ArmInfo.On December 1, Armenia's Human Rights Defender Anahit Manasyan, participated in the UNDP-organized Tbilisi Regional Conference on Improving the Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All.
Representatives of National Human Rights Institutions and state legal aid providers from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine convened in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 1-2 December for the Tbilisi Regional Conference on Improving the Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All. UNDP and Germany worked in partnership with the national governments and civil societies to organize this important regional forum.
The conference critically examined the rule of law trends in the four countries. Government officials and civil society representatives discussed lessons learned and best practices in strengthening institutions, ensuring access to justice for all, and supporting the resilience of the most disadvantaged communities.
The conference highlight was the adoption of the Tbilisi Declaration on Access to State-Guaranteed Legal Aid for Forcibly Displaced Populations. This document sets regional standards to promote people-centred approaches to access to justice, enhancing knowledge-building and coordination among state legal aid providers across Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Ms Manasyan emphasized that the modern world today faces various challenges that have a direct impact on the system of human rights protection. In this context, she raised issues related to the protection of the rights of forcibly displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh, the data collection work carried out by her and her staff, during which information was obtained on the humanitarian consequences of the blockade of the Lachin corridor, deaths, torture, desecration of corpses, self-harm and bad attitude, as well as other actions prohibited by international law.
Anahit Manasyan also touched upon the issues of protecting human rights related to the security of the borders of the Republic of Armenia.
The human rights defender reached a number of agreements on further cooperation with partner participants in the regional conference and expressed readiness to participate in new initiatives related to the protection of human rights.