Essay Contest

October 3, 2016

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Essay Contest

October 3, 2016

Sorry, this post is available only in Armenian.

Essay Contest

October 3, 2016

Sorry, this post is available only in Armenian.


September 19, 2016





13:00-14:45, Meeting room 2

(Lunch and refreshment will be provided during the event)

Mr. Davit Khachaturyan,Open Society Foundations-Armenia, Board Chair

Mr. Giorgi Gogia, Human Rights Watch

Use of excessive force and detentions of political activists

Mr. Artur Sakunts, Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly Vanadzor

Closing space for civil society

Mr. Avetik Ishkhanyan, Armenian Helsinki Committee

Violation of human rights during crisis situations in Armenia and the policy impunity

Mr. Levon Barseghyan, Journalists’ Club “Asparez”

Targeted violence against journalists

Mr. Daniel Ioannisyan, Union of Informed Citizens

Excessive use of force

Ms. Haykuhi Harutyunyan, Protection of Rights without Borders

Reaction of authorities: opening of criminal cases and their progress

Ms. Nataliya Novakova, International Partnership for Human Rights

Accountability for human rights violations during predominantly peaceful protests of July 2016



DavitK Davit Khachaturyan is the Board Chair of the Open Society Foundations-Armenia. He received his doctorate in law from Yerevan State University where he teaches ECHR and Lawyering Skills to Master Program. Mr. Khachaturyan worked for the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, at the U.S. Department of Justice, UNDP South Caucasus Anti-Drug Project, Court of Cassation of Armenia, and Armenian Academy of Justice. He is involved in programs of the Council of Europe and European Union as an expert on rule of law, judiciary and human rights, primary focusing to help bring Armenian human rights norms and laws in line with universal standards of human rights protection.


Giorgi Gogia is South Caucasus Director at Human Rights Watch, working on Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. He has worked and written extensively on criminal justice system reform, police brutality, freedom of expression and media freedoms and property rights. He also worked and written on international humanitarian law during the armed conflicts and health and human rights issues.;

ArturSArtur Sakunts is the Chairman of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor which provides legal consulting and assistance, conducts monitoring of closed and semi-closed institutions, including armed forces and psychiatric institutions, and hence presents legislative changes. He is an advocate for demilitarization in the region as a guarantee to peace and security, as well for prevention of human rights violations in the armed forces. Since 2011 he has been regularly representing victims and their successors on army cases to the court. In 2012 Mr. Artur Sakunts received Freedom Defender Award.

AvetikIAvetik Ishkhanyan is the founder and the President of the Helsinki Committee of Armenia (HCA). Since1995, HCA has been conducting an on-going monitoring of the human rights situation with a special focus on closed and semi-closed institutions, including penitentiaries, orphanages and army, where conscientious objectors were in the alternative service. Mr. Ishkhanyan is the author of a series of reports covering areas such as life in penal institutions, treatment of detained persons, freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful assemblies in Armenia. He is actively engaged in advocacy for protection of rights of prisoners and life prisoners.

LevonBLevon Barseghyan is the Chairman of the Journalists’ Club “Asparez” in Gyumri, Armenia. He is a leading expert in the field of freedom media and information. In 1994-2000, he worked as a journalist and a chief editor in local “Tsayg” and “Shant” TV companies. In 1998-2002, he was an executive director of “Shant” FM-104.1 radio station and chief editor of “Shant” newspaper. He is the founder and chief editor of and “Asparez”, the first daily newspaper published by an NGO in the post-soviet area. Mr. Barseghyan is an award winner of Freedom Defender, The Time for Freedom of Press for the consistent protection of media freedom.

DanielIDaniel Ioannisyan is the founder of the “Union of Informed Citizens” NGO established in 2013. The organization unites social activists distinguished for raising public awareness on important social and political issues providing valuable and reliable information. The main target fields are the foreign policy, law enforcement, electoral and energy sectors of Armenia. In 2010-2011 he worked at the National Parliament of Armenia and prepared packages of legislative reforms for the law enforcement sector. Since 2011, Mr. Ioannisyan has worked as a law enforcement sector analyst for local media resources.

HaykuhiHHaykuhi Harutyunyan is the president of “Protection of rights without borders” NGO. She is a Fulbright Scholarships-Hubert Humphrey Fellow and studied in the Minnesota Law School, where she got her Master’s Degree on Human rights, Rule of Law and Leadership. She manages the efforts of the organization to promote protection of human rights, to foster the principles of the rule of law and good governance in Armenia. Ms. Harutyunyan is a practicing lawyer and a member of the Chamber of Advocates in Armenia. In 2003-2011, Ms. Harutyunyan has worked at the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor. ;

NataliyaNNataliya Novakova is a Project Officer at International Partnership for Human rights working on freedom of faith in Russia, accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, political prisoners in Azerbaijan. Nataliya is engaged in the fieldwork documenting war crimes in eastern Ukraine, doing research in Crimea and monitoring peaceful protests in other countries of the region. Nataliya is also consultant on Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Minority Rights Group Europe. She authored several publications on human rights and advocacy in Eastern partnership countries. Nataliya holds MPA degree from the Central European University (Budapest) and Master of Political Science from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (Ukraine).

The side event is collaborative and organized by the Partnership for Open Society Initiative in cooperation with Human Rights Watch and Civic Solidarity Platform.

The event is open to public. Representatives of Member States, Civil Society and Media are cordially invited. Lunch and refreshment will be provided. For further information on the event, please contact: Ms. Karine Ghazaryan at

Judicial Reform in Armenia: Civil Society Perspectives

July 15, 2016

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 “Judicial Reform in Armenia: Civil Society Perspectives”

The event will take place on July 18, 2016, at 9:45, Congress Hotel, Ball room (1st Italy Street, Yerevan).

During the event, the representatives of civil society will present their observations and remarks about the implementation of the 2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Republic of Armenia; and recommendations for drafting an effective and accountable program for 2017-2020.

Representatives of the RA Ministry of Justice, National Assembly, Special Investigation Service, Police, Prosecutor’s Office, Judicial Department, Courts, MoJ Penitentiary Department and other state agencies, 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 18:00, July 15, 2016, contacting Ms.Karine Ghazaryan at; 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

Draft agenda of the event is enclosed.

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