Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor

“Ensuring the right to health in psychiatric institutions” project was launched

January 13, 2021

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EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme
for the Eastern Partnership

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Programme name:  COVID-19 Solidarity Programme 2020-2022


On 1 January 2021, the project “Ensuring the right to health in psychiatric institutions” was launched. The project is implemented by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office with the financial support of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. The project is implemented in the frame of the EU  “COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership” by the group of public monitors conducting monitoring in organizations that implement medical aid and services under the RA Ministry of Health. 

This programme aims to support CSOs in their response to the immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and is part of a broader set of activities carried out by a consortium of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (in cooperation with Federation Global Initiative in Psychiatry, FGIP), People in Need and AFEW International.



The aim of the project is to contribute to the rights of persons with mental health problems in psychiatric institutions in the conditions of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Envisaged activities


It is envisaged under the Project to carry out a legislative analysis, conduct monitoring of the right to health in psychiatric institutions and develop recommendations for the improvement of the situation. 


The following outcomes are expected after the implementation of the Project:


-compliance with international standards of the domestic legislation on ensuring the right to health in psychiatric institutions,  

-strengthening the safeguards of the right to health in psychiatric institutions,


-increase in the level of ensuring human rights in psychiatric institutions,


-increase in the level of public awareness about the situation of human rights in psychiatric institutions.



[1]This publication has been prepared with the support of the European Union. Its content is the responsibility of the author, i.e., Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor office, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union. 

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