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Armenian-Turkish Reconnections and Human Rights

17/04/2015 Strasbourg
History continues to divide Armenian and Turkish officialdom, but there are many civil society, cultural and academic initiatives aiming to reconnect the two societies.  April 24 marks the centennial of the beginning of the mass killings, deportations and dispossession of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which resulted in the near-total elimination of Armenians from Anatolia. These...
Country visit report

Armenia should intensify its efforts to ensure gender equality and protect human rights in the justice system

10/03/2015 Strasbourg
Read the report “Gender inequality and violence against women are serious human rights concerns in Armenia. More vigorous efforts are needed to address them,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing the report of his visit to Armenia from 5 to 9 October 2014. The adoption of gender-related action plans and the 2013 Law on Equal Rights and Equal...
Country visit

Armenia should address gender inequality and enhance the independence of the judiciary

09/10/2014 Yerevan
“Much remains to be done in Armenia towards ensuring the equal protection of human rights of women and men”, said the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a 5-day visit to Armenia. “The adoption in 2013 of a Law on Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women and of gender-related policy documents are steps in the right direction”, said the Commissioner, urging...
Country visit report

Armenia: “More efforts are needed to strengthen human rights protection”

09/05/2011 Strasbourg
"Some significant steps have been taken to address the human rights consequences of the March 2008 events, but more needs to be done to promote reconciliation in society and reinforce public trust towards the authorities", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report on his visit to Armenia carried out in January 2011. The report focuses...
Country visit

Armenia: “Greater efforts must be made to heal the wounds of March 2008 and strengthen the protection of human rights”

21/01/2011 Yerevan
Issues related to the events of March 2008, freedom of expression and of the media, and human rights in the army were the main themes of the visit to Armenia from 18 to 21 January 2011 by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg. The effects of the tragic events of March 2008 can still be felt in Armenian society. A major problem is the continuing lack of clarity...
Country visit

Armenia: special visit of Commissioner Hammarberg to assess inquiry progress

19/11/2008 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will carry out a special visit to Armenia from 20 to 22 November to assess the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in relation to the event of 1-2 March and the inquiry into those events. "I intend to assess the situation of persons deprived of their liberty and the progress made in discovering the...
Country visit summary

Armenia: Commissioner Hammarberg releases his findings on the investigation of March events

29/09/2008 Strasbourg
"There is an urgent need to reach a satisfactory solution for prisoners and to hold accountable those responsible for the March events." With this main message, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, published today his summary of findings on a visit to Armenia carried out last 13-15 July to weigh the progress made in investigating the violent events which...
PACE meeting

Commissioner Hammarberg updates PACE monitoring committee on situation in Armenia

15/09/2008 Strasbourg
The Commissioner briefed the PACE monitoring committee, at its meeting in Paris on 11 September 2008, on developments concerning the inquiry into the events of 1 March 2008 and the people deprived of their liberty in connection with those events. He welcomed progress on the first issue, but remains concerned about the question of detainees - virtually all of them opposition supporters or...
Counrty visit

Armenia: “Further progress is needed on prisoners and to investigate March events”

15/07/2008 Erevan
Commissioner Hammarberg concluded today a three-day visit to Erevan where he weighed the progress made in the investigation of the violent events in March in connection with the demonstrations after the recent Presidential election. He also sought information on the judicial procedures against those detained. "The response to our recommendations is still unsatisfactory" said the Commissioner...
Country visit

Commissioner Hammarberg visits Armenia to assess progress made in the investigation of post-election events

11/07/2008 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will start on Sunday a three-day visit to Erevan to weigh the progress made in the investigation of the violent events in connection with the demonstrations after the Presidential election in March. He will meet with the highest national authorities and will visit prisons accompanied by two members of his Office and Johan...
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