Aim: to develop grass-root civic initiatives in Armenia by developing competences of representatives of local civic groups leading 4 concrete civic campaigns.
Aim: To cope with the issue of torture in joint efforts by making a contribution through the prevention of torture, the improvement of compensation mechanisms and documentation of torture as well as the provision of individual psychological and social rehabilitation services to torture survivors and their families.
Aim: to promote compliance of the RA police actions with the requirements of a democratic and lawful state.
Aim: The aim of the project is to raise the effectivity of the protection of the rights of target groups in the RA.
The project is aimed at the implementation of the Organization’s strategy.
Aim: To support the implementation of the strategy of the Organization.
Project title “Sustainability of HCA Vanadzor in the Light of Democracy and Human Rights Challenges in the RA” Implementation period September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017 Grant amount 104.000 USD Funding organization Open Society Foundations – Armenia Aim The long term aim of the project is to raise the effectiveness of the protection of human rights of the vulnerable … Continue reading
Project goal: Training of 70 LTOs/coordinators and 26 lawyers in observing and identifying electoral violations during the campaign period of 2017 Parliamentary Elections.
Receiving a clear picture of the campaign period of parliamentary elections 2017 through long-term observation conducted in all regions and electoral districts of Armenia.
Capacity Building of Local Observation Missions’ Component of ‘Long-term Electoral Assistance to the Election Related Stakeholders of Armenia’ ProjectMay 26, 2017
Project goal: To build a strong network of domestic observer organizations and individual observers from all regions of Armenia.
To develop the capacities of 250 non-partisan women and men in observing elections.
To promote statistical approach to election observation to identify electoral tendencies and practices.
Result: A report on implementation of IEOM recommendations was developed
The report was presented and disseminated among stakeholders
‘Capacity Building of Local Observation Missions’ Component of ‘Long-term Electoral Assistance to the Election Related Stakeholders of Armenia’ ProjectJanuary 23, 2017
Project goal: Hold observation capacity-building trainings in cooperation with partner organizations in the Project target marzes (regions) and Yerevan.
Create a database of trained observers and involve them in the observation of the council of elders elections in Vanadzor and Gyumri on October 2, 2016.
Goal: Assess the physical education needs of various population groups and particularly of representatives of the both sexes to find out how well the sport schools budgeting policy meets those needs.
Goal: study the recommendations and observations of the international observation missions at the elections starting from 2003 and particularly those of OSCE/ODIHR, PACE, CoE, Venice Commission and other institutions by analyzing their role in electoral reforms and the impact of those changes on the results of subsequent elections.
Goal: to promote trust-building between the two societies and enhance the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation process on the educational level.
Goal: to promote development of anti-discrimination culture in the RA. The Project aims to assist in developing anti-discrimination approaches among the RA police officers.
Goal: support for execution of the Organization’s strategy.
Georgian psychologists conducted a training for representatives of Armenian media outlets: How to build up an interview with a victim, what to avoid and what to pay attention toJune 18, 2018
The participants maintain that such trainings are a necessity especially for journalists working with vulnerable groups, as it is highly important to adhere to the ethical norms and not to harm the person when covering those themes.
The participants were mainly interested in the impartiality of choosing the place of performing military service by lot during the conscription and the corruption risks connected with it, the manifestations of unequal treatment when drawing lots, specific cases of deferment of compulsory military service, the structure of conscription, the issues relating to the structure of conscription committees as well as the amount of reimbursement for transportation costs given to servicemen in the case of basic leave being provided and other issues.
The project “Legal Clinic-2018” has commenced; the participants expect to become skilled in law and more competitive in the labor marketJune 12, 2018
On May 25, 2018 the theoretical stage of the HCA Vanadzor project “Legal Clinic-2018” commenced in Dilijan.
In the framework of the three-day theoretical training, the participants gained general knowledge of human rights and mechanisms of their protection and then consolidated their knowledge through practical work.
I still look forward to a judge of a first instance court, a court of appeal or a court of cassation on civil, administrative or criminal cases or a judge of a constitutional court apologizing publicly.
Today, on June 7, 2018, the RA Administrative Court rejected the claim of the RA Police against Mashtots Avenue protester G. Tonoyan and upheld in part the counterclaim filed by G. Tonoyan and her representative T. Siradeghyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor’s representative office in Yerevan.
French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian’s data have been removed from the “data bank of the aliens considered undesirable in the territory of the RA”June 4, 2018
Today, on June 4, 2018, HCA Vanadzor advocate Ani Chatinyan, the representative of French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian, was informed in a phone call from the RA National Security Service that Al. Varbedian’s data were removed from the “data bank of the aliens considered undesirable in the territory of the RA.”
Yet another court session was scheduled for May 30, 2018 in the framework of the examination of the claim against the decision of the National Security Service (the NSS) to ban French-Armenian public figure Alexandre Varbedian’s entry to the RA.
The representative of the Judicial Department did not deny at the court that the personal data of only the participants in the hearing on Zhirayr Sefilyan’s case were takenJune 2, 2018
The representative of the RA Judicial Department did not deny that the personal data of only the participants in the court session on Zhirayr Sefilyan’s case were taken and then destroyed. However, he insisted that the participants in all the sessions were searched.
9 criminal cases have been initiated on the basis of the 19 reports submitted by HCA Vanadzor in connection with the protests that occurred from April 17 to 25, 2018. The law enforcement agencies have also provided information on the criminal cases relating to the protests and on their progressMay 31, 2018
9 criminal cases have been initiated (or have been included in the already initiated criminal cases) on the basis of the 19 crime reports submitted by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor in connection with the cases of police officers and persons in civilian clothing using violence against participants in the non-violent, peaceful protests and acts of civil disobedience from April 17 to 25, 2018 and journalists covering those events as well as hindering the movement of protesters.
Activists from the South Caucasus, the Czech Republic and Russia shared their experience in civic campaigns in the framework of the Civic BarCamp that took place in VanadzorMay 28, 2018
From April 13 to 15, 2018, Civic BarCamp Vanadzor-2018 was held in Vanadzor upon the initiative of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor and the Czech organization NESEHNUTÍ – Independent Social Ecological Movement. For three consecutive days, around seventy activists from the South Caucasus, the Czech Republic and Russia shared their experience in civic campaigns and discussed the successful and unsuccessful examples.