25 Armenian specialists in the sphere of human rights in the armed forces improved their knowledge and skills on International and European human rights standards in the military.
The training seminar, facilitated by two Council of Europe international consultants, aimed at strengthening the capacity of staff of the Ministry of Defence and the Ombuds institution to apply human rights standards in their day to day activities. The Ministry of Defence was represented by specialists from the Human Rights and Integrity Building Centre, Legal Department, Military-medical Department, General Headquarters and other subdivisions. From the Ombuds institution, the deputy Human Rights Defender, the Head of Unit for Protection of rights of servicepersons and their family members, Head of Research and Educational Centre as well as other staff members dealing with servicepersons’ human rights issues and members of the Expert Council on Human Rights of Servicepersons participated in the seminar.
The participants obtained a detailed overview of the international and European instruments regarding human rights in the armed forces, discussed the notion of “citizen in uniform” as well as fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in European Convention of Human Rights and their applicability scope in context of military service. A special session was dedicated to reflection on key ECtHR cases. Particular practical issues were raised by the participants and comprehensive discussions held on them.
The seminar was organised within the scope of the Council of Europe project on “Strengthening the application of European human rights standards in the armed forces in Armenia”, funded by UK government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.