Launched in November 2003 the "Partnership for Open
Society"
initiative is an open coalition of a number of
interested civil society actors in Armenia. The
Partnership strives towards promotion of democratic
reform process in Armenia.

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17.24%
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27.59%
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6.9%
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PARTNERSHIP STATEMENTS

2013-09-24 | Statements

“Encroachments upon Universal Values and Human Rights Advocates in Armenia: Strategies to Withstand”

                                                                                                                                 11 September 2013

 

As civic movements gain momentum in Armenia, identifiable and unidentifiable groups intensify their attacks on civil society initiatives, activists, and human rights advocates.

Although the various advocacy movements and civil society organizations promoting the rights of minorities and women act publicly and lawfully, these groups have, for a number of years now, been targets of various techniques of violence, such as battering, public threats, libel, insults, arsons, and the like: in totality, they essentially amount to terrorism.

Commanded and manipulated by unknown groups, universal values are regularly presented as false values, which contradict the identity of the Armenian nation; universal human rights are alleged to contravene the Armenian culture. Law-enforcement agencies only superficially respond to public calls for annihilating individuals and bombing offices, and no criminal investigations are initiated, thereby directly encouraging the authors of such threats and the perpetrators of abuse. On numerous occasions, libel and insults towards human rights advocates and a selected number of non-governmental organizations are multiplied and disseminated through biased mass media, discrediting the image of a number of individuals and organizations involved in the protection and promotion of human rights and gender equality issues.

Thus, the safeguards of the freedom to engage in activism have been jeopardized in a number of areas in Armenia.

Bearing in mind the foregoing, we, the participants of the discussion, hereby declare that the law-enforcement agencies of the Republic of Armenia are liable, through their criminal inaction, for the incitement of hatred towards marginalized groups and for the propagation of an atmosphere of impunity in Armenia.

We hereby demand the authorities - in the capacity of the guarantor of the Armenian Constitution and human rights and freedoms - to take immediate effective action to ensure compliance with the state’s positive obligations of safeguarding the constitutional rights of citizens and civic groups, and to respond effectively substantively to each and every case of actual or threatened violence targeted at public activists and organizations. Otherwise, inaction in this area may give rise to irreversible and grave consequences, for which the authorities of Armenia shall be fully responsible.

 

Open Society Foundations-Armenia

“Unison” NGO

“Rule of Law” Human Rights NGO

“Shirak Center” NGO

“Spitak Helsinki Group” NGO

“Collaboration for Democracy” NGO

The Public Monitoring Group At the Police Detention Facilities of the Republic of Armenia                      

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor NGO

“Ecolur” Information NGO

New Generation humanitarian NGO

Guarantee Center of Civil Society NGO

“Spiritual Armenia” Cultural NGO

Public Information and Need of Knowledge NGO

Media Center, Public Journalism Club

Women’s Resource Center NGO

Women’s Support Center NGO

Journalists’ Club “Asparez”

“Menk +” Social NGO

“Arena of Education” NGO

Socioscope NGO

A. D. Sakharov Armenian Human Rights Centre NGO

Committee for the Protection of Freedom of Speech NGO

Sose Women Issues NGO

“Journalists for Human Rights” NGO

Women’s Rights Center

Real World Real People

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center

Ecological Right NGO

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The Partnership for Open Society Initiative, representing more than 60 civil society organizations, is pleased to invite you to participate in public discussion series titled “Draft of New Electoral Code and Issues of Realization of Electoral Right in Armenia” in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor.

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Statement on the Drafting of the New Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia.

We would like to call your attention to the statement on the Drafting of the New Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia. The statement is open for signature.

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