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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)

Training of Trainers on Adult Training Methodology for the Armenian Justice Academy 17-19 October 2014
Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

The Council of Europe organised the first three-day training of trainers on Adult Training Methodology for the trainers of the Justice Academy. The training was organised with application of modern interactive methods and visual tools.

The aim of the course was to equip the trainers with tools and techniques essential for the delivery of high quality trainings in human rights topics. In addition, the trainers had the opportunity to link the acquired knowledge with their practice and further enhance their skills.

The trainers became familiar with the whole training cycle management process, improved presentation skills and strengthened skills for conducting training. 

Based on the acquired knowledge trainers of the Justice Academy will be able to design their own case studies and training p. (more)

“Armenia should address gender inequality and enhance the independence of the judiciary” Yerevan, 9 October 2014

“Much remains to be done in Armenia towards ensuring the equal protection of human rights of women and men”, said the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a 5-day visit to Armenia.

“The adoption in 2013 of a Law on Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women and of gender-related policy documents are steps in the right direction”, said the Commissioner, urging the authorities to implement the legislation and policies in practice. However, despite some progress especially at the local level, women are not represented in key decision-making positions. In particular, women's participation in politics and public administration remains low. “Moreover,” observed the Commissioner, “prenatal sex selection, as reflected in the skewed sex ratios at birth between boys and girls (which can reach up to 124 male. (more)

Workshop on Public Ethics Benchmarking process in Armenian municipalities 6-7 October 2014
Yerevan and Ashtarak, Armenia

Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform of the CoE organised a workshop on Public Ethics Benchmarking in the framework of the project “Support to consolidating local democracy in Armenia”.

The aim of the workshop was to introduce the benchmark developed on the basis of working discussions with the pilot communities of Armenia and discuss the process of peer review and skills necessary for its successful implementation.

Representatives from all 6 pilot communities of the Public Ethics Benchmarking Programme participated in the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by local and international experts. The discussion on the second day in Ashtarak focused on a model peer review process.

The Programme will further focus on testing the benchm. (more)

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