ArmInfo.In Geneva, on January 23, during the 35th session, the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council reviewed the 3rd periodic report of Armenia on achievements and existing problems in the field of human rights protection in the Republic of Armenia.
As reported by ArmInfo in the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Artak Apitonyan.
The delegation also included Deputy Minister of Justice Kristina Grigoryan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zhanna Andreasyan, Deputy Prosecutor General David Melkonyan, Chief of Staff of the Police Armen Ghukasyan, Head of the Central Election Commission Tigran Mukuchyan.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs presented the report, referring to the steps taken in Armenia in the field of human rights, legislative reforms and established good practice.
In his speech, Artak Apitonyan confirmed the readiness of the Armenian authorities to continue promoting human rights and democracy in the country as a key obligation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, pointing out the need to deepen cooperation with various UN structures, in particular, from the point of view of fulfilling international obligations undertaken by Armenia.
About a hundred representatives of UN member countries delivered speeches on human rights in Armenia. Many countries praised the progress achieved in the republic after the velvet revolution in the field of democracy and the fight against corruption, asked questions and made suggestions.
In turn, the members of the Armenian delegation presented each achievement in their field and problems in the field of human rights protection, answered questions from delegates of the UN member states and provided clarifications.
According to the UPR procedures, the recommendations of the UN member countries will be carefully studied, and the position of Armenia on them will be presented at the June session of the Human Rights Council.