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Civil Society Perspectives on EU-Armenia Relations

July 11, 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 “Civil Society Perspectives on EU-Armenia Relations.”
As a prime trade partner, prime investor and prime donor, the European Union pays particular attention to the implementation of systemic reforms and ensuring protection of human rights.
Negotiations on the new EU-Armenia comprehensive legal document on future cooperation have started. Civil society perceives this process as an opportunity for deepening relations.
Representatives of civil society, diplomatic missions, international organizations and media, active citizens, independent experts, government officials and parliamentarians will have an opportunity to voice their opinion and recommendations on the new document determining the EU-Armenia cooperation framework.
The event will take place on July 15, at 9:45, at DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan Hotel (Grigor Lusavorich 4/2, Yerevan Armenia).
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, July 13, 2016, 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

Draft agenda of the event is enclosed.



“The Role of Civil Society in Armenia’s Criminal Justice System”

June 20, 2016

The Open Society Foundations-Armenia and Penal Reform International – South Caucasus Office are pleased to invite you to participate in the public discussion on “the Role of Civil Society in Armenia’s Criminal Justice System”.
The event will take place on June 24, at 12:00, at Congress Hotel, Ball room (1st Italy Street, Yerevan).

The event is dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26); remembering and supporting the many victims and survivors of torture in Armenia. On this day, the world pays tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all.

Government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, civil society and media are invited to attend the event.
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, June 23, 2016, 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

Draft agenda of the event is enclosed.



Public Lecture: “Promoting Human Rights in an Era of Terrorism”

April 15, 2016

Aryeh_Neier

Aryeh Neier

President Emeritus
Open Society Foundations

Public Lecture: “Promoting Human Rights in an Era of Terrorism”

Start
April 22, 2016 4:00 pm
End
April 22, 2016 6:00 pm
Phone
+374 60 69 40 40
Email
info@aua.am
Venue
American University of Armenia, Alex and Marie Manoogian Hall
40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan, Armenia

Promoting human rights in an era of terrorism is very difficult because there is a strong temptation to try to prevent terrorist crimes by using repressive measures. For the most part, however, such measures are ineffective. At times, they tarnish the reputations of governments that employ them, making matters worse. The challenge is to find ways to fight terrorism while reducing the disaffection of young people that fosters their attraction to terrorism and their readiness to sacrifice their lives for such causes.

Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). Since 2012, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.

Neier is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and has published in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Foreign Policy. For a dozen years he wrote a column on human rights for The Nation. He has contributed more than 300 op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune. Author of seven books, including his most recent, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), Neier has also contributed chapters to more than 20 books.

He has lectured at many leading universities in the United States and worldwide. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Please see the event announcement at the AUA Calendar of Events and Facebook.

http://newsroom.aua.am/event/public-lecture-promoting-human-rights-in-an-era-of-terrorism/
https://www.facebook.com/events/561263447379042/


Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism’s Progress Report for Armenia.

March 30, 2016

The Partnership for Open Society Initiative, representing more than 60 civil society organizations, is pleased to invite you to participate in a presentation and public discussion on “Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism’s Progress Report for Armenia” in Yerevan and Gyumri. 

OGP IRM has published Progress Report for OGP Armenia’s second action plan for 2014-2016. During the public event Artak Kyurumyan, OGP IRM national researcher, will present the report and share observations about to what extent the country’s action plan and its commitments reflect the OGP values of transparency, accountability, and civic participation; to what extent the Armenian government follows OGP process requirements and guidance in the development and implementation of the plan; and to what extent the 2nd action plan is ambitious, as well as the progress made during the implementation of commitments. Representatives of the Armenian government and civil society are also invited as speakers to the discussion.

The IRM Progress Report for OGP Armenia can be found and commented here soon:

The event in Yerevan will take place on April 4, 2016, at 14:45, at Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall (1st Italy Street, Yerevan).

The event in Gyumri will take place on April 8, 2016, at 14:00, at Journalists’ Club “Asparez” (96 Poushkin Street, Gyumri).

Government officials, parliamentarians, OGP Working group members, representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, political parties, local self-government bodies, civil society and media are invited to attend the event.

Draft agenda of the event is enclosed. Simultaneous translation from Armenian to English and vice versa is provided in Yerevan.

Please inform about your decision to participate in the public discussions in Yerevan and/or Gyumri by 15:00, April 1, 2016, by contacting Ms.Karine Ghazaryan at karine@osi.am; or at 010 533862.

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



Public discussions about the Draft of New Electoral Code and Issues of Realization of Electoral Right.

March 25, 2016

The Partnership for Open Society Initiative, representing more than 60 civil society organizations, held public discussion series on Draft of New Electoral Code and Issues of Realization of Electoral Right in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor.

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The challenges of Draft of Electoral Code, including mechanisms for restoring public trust towards elections and securing civic engagement were brought to public attention.

In Gyumri and Vanadzor participants also discussed the upcoming changes where particularly the head of local self-government bodies shall be elected directly by electors as it is in Yerevan.

Vanadzor-PD

The speakers included: Artur Sakunts, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly–Vanadzor, Chairman; Heriknaz Tigranyan, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Legal Advisor; and Levon Barseghyan, Journalists’ Club “Asparez”, Chairman.

Gyumri-PD

Please follow the links to watch the full videos from:

Yerevan 

Gyumri

Vanadzor


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