Issue 59

Seminar in Armenia on “The Role of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Implementing Human Rights and Judicial Reforms”

  

On June 23-25, 2011, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation Armenia, Yerevan Press Club organized a seminar for civil society organizations on “The Role of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Implementing Human Rights and Judicial Reforms.”

The seminar was attended by the Head of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Armenian office Naira Gevorgian, who delivered an opening speech. In his welcome speech YPC President Boris Navasardian, who is also a member of the Steering Committee of Civil Society Forum (CSF) and the coordinator of the first working group, stressed the importance of such seminars in informing the Armenian CSOs about the activities of Eastern Partnership (EaP) CSF, the programs and partnership opportunities among working groups.

The seminar was attended by Katerina Przybylska, the Belarusian Schuman Society Director and a member of human rights subgroup of CSF 1 working group, who introduced the report on “Implementation of EaP CSF Recommendations on Human Rights.” The Armenian perspective on human rights reforms and opportunities was introduced by Robert Revazyan, lawyer of Helsinki Committee of Armenia and Mikayel Hovhannisyan, Europe Program Manager at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

The recommendations on judicial reforms made by EaP CSF were introduced by YPC expert Heriknaz Harutyunyan. Attorney Vahe Grigoryan, the Head of Commission for the Analysis of the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights at the Chamber of Advocates of Armenia, introduced the process and the state of judicial reforms in Armenia.

Concluding remarks on strengthening the relations between EaP SCF-Armenian SCOs were made by YPC President Boris Navasardyan. He also suggested having 12 recommended CSF members in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and another three recommended representatives in the CSF Steering Committee.

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