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Conference on European human rights standards and the role of the Government Agents in safeguarding effective protection of human rights in the European Court 15 December 2014
Yerevan, Armenia

The Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia organised a conference on European human rights standards and the role of the Government Agents in safeguarding effective protection of human rights in the European Court. 

The conference aimed at celebrating the 10th anniversary of Armenian representation before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Safeguarding the protection of human rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and ensuring their implementation at national level is a primary task and responsibility of every CoE member state. In this respect, Joining the CoE in 2001, Armenia became bound to fully apply the provisions of the ECHR and the ECtHR case law.

During the event the role and perspectives of the Armenian repre. (more)

Training-of-Trainers organised for the Justice Academy of Armenia 14-16 November 2014
Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

The Council of Europe organised the second three-day thematic training of trainers for the teaching staff of the Justice Academy.

The training methodology focused on application of modern interactive methods and visual tools.

The aim of the both training courses was to equip the trainers with tools and techniques essential for the delivery of high quality trainings in human rights topics. The participants also had the opportunity to link the acquired knowledge with their current practice and further on enhance their skills. The training provided a perfect opportunity to obtain new methodology skills and exchange experience with the international consultants. 

The trainers became familiar with the presentation of methodology and training materials on Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the European Con. (more)

Armenian mayors share their practical experience about citizen participation 29 and 30 October 2014
Aghveran, Armenia

“Citizen participation is one of the pillars of local democracy and a key element for developing effective local governance.” This was the main message of the “Effective citizen participation” workshop organised for Armenian mayors by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Following the ratification of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self Government in May 2013, the Armenian Government made amendments in the RA Law on Local Self-Government making it mandatory for local authorities to inform, consult and actively engage with their citizens. During the workshop on 29 and 30 October the mayors exchanged views on the ways to implement these obligations and on different participation methodologies. Congress members from Armenia presented. (more)

Workshop on the Protection of Human Rights from the Prism of National and International Instruments on Anti-Discrimination 24 October 2014
Yerevan, Armenia

The Council of Europe in co-operation with OSCE office in Yerevan, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Eurasia Partnership Foundation organized a one-day workshop on the protection of human rights from the prism of the national and international instruments on anti-discrimination for lawyers and human rights defenders. The workshop was organized within the framework of the 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 overall objective of the workshop was building the capacity of local lawyers and human rights defenders on the domestic application of ECHR through the prism of Article 14; eventually helping those targ. (more)

Seminar on Criminal Law and Proceedings organised for the judges and judicial servants of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation 23-25 October 2014
Dilijan, Armenia

The Council of Europe organised the second three-day seminar on “Criminal law and proceedings - enhancing skills in application of Articles 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 of ECHR” for the judges and judicial servants of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation. This activity was a follow-up to the first three-day seminar on “Civil and Administrative law and proceedings” organised for the Civil and Administrative Chamber of the Court of Cassation on 11-13 September, 2014.

The seminar focused on the ECHR jurisdiction,  role of the national highest instance courts in the protection of human rights at the national level. Specific emphasis was given to the discussion of Articles 2,3 5, 6 and 8 of the ECHR with special attention to criminal procedures and the most relevant ECtHR cases, includi. (more)

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