghegnadzor. The offices are equipped with appropriate modern technology, as well as vehicles, so that, in the case of human rights violations, the offices can act as quickly as possible. The results of two months’ activity of these regional offices indicate that, during that period, inhabitants of remote regions were able to notify HRD staff about rights violation, without having to travel to the capital, particularly during the parliamentary elections. ‘Along with safeguarding human rights during the election periods, the six regional offices are expected to become the human rights “front desks” for the Ombudsman's national office,” said Ambassador Traian Hristea. These regional offices are operating within the framework of the "Support to Two Electoral Cycles in Armenia" project, financed by the European Union with 1.7 million Euro and implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan. [gallery link="file"]