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.

Cal for participation in inclusive education summer school

May 4, 2017

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March 30, 2017

On March 31, 2017, at 14:30, a roundtable public discussion entitled “Assessment of Pre-Election Processes in Armenia by Local and International Civil Society and Observer Organizations” will be held at at Congress Hotel, Ball room (1st Italy Street, Yerevan).

Political parties and alliances running for Parliamentary Elections 2017, government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, civil society and media are invited to attend the event.

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

Agenda of the event is enclosed.

Parnership Public Discussions: Questions to Political Parties and Alliances

February 23, 2017

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Armenia’s New Strategy to Help Those in Pain

February 17, 2017

Human Rights Watch: Armenia’s New Strategy to Help Those in Pain
Urgent Legal Changes Are Next Step to Get Treatment to Those in Need

Giorgi Gogia
About 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year, many spending their last days in excruciating pain.
But Armenia is taking an important step towards ending their suffering, and the government recently adopted a national strategy to introduce palliative care services, which focuses on treating pain and other physical symptoms, and provides psychosocial support for people with life-limiting illnesses. The strategy specifies reforms in policy, education, and medicines’ availability, and designates the responsible state institutions.
In July 2015, Human Rights Watch released a report showing the impact of untreated pain and lack of support services on the lives of cancer patients in Armenia. I interviewed many people who were dying – in horrible pain. Among them was Lyudmila, a 61-year-old kindergarten teacher. Her words were deeply personal:
“The pain attacks start unexpectedly and I start screaming and become a different person. … When it starts I can’t speak, I have pain attacks every night…. It’s inhumane pain, unbearable pain for a human being…”
Her experience was not an exception.
When curative treatment is no longer effective, patients with advanced cancer in Armenia are simply sent home. Abandoned by the health care system at arguably the most vulnerable time of their lives, people with life-limiting illnesses face pain, fear, and anguish without professional support. The support they need is palliative care.
Morphine, the mainstay medication for treating severe pain, is inexpensive and easy to administer, but fewer than 3 percent of those who need morphine in Armenia get it. That’s because the government has put in place nearly insurmountable bureaucratic barriers around the prescribing and dispensing of morphine.
The Armenian government has long recognized the need for palliative care, but regrettably it has taken officials over three years to develop and adopt the strategy and action plan.
The strategy recognizes the need to amend regulations restricting access to pain relief medications, and the government plans to review them in 2018. But thousands of cancer patients in Armenia have waited long enough.
Armenian authorities should urgently overhaul the regulations and promptly take the necessary steps to ensure that cancer patients can get the pain treatment they need – and to which they have the right.

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