Reference on performance of the actions to ensure implementation of the 2014-2019 Strategy on Maintenance and Improvement of Mental Health in Republic of Armenia: 2014-2016August 31, 2017 Reference
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor monitors the performance of the actions approved by the RA Government Decrees to make reforms in mental health.
The 2014-2019 Strategy on the Maintenance and Improvement of Mental Health in the Republic of Armenia and the List of Actions to Ensure its Implementation was approved by the RA Government Decree of April 17, 2014.
In 2015, HCA Vanadzor published the results of monitoring the performance of the actions of the Strategy planned for 2014-2015. This Reference presents the results of monitoring the actions planned for 2014-2016.
The Strategy is based on the responses to the inquiries sent to the entities responsible for implementation of the actions and co-implementing such actions.
While the implementation of the Strategy largely depends on financial investments, the entities responsible do not mostly address them in their responses. Judging by the monitoring results, the lack of cooperation among the co-implementing entities also negatively affected the implementation of the Strategy. The results and terms of the actions are not clear and measurable, which makes it difficult to assess them.
The Reference also covers suggestions on solving the identified problems and improving the progress in implementing the strategy. In particular, it was suggested:
- improving communication and co-operation among the bodies performing the actions;
- allocating and providing from the state and community budgets the funds necessary to perform the actions;
- setting up a monitoring group comprising representatives of public bodies and civil society to assess the implementation of the Strategy;
- excluding discriminatory wording in the documents prepared within implementation of the Strategy;
- formulating clear and measurable actions and outcomes in the plans of the actions ensuring implementation of strategies and concepts.
Only 6 out of the 30 actions planned for 2014-2016 were fully performed and 10 actions were not performed at all.
Full text of the Reference HERE
Now is the time to learn from those victims – and victims all over the world – and put peace above conflictSeptember 21, 2017
Armenians and Azerbaijanis must follow the example of TOGETHER and learn to respect each other’s refugees and see the humanity of their struggle. Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to fight, creating more casualties and more refugees. Now is the time to learn from those victims – and victims all over the world – and put peace above conflict.
This year’s theme of the International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” so we, the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly – Vanadzor, would like to invite every single person to join us in the progress towards building a Culture of Peace.
Vardine Grigoryan, Democracy Monitoring and Reporting Coordinator at HCA Vanadzor participated in the Annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) by the ODIHR in Warsaw where she presented remarks on the situation with freedom of assembly and space for human rights defenders, and the recent parliamentary elections.
“Инциденты с участием российских военнослужащих не связаны с убийством семьи Аветисянов, считает глава Ванадзорского офиса Хельсинкской гражданской ассамблеи, правозащитник Артур Сакунц.
On July 3, 2017 the RA Human Rights Defender’s Office applied to HCA Vanadzor seeking its suggestions and comments on the draft RA Law on Making Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Armenia, draft RA Law on Making Changes and Amendments to the RA Law on Treatment of Arrestees and Detainers and on the draft RA Government Decree on Making Changes in the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia № 1543-N of August 3, 2009.
After alerts by HCA Vanadzor, Lori Marz (region) Governor’s Office provides the single mother with 4 minors with home and social supportSeptember 14, 2017
Back in last September, HCA Vanadzor addressed the extremely bad living conditions of Mariam Karapetyan and her minor children living in a wooden hut in an area called ‘Aghbi Garazhner’ in Vanadzor when some information was reported on the death of her 4-year-old daughter Rosa.
HCA Vanadzor filed with RA Prosecutor General’s Office report on initiating criminal proceedings on Gor Hakobyan’s deathSeptember 13, 2017
On August 29, 2017, the media outlets spread information that the police rendered harmless Gor Hakobyan, the man who took hostage a young woman at ‘Weekend’ non-functioning billiard club at 15/6, Rostovyan St., c. Yerevan. In its publication entitled: “Keeping a knife at a young woman’s throat, he demanded to invite 5 civilians and an attorney”, aravot.am news website referred to … Continue reading
On September 8, 2017 the RA Administrative Court resumed examining the case of V. Petrosyan, who took part in the protest in Mashtots Avenue in March 2016.
On May 30, 2017 Sari Tagh district protestor Hrachya Boyajyan’s defense attorney Arayik Zalyan, lawyer at HCA Vanadzor, filed with the European Court of Human Rights an application on his illegal arrest and detention.
Human Rights and Justice Advocates at Serious Risk in the OSCE Region. An Appeal from the Civic Solidarity PlatformSeptember 11, 2017
We call on all OSCE participating States to implement the OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, which are based on OSCE commitments and universally recognized human rights standards that the participating States are bound to respect.