Monday, April 8 2019 20:44
Marianna Mkrtchyan

EU and Armenia held the 10th round of their regular Human Rights  Dialogue in Brussels

EU and Armenia held the 10th round of their regular Human Rights  Dialogue in Brussels

ArmInfo. On 8 April 2019, the  European Union and Armenia held the 10th round of their regular Human  Rights Dialogue in Brussels, the press service of EU Delegation in  Armenia informs.

The EU and Armenia referred to their readiness to continue  implementation of the EU- Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced  Partnership Agreement (CEPA). After the latest elections in Armenia,  the expectations among Armenian citizens regarding the strengthening  of democracy and the rule of law, fight against corruption and  protection and enhancement of human rights are high. The CEPA commits  the EU and Armenia to strengthening respect for fundamental freedoms.  

At the meeting the EU and Armenia discussed freedom of assembly and   expression, electoral reforms, gender equality, antidiscrimination  policy, judicial and penitentiary reforms, as well as labour rights.  Further amendments to Armenia's media related legislation would  ensure greater transparency and plurality. 

Armenia confirmed its commitment to pursue justice reforms, notably  to the principle of equality before the law, to an independent  judiciary and to an effective mechanism of checks and balances. It is  crucial that Armenia adopts a comprehensive anti- discrimination law  in line with international standards and establishes a national  equality body under the Human Rights Defender's office. The Human  Rights Defender and his office have taken positive steps to set up  round-the-clock helplines and rapid response teams. 

The EU and Armenia discussed the preparation of the draft National  Strategy on Gender Equality 2019-2023. Both sides highlighted the  importance of raising public awareness and promoting gender equality,  especially through education, and reiterated its support to this end.

The EU and Armenia discussed the preparation of the draft National  Strategy on Gender Equality 2019-2023. Both sides highlighted the  importance of raising public awareness and promoting gender equality,  especially through education, and reiterated its support to this end.

Close co-operation between the Armenian authorities and the European  Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading  Treatment (CPT) would be beneficial. The Armenian National Prevention  Mechanism should continue capacity building to better monitor and  evaluate psychiatric institutions and the police and penitentiary and  juvenile institutions.

In line with its policy, the EU met and consulted representatives of  the Armenian and international civil society prior to the Human  Rights Dialogue. The Dialogue meeting resulted in operational  conclusions with concrete actions that will be monitored and followed  up over the next year.

The Armenian delegation was headed by Mr Avet Adonts, Deputy Minister  of Foreign Affairs, while the EU delegation was led by Mr Richard  Tibbels, Head of Division for bilateral relations with Eastern  Partnership countries at the European External Action Service. Mr  Arman Tatoyan, Armenian Human Rights Defender, and Ms Mara Marinaki,  Principal Advisor for gender issues from the European External Action  Service also participated in the meeting. 

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