NEWS


Major progress in palliative care and access to medicines in Armenia

January 15, 2018

An article by Stephen R. Connor and Anahit Papikyan

The Armenian Ministry of Health has approved the first purchase of oral morphine, and has removed a number of barriers limiting access to opioid medications in the country. While these changes appear to have happened suddenly, they are in fact the result of a very long and steady advocacy effort.
In 2010 the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia (OSIAFA) began an effort to help local champions develop palliative care in the country. As part of their public health programme a palliative care project co-funded by the OSF New York International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) was started. read more



Justice Group: “Civil Society Remarks on the Draft Judicial and Criminal Codes.”

January 10, 2018

The Open Society Foundations-Armenia jointly with the Justice Group, established in the framework of its legal program, is pleased to invite you to participate in a public discussion titled “Civil Society Remarks on the Draft Judicial and Criminal Codes.”

The event will take place on January 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m, at DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan Hotel, Milano Hall (Grigor Lusavorich 4/2, Yerevan Armenia).

The draft agenda of the event is enclosed to the invitation. Simultaneous translation from Armenian into English and vice versa is provided.

Representatives of the RA National Assembly, Ministry of Justice, Special Investigation Service, Investigation Committee, Police, Prosecutor’s General, Judicial Department, National Security Service, Human Rights Defender and Chamber of Advocates are invited to the event to present their opinion about the above mentioned drafts. Representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, civil society and media are also invited to attend the event.

Please, confirm your attendance by 3:00pm, January 15, 2018, contacting Ms. Karine Ghazaryan at the number 010 533862, or writing to the address: karine@osi.am.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion.

Sincerely yours,

Larisa Minasyan
Executive Director of the Open Society Foundations – Armenia

Agenda of the event is enclosed.



“the Role of the Civil Society in Developing Public Policy Agenda and Ensuring Accountable Governance in Armenia.”

December 14, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Partnership for Open Society Initiative is pleased to invite you to participate in a public discussion entitled “the Role of the Civil Society in Developing Public Policy Agenda and Ensuring Accountable Governance in Armenia.”

The event will take place on December 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m, at DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan Hotel, Milano Hall (Grigor Lusavorich 4/2, Yerevan Armenia).

Representatives of the RA National Assembly, Government, Human Rights Defender, diplomatic missions, international organizations, civil society and media are invited to attend the event.

The draft agenda of the event is enclosed to the invitation. Simultaneous translation from Armenian to English and vice versa is provided.

Please inform about your decision to participate in the public discussion by 15:00, December 15, 2017, contacting Ms. Karine Ghazaryan at karine@osi.am; or at 010 533862.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion.

Sincerely yours,

Larisa Minasyan

Partnership for Open Society Initiative member
Executive Director of the Open Society Foundations – Armenia

Agenda of the event is enclosed.



OSF-Armenia and Partnership for Open Society Initiative to participate in OSCE’s 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

September 18, 2017

OSF-Armenia and Partnership for Open Society Initiative to participate in OSCE’s 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Invitation to OSF-Armenia’s and Partnership’s side events at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017.

At this year’s HDIM, OSF-Armenia and Partnership for Open Society Initiative will be hosting two side-event, with focuses on the criminal justice and quality education in Armenia.

Details on side events:

The Impact of Shrinking Democratic Space on Criminal Justice in Armenia (download invitation)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 18:15 – 19:15, Plenary Hall

The Right to Quality Education in Armenia (download invitation)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 18:15 – 19:15, Plenary Hall



Systemic Impunity: a Challenge to Criminal Justice

July 15, 2017

Dear Colleagues,
The Partnership for Open Society Initiative, representing more than 60 civil society organizations, is pleased to invite you to participate in a public discussion on “Systemic Impunity: a Challenge to Criminal Justice.”

The event will take place on July 18, 2017, at 9:45, Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall (1st Italy Street, Yerevan).

Civil society actors will present their assessments regarding exercising criminal justice in Armenia, limitation of rights, violations against defendants, hindering activities of attorneys, and independence of courts and judges.

Representatives of the RA Ministry of Justice, National Assembly, Special Investigation Service, Investigative Committee, Police, Prosecutor’s Office, Judicial Department, Courts, MoJ Penitentiary Department, National Security Service and Human Rights Defender are invited to the event where they will have the liberty to deliver a speech.

Representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, civil society and media are invited to attend the event.

The draft agenda of the event is enclosed to the invitation. Simultaneous translation from Armenian to English and vice versa is provided.

Please inform about your decision to participate in the public discussion by 12:00, July 17, 2017, contacting Ms.Karine Ghazaryan at karine@osi.am; or at 010 533862.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion.

Sincerely yours,

Larisa Minasyan
Partnership for Open Society Initiative member
Executive Director of the Open Society Foundations – Armenia

Agenda of the event is enclosed.


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