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ONGOING PROJECTS

 



Reducing torture and ill treatment through stregthening preventive monitoring mechanisms in Armenia and Georgia

Goal: The programme aims to reduce torture and ill-treatment thriugh stregthening preventive monitoring mechanisms in Armenia and Georgia.

Dates: March 2016 - March 2018

Funded by: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 


Towards a Probation System in Armenia

Goal: The project aims to contribute to the establishment of a fully-fledged functioning Probation Service in Armenia through promotion of more effective enforcement of alternative sanctions.

Expected outcomes: 

1. Improved working mechanisms for implementation of alternative sanctions in Armenia.

2. Enhanced capacities and attitudes of relevant public bodies and CSOs engaged in enforcing the alternative sanctions.

3. Increased cooperation between relevant government stakeholders, CSOs and the  Probation Service to provide alternative services to offenders across Armenia.

Cost: 180.000 USD

Dates: January 2016 - December 2017

Funded by: UN Democracy Fund

 

Promoting community-focused responses to insecurity and conflict in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan

Goal: To enable remote conflict-affected communities in Armenia living near the international border with Azerbaijan to have a voice in security provision and peace-building processes, and increase support among Armenian government for community-based approaches to security provision, including in the longer term, to cross-divide initiatives.

Cost: 30.000 EUR

Dates: April 2015 - March 2017

Funded by: Saferworld / Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS


Better opportunities for reintegration of women ex-prisoners

Goal: This project is aimed to assist women prisoners to obtain profesison and engage in lawful activities, be empowered and not become victims of trafficking after release by facilitating their re-integration and providing them with a profession always in need. It will allow them improve their socio-economic situation and tackle discrimination. Hairdressing skills are handy and will allow them to find job and does not require much investments. The project will also contribute to occupation of prisoners while serving sentence.

Cost: 5000 EUR

Dates: June 2016 - September 2016 

Funded by: Embassy of Lithuania in Armenia  

 


Coalition for rebuilding trust

Goal: Contribute to the development of democracy, promotion of human rights, intercultural understanding and reconciliation in the region.

Objectives:

·         Capacity-building to support civil society efforts to promote protection of human rights, intercultural understanding and reconciliation in the region

·         Transfer of know-how to NGO sector on new methods in the field of transitional justice

·         Establishing cooperation channels between NGOs, media and other actors

Cost: 104.000 EUR

Dates: January 2013 – December 2015

Funded by: Norwegian Helsinki Committee financed by European Commission



Promoting the use of non-custodial sanctions in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Goal: To contribute to the criminal justice systems in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The specific objective of the project is to continue promoting the effective use of non-custodial and early release measures as a way of challenging the overuse of imprisonment and contributing to a decrease in the prison population in South Caucasus countries as well as proportionate responses to crime.

Cost: 23.000 USD

Dates: November 2013 - October 2015

Funded by: Penal Reform International (supported by UNDEF)


Exclusion of Torture and Forced Confessions as a Ground for Fair Trial

Goal: To enhance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms with the focus on torture and fair trial.

Objectives:

·         To raise judicial accountability related to proceedings of cases involving torture, and/or other evidence obtained through illegal means

·         To promote legislation amendments aimed at improving the situation of torture and ill-treatment application with the purpose of obtaining confessions and/or other evidence

·         To increase public awareness and non-tolerance of torture and ill-treatment

Cost: 150.000 EUR

Dates: January 2013 – December 2014

Funded by: European Commission//European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights



Promoting community-focused responses to insecurity and conflict in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan

Goal:  To enable remote conflict-affected communities in Armenia living near the international border with Azerbaijan to have a voice in security provision and peace-building processes, and increase support among Armenian government for community-based approaches to security provision, including in the longer term, to cross-divide initiatives. 

Cost: 32.290 EUR

Dates: January 2014 – December 2014

Funded by: Saferworld/ Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

 


 

Supporting Civil Society and Transformation in the Caucasus through Sharing of Experience between Visegrad NGOs

Goal: To encourage the public in active participation in the local communities, on the national level and also to promote cross-border regional cooperation as related to the development of democracy, civil society and cooperation for human rights protection.

Dates: February – December 2013

Partnered with: NGO NESEHNUTI Brno, Czech Republic 


Legal Initiative 2013: Municipal Elections

Goal: To protect citizens’ rights throughout the electoral process by maintaining the free legal hotline, operating “legal ambulance” cars, raising citizen awareness on their rights and implementing observation mission in Avan district of Yerevan.

Cost: AMD 7,442,500

Dates: April – May 2013

Co-funded by: Counterpart International/ USAID Armenia 



Promotion of Modern Concepts in the Administration of Juvenile Justice in Armenia

 Goals:

·         To raise awareness about children’s rights and promote legislative reform to ensure conformity of national laws with international norms and standards concerning the juvenile justice approach in particular

·         To promote the creation of legal framework for the local application of international standards on juvenile justice

·         To strengthen the role of civil society in the area of juvenile justice and carrying out rehabilitation services and promote the practical model of the rehabilitation centers in Armenia

Dates: May 2011 – November 2013

Funded by: Penal Reform International (through support by the European Commission)

Cost: EUR 120,000



Prevention of Legal Violation thriugh Awareness and Legal Initiatives

Goal: To strengthen civil society actors and increase cooperation with public authorities for pevention of legal violations and improvement of the human rights situation in general

Dates: November 2010 – August 2013

Funded by: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cost: EUR 154,200