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On 27 February the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, participated in the launch event of the “EU4HumanRights: Pursuing Positive Change through Empowering Civil Society” project. The Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Armenia (OSIAFA), the Institute of Public Policy, and the Union of Informed Citizens will implement the 2-year project. It has a total budget of €460,035 (EU contribution of €400,000).
The project aims to increase civil society capacity to achieve positive changes in human rights, criminal justice and social equality. More specifically, activities will focus on anti-discrimination, right to be free from torture, right to access to a fair trial, access to quality education, and equitable access to healthcare services. The project partners hope to create greater societal demand for good governance and justice by involving youth activists, journalists and civil society organisations and informing fellow citizens and stimulating public debates. Sub-granting, the provision of financial support to third parties, is also a characteristic of this project.

Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski 5The EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski wished the project partners success during implementation: ‘This project has special value for the European Union as it includes three very important factors: civic activism, young people, and human rights. This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. EU is taking concrete action and showing that this declaration is a living document and important point of reference for us in our activities across the globe. The young generation is of particular importance to the EU. We believe that young generation in Armenia is its engine for development and biggest hope in terms of building a European model of governance in Armenia. Youth are very important in promoting human rights – the concept of human rights is undergoing change’.

Larisa Minasyan, Executive director of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Armenia (OSIAFA)Larisa Minasyan, Executive Director of OSIAFA thanked the EU for the opportunity: ‘It is a very important day for us, as we continue and expand our scope of activities with this new project. We are trying to empower civil society to fulfill their main mission – to be a bridge between the public and decision makers, where free and open discussion is focused on the most important issues. We will try to create an environment that will allow civil society to demand and pursue accountability’.