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On 28 November the civil society-government forum “The Possibilities of Introducing Mechanisms of Transitional Justice in the Republic of Armenia in the Light of International Experience” was held. The forum was organised by the Armenian Lawyers’ Association in cooperation with the Armenian government as part of the EU-funded “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project. The essence of transitional justice, mechanisms of application, and the necessity of its introduction in Armenia were presented alongside best international practice. The results of the study will be summarised after the conference, adding proposals that will greatly assist the government and political actors to make final decisions on how to implement transitional justice. Ambassadors of foreign states, high-ranking officials and representatives of Armenian state agencies, international organisations, civil society organisations, lawyers, and experts participated in the event.

IMG_9974The Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, welcomed participants: “Introducing elements of restorative justice is a sovereign decision of the residents of Armenia. However, if a request is made to the EU, we are ready to support the government in this process. The EU, as the largest contributor to the transitional justice (TJ) process, especially in its neighbourhood, can offer best experience and advice on how to connect this process with overall justice reforms. That said, we will never try to give even a hint of advice on how TJ should be conducted it in Armenia. The comprehensive and transparent nature of the process is essential, otherwise any TJ efforts will end up with selective justice. I believe that Armenia should make all efforts to avoid this. Irrespective of this decision, the EU will continue its support to the justice sector reform in Armenia”.

IMG_9928 copyActing First Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan stressed TJ’s importance: “Transitional justice is interesting not only to professionals, but also to wider society. Massive violations of human rights have taken place in Armenia over many years, and today there is a possibility to disclose the truth. There must be criminal cases, the guilt, the crime and the names of the violators should be recorded, so that such these things are not repeated again. They will be forgiven on behalf of society through reconciliation”.

The “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project is being implemented with the financial support of the European Union by a consortium of civil society organisations (CSOs). The project aims to enhance the influence of CSOs and CSO coalitions/networks on public policies in Armenia.