Issue 272

8th Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and Armenia

Brussles, 30 May, 2017

The European Union and Armenia held the eighth round of the annual Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels on 29 May 2017.

The European Union and Armenia welcomed the continued progress on human rights in Armenia. The EU concurred with the Venice Commission that the new Constitution represented a positive development and underlined the importance of its prompt and effective implementation.

The EU took note of the ODIHR Electoral Observation Mission’s report on the April 2017 parliamentary elections and stressed the need for a proper investigation and follow-up of all alleged (pre-)electoral violations, and to ensure a level playing field for all candidates.

The Dialogue highlighted the importance of a free and pluralistic media environment, and political pluralism as a prerequisite for the conduct of democratic elections. The EU encouraged Armenia to increase participation of women and national minority representatives in politics.

The EU called on Armenia to adopt a standalone law against domestic violence and to operate a multi-referral mechanism to support victims (in line with UN CEDAW Concluding Observations) as well as a standalone law against discrimination; stressing its commitment to the universality of human rights for all.

The parties will continue to cooperate to improve national institutional capacities in support of equality between men and women. The EU encouraged Armenia to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

The EU noted the progress in legislation made by Armenia in preventing torture and ill-treatment, and stressed the need for it to be further consolidated, in particular the need to implement the UN CAT Concluding Observations, including an independent and impartial mechanism for effective investigation and prosecution of certain crimes against human rights and freedoms committed by representative of law enforcement agencies.

The dialogue allowed for an open, constructive exchange on the human rights situation in Armenia. In line with its policy, the EU had prior to the dialogue met and consulted representatives of Armenian and international civil society.

The EU delegation was led by Mr Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division in the European External Action Service (EEAS), while the Armenian delegation was headed by Mr Garen Nazarian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Armenia’s Human Rights Defender, Mr Arman Tatoyan and Ms Mara Marinaki, the Principal Advisor for gender issues and UNSCR 1325 at the EEAS, also took part in the Dialogue.



Invitation to apply: Advance Broadcast Training on “Telling a human story” and “Reporting on EU-Armenia relations”

Yerevan, 29/05/2017

On June 23-25, 2017, the EU-funded Open Media Hub Project is organising Advanced Broadcast Training for 15 TV journalists/cameramen/ editors from Armenian media – a 3-day day course on news production focused on editorial, filming, writing and editing skills.

On June 23-25, 2017, the EU-funded Open Media Hub Project is organising Advanced Broadcast Training for 15 TV journalists/cameramen/ editors from Armenian media – a 3-day day course on news production focused on editorial, filming, writing and editing skills.

During the course, participating TV crews will produce appealing and informative visual stories editorially relevant for your outlets in a format pertinent for your news broadcasts.  The stories will be broadcast on your outlets and made available on the Open Media Hub’s platform and website, for exchange between participants locally and internationally.

The topics of the stories will be Telling a Human Story and Covering EU-Armenia Relations.

The training will also focus on the ‘Being 20’ series. Developed and produced by the Open Media Hub, ‘Being 20’ is a series of short 90-second stories depicting the life and aspirations of youth in European Neighbourhood Countries. Each story may then be used by all the participants as a single story or potentially as a series, which we will be developing across the 17 European Neighbourhood countries where we are working. We will later make a call for production and finance the production of some of these stories.

The trainers will be journalists Stephane Bentura and Simon Husting, supported locally by Nina Iskandaryan.

Stories will be discussed and selected ahead of the training in liaison with Stephane Bentura. During the training, participating crews are asked to provide their own filming and editing gear.

To apply, please go to www.openmediahub.comThe deadline for applications 11:45 p.m. on June 9, 2017. Media that have participated in previous activities and signed Memorandums with Open Media Hub will be considered first.

The Open Media Hub Project aims at increasing the professional skills of journalists and media managers and supporting the production of audiovisual content and online material in the European Neighbourhood countries, contributing to the development of independent media. The project is implemented by a Consortium led by Thomson Foundation and including European media organisations such as France Médias Monde, the European Journalism Center and Free Press Unlimited.

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