On 24-27 February 2014, a series of two-day training seminars on the best European practices in the area of non-custodial sentences and probation were organized within the project on “Reducing the use of custodial sentences in line with European Standards” implemented by the Council of Europe. The training seminars were facilitated by international and local trainers with extensive experience and knowledge in the area of probation and attended by about 70 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other specialists.
In his opening speech, Mr. Aram Orbelyan, the Deputy Minister of Justice highlighted the importance of the awareness raising and capacity building activities on non-custodial sentencing and probation implemented under this project, especially taking into consideration the commitment of the Gove. (more)
On 21 February 2014, a new two-year 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” was launched in Yerevan as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2012-2014. The project was made possible thanks to generous voluntary contribution of the Government of Denmark and aims at improving the effective implementation and uniform application of European human rights standards in Armenia by strengthening the capacity of the Court of Cassation and by enhancing the training capacity of the newly established Justice Academy.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Hrayr Tovmasyan, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, highlighted the importance of commitments undertaken by Armenia in th. (more)
The Council of Europe has now trained 30 trainers from among Armenian lawyers and human rights defenders to apply the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Revised European Social Charter (RESC), with a particular focus on anti-discrimination standards. The last of four three-day training sessions for Trainers took place at Erebuni Plaza Business Center in Yerevan on 6 to 8 of February.
Thirty lawyers and human rights defenders were selected for training via competition to share their experiences with colleagues through a series of cascade trainings, which will start in March 2014. The newly certified trainers will continue to train others, even after the joint project of the Council of Europe and European Union is completed.
"I hope that the trainers will now build on the knowledge . (more)
On 5-6 February the first of a series of workshops organized by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as part of the programme Strengthening local elected representatives’ leadership was conducted in Yerevan. The workshop was attended by 18 Mayors, women and men, representing eight regions of Armenia, from both urban and rural areas. Through a peer-to-peer approach involving members of the Congress and international experts, Armenian Mayors got familiar with the mission and role of the Congress, they analyzed their role and statutory responsibilities and assessed skills and competencies needed to perform their role effectively and efficiently. The informal environment allowed the Mayors to share experience and contribute productively to group-work on field projects.
A new three-year project in the field of local democracy was launched as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2012-2014. The project is funded by the Government of Denmark and enjoys the support of the Government of Armenia.
The project “Support to Consolidating Local Democracy in Armenia” was presented in Yerevan by Armen Gevorgyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration, and by Council of Europe representatives Knud Andersen, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Alfonso Zardi, Head of Democratic Governance and Institutions Department, and Oleksandr Pavlyuk, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan. The event was attended by other government representatives, as well as representatives of local authorities and their asso. (more)