Joint message from the SG and DSG on the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence 9 July 2014
On 1 August, Europe will take a major step forward to protect women’s rights through the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. This will happen just three years after it was opened for signature in Istanbul, making the convention known as the Istanbul Convention.
As the first legally binding set of standards to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence in Europe, it has become a worldwide reference to protect women. It has gained our organisation much recognition and credibility because it demonstrates our commitment to equality between women and men.
Our achievement would not have been possible without the high professionalism of our skillful and committed staff from the intergovernmen. (more)
The Council of Europe office in Yerevan together with the Congress for Local and Regional Authorities of Europe organised two events in the framework of the project ¨Support to the consolidation of local democracy in Armenia”.
The third workshop of the leadership programme for Mayors which took place on 8 and 9 July in Yerevan focused on “Effective communication”. Through practical exercises and peer reviews participants became aware of the messages they send to the citizens not only through their words, but also trough their behaviours and decisions.
“Councillors: everyday actors for democracy” seminar was held on 10 July for municipal councillors from partner communities. Participants discussed the functions of the key municipal structures, their duties and . (more)
In the period of April to June 2014 the Council of Europe organised twelve one-day cascade trainings in Yerevan and some regions of Armenia, including Shirak and Lori marzes. The cascade trainings were organised in the framework of CoE/EU Joint Programme on “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)”.
The trainings were arranged as a follow-up activity for 2013-2014 Training-of-Trainers (ToT), with more than 30 lawyers and human rights defenders trained on the European Convention on Human Rights through the prism of Article 14 and Protocol No.12 of thereto, and on the Revised European Social Charter (Article E).
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On 11-13 July 2014 the Council of Europe organised the second meeting of the Working Group on improving the human rights training in the Justice Academy. The Working Group was established within the framework of the CoE Project on “Strengthening the Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights in Armenia”, funded by the Government of Denmark.
The support focuses on creating a pool of specialised trainers as well as developing standardised training courses and materials on specific human rights issues. Particular attention is paid to the methodology in order to ensure high quality professional training.
Council of Europe’s international and national consultants together with the representatives of the Justice Academy worked on an . (more)
The representatives of the United Nations, the Delegation of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan made a joint statement on the launch of the national Human Rights Action Plan at a press conference held today, 30 June. The event was addressed by the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Armenia and was attended by senior government officials, representatives of civil society and international community as well as media.
Below you can find the joint statement issued by Representatives of the mentioned International Organizations:
Joint Statement on the Launch of the Human Rights Action Plan
We, the representatives of the United Nations, the Delegation of the European Union, the Organization fo. (more)
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