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Support to the Human Rights Defender’s Office

3 October 2011
Karen-Andreasyan

Karen Andreasyan
The Human Rights Defender of Armenia, Karen Andreasyan comments on some of the points of EU-Armenia cooperation in the sphere of human rights.
What are the main areas of cooperation between the Defender’s office and the EU?
- Within EU-Armenia cooperation I attach particular importance to the fact that European institutions are not only critical, but also patiently offer systematic solutions. Financial, professional and technical assistance to the Office promotes improvement in the area of human rights in Armenia.
Support by the EU Advisory Group
- The EU Advisory Group significantly helps the Defender’s Office to perform its duties. We have a professional expert helping us strengthen the institution in accordance with the Paris Principles, organise internal management and other processes. With the active intervention of experts of the EU Advisory Group, the Strategy of the Armenian Human Rights Defender’s Office for 2011-2017 has been developed. The EU also places emphasis on cooperation with public sector. In this regard, we have achieved good cooperation: a large conference has been organised with financial support from the EU, dedicated to the cooperation between the Ombudsman and non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights protection issues in a number of areas (protection of rights of national minorities, refugees, children, the disabled, women, servicemen, prisoners and the environment).
The Ombudsman’s Office as a national preventive mechanism against torture and violence
- With the support of the EU a Torture Prevention Expert Council has been established, which has assisted the Defender’s Office for three years, conducting research and monitoring all closed institutions of Armenia where people might suffer from torture and/or violence. As a result, we have taken a positive and significant step forward: appropriate professional potential has been recognised by the Defender’s Office and is evolving, represented by staff and NGO volunteers who will replace the Expert Council funded by the EU.
Expected collaboration
- From January 2012 a new EU supported project has been planned, the aim of which is to give assistance to all beneficiaries of the electoral processes, in case the rights of any person were violated during the election campaign, on election day or later. A hotline will be in operation and mobile ambulance will be deployed anywhere there might be a problem.
Within the scope of the same project, several offices in the regions are expected to open to expand the presence of the Ombudsman geographically and make human rights protection more widely available.

Support to the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Karen Andreasyan The Human Rights Defender of Armenia, Karen Andreasyan comments on some of the points of EU-Armenia cooperation in the sphere of human rights. What are the main areas of cooperation between the Defender’s office and the EU? - Within EU-Armenia cooperation I attach particular importance to the fact that European institutions are not only critical, but also patiently offer systematic solutions. Financial, professional and technical assistance to the Office promotes improvement in the area of human rights in Armenia. Support by the EU Advisory Group - The EU Advisory Group significantly helps the Defender’s Office to perform its duties. We have a professional expert helping us strengthen the institution in accordance with the Paris Principles, organise internal management and other processes. With the active intervention of experts of the EU Advisory Group, the Strategy of the Armenian Human Rights Defender’s Office for 2011-2017 has been developed. The EU also places emphasis on cooperation with public sector. In this regard, we have achieved good cooperation: a large conference has been organised with financial support from the EU, dedicated to the cooperation between the Ombudsman and non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights protection issues in a number of areas (protection of rights of national minorities, refugees, children, the disabled, women, servicemen, prisoners and the environment). The Ombudsman’s Office as a national preventive mechanism against torture and violence - With the support of the EU a Torture Prevention Expert Council has been established, which has assisted the Defender’s Office for three years, conducting research and monitoring all closed institutions of Armenia where people might suffer from torture and/or violence. As a result, we have taken a positive and significant step forward: appropriate professional potential has been recognised by the Defender’s Office and is evolving, represented by staff and NGO volunteers who will replace the Expert Council funded by the EU. Expected collaboration - From January 2012 a new EU supported project has been planned, the aim of which is to give assistance to all beneficiaries of the electoral processes, in case the rights of any person were violated during the election campaign, on election day or later. A hotline will be in operation and mobile ambulance will be deployed anywhere there might be a problem. Within the scope of the same project, several offices in the regions are expected to open to expand the presence of the Ombudsman geographically and make human rights protection more widely available.