States have various obligations before international human rights bodies, the mechanisms established by multilateral human rights treaties. One of such treaty is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to which Armenia is signatory since 1993. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, the Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
Yerevan, September 6, 2016. Human rights defender from Armenia, Chairperson of Civil Society Institute NGO Artak Kirakosyan, was elected as a Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
27 July 2016, Yerevan. On 27 July the Armenian police grossly violated and continue to violate the right to liberty and security of dozens of people. Over hundred persons were apprehended from the streets in Yerevan, police failed to notify them of any legal ground for deprivation of liberty.
The UN Committee to Eliminate Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has compiled a list of questions related to Armenia’s state report on the situation of women in the country, which will be considered during the Committee’s 65th Session.
As old as the Soviet Union collapse, one of the most disastrous conflicts in the region of the last 30 years, concerning the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, continues to kill. After an escalation of violence in April 2016, the deadliest since the ceasefireof1994, and a closed meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in May 2016 in Vienna, parties continue to accuse each other of cease-fire violations and no peace progress is in view.
18 July 2016, Yerevan. On the morning of 17 July 2016, it became known that a group of armed men forcibly entered the police regiment of the patrol service and took control of the territory and under threat of use of force hold captive policemen present there.
Interview of Artak Kirakosyan, Chairman of Civil Society Institute and Deputy General Secretary at the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) for the TV "Rain".
Link of the interview: https://tvrain.ru/teleshow/here_and_now/erevan_karabah-406683/
On March 22-25, 2016 Civil Society Institute in cooperation with PAN Photo organised photo training workshops for school students from borderline communities of Tavush region, Armenia.
FIDH and its member organisation in Armenia Civil Society Institute (CSI) would like to draw the attention to the case of "New Armenia" activist Gevorg Safaryan as an example demonstrating the misuse of the Penal Code by the law enforcement in order to exert pressure on activists. Detained on New Year’s Eve during a peaceful assembly, G. Safaryan faces prolonged imprisonment on charges of violence against police under Article 316 of the Penal Code.