Armenian judges, prosecutors and investigators attended the launch of the Council of Europe online HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence at the Academy of Justice in Armenia on 11 September 2018. Representatives from the Police of Armenia, the School of Advocates, the Constitutional Court, and the Academy of Justice as well as law students also participated in the event. The online course is implemented within the Council of Europe project “Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Armenia”.
In her opening remarks Anahit Manasyan, the Vice Rector of the Academy of Justice, highly appreciated the multi-faceted co-operation the Academy has had so far with the Council of Europe, including joint implementation of various courses on human rights for legal professionals. This was the second time the HELP course on combating violence against women and domestic violence was launched for legal professionals. In addition, a face-to-face course on the same topic is being developed by the Council of Europe experts. The face-to-face course will be included in the curriculum of the Academy of Justice for the academic year 2019.
“The topic combating violence against women and domestic violence is very important for all the member states of the Council of Europe. During the last two years the situation in Armenia regarding this has changed considerably”, said Loreta Vioiu, the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, at the course launch. According to Vioiu, the Council of Europe has been engaged in Armenia in the area of preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence since 2016 following the Armenian Government’s request to assist in this matter and include the topic in the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia (2015–2018). Armenia adopted its first law on domestic violence in December 2017 and signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) in January 2018, the ratification of the convention is still pending.
violence against women and domestic violence is always in the focus of the government, in particular the Ministry of Justice. She spoke about the International and European standards and laws in the area of violence against women and domestic violence and explained the completed and pending legal developments in the area of violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia and introduced relevant international and European standards and laws in this area, while
Lusine Sargsyan, the national tutor for the online course, representing the Ombudsperson’s office, presented the HELP Programme of the Council of Europe and the specifics of this particular course.
Liana Amirbekyan, Project Officer for the Council of Europe’s project on combating violence against women, provided information on the project and its goals and activities.
Following the launch and the discussion of key concepts, the participants will continue their training online for a period of three months.
A self-learning version of the online course is available in Armenian on the HELP online platform at this link. To access the HELP platform for the first time, a free online registration needs to be concluded from here: http://help.elearning.ext.coe.int/login/.
For more information on the course, please download this course brief.