Issue 250

CSF_Armenia_logo-ENGOur Dear Colleague Hripsimeh Kirakosyan

Passed away

Hripsime KirakosyanIt is with deep sadness and sorrow that we inform of the passing away of our beloved colleague Hripsimeh Kirakosyan, Founding President of “Mission Armenia” charitable organization, a person that dedicated her whole life to philanthropy, to helping people in despair and those in need and the establishment of social justice.

We knew “Mission Armenia” thanks to Mrs. Hripsimeh: she was an authority figure.  We are indebted to her committed and responsible activity for the taking root and development of charity work and social policy in Armenia.

Hripsimeh Kirakosyan was an active member of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform. She was an active citizen, compassionate, willing and always interested in the issues regarding the enhancement of civil society in Armenia.

We greatly regret that we will continue our work without her…

On behalf of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform we express our deepest condolences to the family and relatives of Hripsimeh Kirakosyan, all her colleagues and us all…

EaP CSF ANP Secretariat

RVwYZKr3_normalArmenia: EU and CoE discuss health care services in closed institutions

30-08-2016

prisons - image - PCF programmeThe provision of health care services in closed institutions were discussed with the staff of the Armenian Human Rights Defender’s Office last week. The meeting aimed at strengthening the capacity of this institution to visit and monitor any detention place that is under the authority and control of the state. It was part of an EU-funded project on support to criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia, implemented by the Council of Europe in the framework of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework (EU/CoE PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, with funding from the European Union.

According to the EU/CoE PCF press release, the training seminar focused on the provision of medical care in the context of combating ill-treatment and torture in closed institutions. Specific emphasis was placed on the examination of the forms of torture and ill-treatment that may or may not lead to physical and psychological evidence, as a result of lack of requisite medical care, it added.

The joint EU/CoE PCF aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement domestic reforms and bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Press release

csf-logoPreliminary Findings and Recommendations of the EaP CSF Monitoring Mission to Armenia

22 August 2016

Source: EaP CSF website

 The Monitoring Mission of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) on the civil society, media and human rights situation in Armenia visited Armenia during the period of 9-15 August 2016. The Mission’s team was composed of leading experts in the field of human rights from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Its work was supported by the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform.

The Mission’s main objectives were to assess the situation with non-governmental organizations and media in the aftermath of the political crisis during the period of 17-31 July 2016, and acquire the complete and accurate information about the situation in various fields of human rights.

During the visit to Armenia, the Mission interviewed the representatives of civil society, leading human rights organizations, experts and lawyers. Separate meetings were held with the Ombudsman of the Republic of Armenia and representatives of major intergovernmental organizations. Currently, the Mission is preparing the report and a wide range of recommendations.

These are some of the preliminary findings and recommendations.

The events of 17-31 July were accompanied by disproportionate use of force by law enforcement and serious violations of human rights:

  • arbitrary detention, retention of people in the military facilities without drawing up protocols, both during and after detention and retention;
  • attacks on journalists, interference with the performance of their professional duties; cruel and degrading treatment, restriction of access to adequate medical care, illegal intrusion on the private property; denial of the right to a phone call, etc.

In the aftermath of the crisis on 17-31 July Armenian civil society makes every effort to protect citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms. It should be noted that the legal community of Armenia has taken upon themselves the provision of the legal aid to the arrested and detained.

The Mission supports the previously adopted statement of the Armenian National Platform as of 21 July 2016 and that of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum as of 1 August 2016, and urges the Government of Armenia to take immediate measures in order to restore the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the atmosphere of trust between the state and society:

Preliminary findings and recommendations

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