The Council of Europe continues with a series of training of trainers (ToT) sessions for Armenian lawyers and human rights defenders on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC). The second in a series of four training sessions is being held on 28-30 November, with the third planned on 5-7 December. The first ToT took place last October.
Thirty lawyers and human rights defenders will be trained on litigation of discrimination cases under the ECHR and RESC, with a particular focus on anti-discrimination standards.
During the November training session, participants are acquainted with types of discriminatory conduct and grounds when discrimination is protected. On 5-7 December, the training will be devoted to the examination of s. (more)
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is carrying out a monitoring visit to Armenia from 26 to 29 November 2013.
Congress Rapporteurs Nigel MERMAGEN (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Ludmila SFIRLOAGA (Romania, SOC) will examine the follow-up to the commitments undertaken in the field of territorial democracy and decentralisation, with regard to Armenia’s ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2002.
On 26 November, high level meetings are scheduled with the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration of Armenia, Armen GEVORGYAN, and the First Deputy Minister of Finance, Pavel SAFARYAN, as well as the Chairman of the Control Chamber, Ishkan ZAKARYAN and representatives of local NGOs and associations.
On 27 November, rapporteurs will also hold meetings w. (more)
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, representatives of the UN, US, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe Office in Yerevan welcome the 22 November statement of the Women’s Council chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia reaffirming the Government’s commitment to gender equality.
We also support the call to the law-enforcement bodies to undertake all the necessary measures to prevent and prosecute intimidation of individuals and organizations working on gender equality and women's rights.
We acknowledge the Armenian Government’s efforts towards harmonization of domestic legislation with international standards, as well as implementation of provisions and commitments of international legal documents to which Armenia is party.
Gender equality is a cornerstone of democ. (more)
The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe passed from Armenia to Austria today, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States.
Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the outgoing Chair Edward Nalbandian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, gave an overview of his country’s achievements during its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
The new Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Michael Spindelegger, Minister for Foreign A. (more)
In the framework of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) “Support to Consolidating Local Democracy in Armenia” project (funded by the Danish Government), the CoE Department of Democratic Institutions and Governance (DGII-Democracy) and the CoE Office in Yerevan organized a Peer Review meeting to assist the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration in the process of the territorial-administrative reform, which is expected to proceed through community enlargement pilots.
Peers and experts from respective government agencies of Albania, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Spain visited Yerevan on 11-12 November to exchange experience of similar reforms and territorial mergers in their countries and put forward recommendations for their Armenian counterparts. The CoE Congress of Local and Re. (more)