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The EU Supports Democratic Elections

16 March 2012
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In January 2012 the EU started a €1.7m project to support free and fair elections in Armenia. One of the main project components – reinforcing the Human Rights Defender’s office – was launched on 15 March 2012 through the signing of an implementation agreement between Andrey Sorokin, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and Karen Andreasyan, the Armenian Ombudsman.
The project envisages the establishment of six regional offices in Yeghednadzor, Gavar, Kapan, Ijevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor, a telephone hotline, and Rapid Reaction Groups to ensure mobile responses to alleged violations during the elections and pre-election campaigns in 2012 and 2013. According to Ombudsman Andreasyan, the hotline would operate for any additional cases, not just the elections.
‘The parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidential elections in 2013 have become a focal point of political life in Armenia, and their correct implementation will be a test for the success of reforms in Armenia, a process which is closely followed by the European Union’, said Onno Simons, confirming once again the repeatedly-stated importance of free and fair elections for further development of EU-Armenia relations and the future implementation of the EU “more for more” principle.

Sorokin expressed hope that this project would allow better interaction between the Human Rights Defender’s Office and local authorities, and would contribute to the improvement of the general human rights climate in the country.

The project will last 19 months. The positive impact of the project should provide an impetus for the Armenian government to provide financial support to ensure the sustainability of the regional offices once the project was over.

The EU Supports Democratic Elections

In January 2012 the EU started a €1.7m project to support free and fair elections in Armenia. One of the main project components – reinforcing the Human Rights Defender's office – was launched on 15 March 2012 through the signing of an implementation agreement between Andrey Sorokin, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and Karen Andreasyan, the Armenian Ombudsman. The project envisages the establishment of six regional offices in Yeghednadzor, Gavar, Kapan, Ijevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor, a telephone hotline, and Rapid Reaction Groups to ensure mobile responses to alleged violations during the elections and pre-election campaigns in 2012 and 2013. According to Ombudsman Andreasyan, the hotline would operate for any additional cases, not just the elections. ‘The parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidential elections in 2013 have become a focal point of political life in Armenia, and their correct implementation will be a test for the success of reforms in Armenia, a process which is closely followed by the European Union’, said Onno Simons, confirming once again the repeatedly-stated importance of free and fair elections for further development of EU-Armenia relations and the future implementation of the EU “more for more” principle. Sorokin expressed hope that this project would allow better interaction between the Human Rights Defender’s Office and local authorities, and would contribute to the improvement of the general human rights climate in the country. The project will last 19 months. The positive impact of the project should provide an impetus for the Armenian government to provide financial support to ensure the sustainability of the regional offices once the project was over.