The main partners and beneficiaries of the Project are the Ministry of Defence, the Investigation Committee, the Military Prosecutor, the Human Rights Defender, the Ministry of Justice, the parliament committees and NGOs.

The main objectives are to contribute to a better protection of human rights in the armed forces in Armenia, by improving the national capacity to apply European human rights standards in the armed forces and by improving the prevention, identification, referral and handling of human rights violations in the armed forces, with a particular focus on ill-treatment.

The following results are expected:

  • the relevant military legislation is reviewed and advanced to make it compliant with international and European human rights standards;
  • the capacity of the Human Rights and Integrity Building Centre of the MoD to ensure human rights compliance and promote them within the armed forces and the MoD is enhanced;
  • human rights awareness is raised among members of the armed forces, and their access to relevant information on European human rights standards  increases;
  • the regulatory framework and institutional mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations in the armed forces are reviewed and strengthened;
  • the prevention of human rights violations and external monitoring of the situation with their observance in the armed forces improve;
  • effectiveness of investigation and other procedures concerning ill-treatment, non-combat deaths and other serious human rights violations in the armed forces are improved.

Project information

  • Duration: 28 months (1 October 2016 – 31 January 2019)
  • Place/ country: Armenia
  • Budget: 1 000 000 €
  • Funding: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (90%) and Council of Europe (10%)