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Armenia`s Human Rights Defender, U.S. official discuss refugees`  rights 

Armenia`s Human Rights Defender, U.S. official discuss refugees`  rights 

ArmInfo. Armenian Human Rights Defender Anahit Manasyan, at a meeting with the Director for European and Eurasian Affairs of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and  Labor of the US State Department, Christopher Anderson, presented the  scope of powers of the Human Rights Defender as a constitutional  body.

According to the Human Rights Office, she also spoke about the  priorities of her office, areas of activity, as well as current  problems in the field of human rights protection in the country, and  focused on discrimination and intolerance.

Particular attention was paid to protecting the rights of those  forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh.  She spoke about the  fact-finding carried out by her and her staff. In this context,  Anahit Manasyan noted that from the very first day she was actively  involved in these works, visiting Goris, Kornidzor and Vayk with her  employees, also performing work at night.

The documented information was summarized in the extraordinary report  of the Human Rights Defender, which was presented by the Ombudsman to  international organizations and entities mandated to protect human  rights, with an advisory section confirming its authenticity.

During the meeting, Manasyan also presented details of the research  work carried out in the disaster zone of Lori region, noted that,  together with representatives of the headquarters, she visited  settlements affected by the flood, and held private conversations  with a population of more than 50 people, including evacuated  families.

Among other things, issues were discussed in the context of  investigating cases related to the right to freedom of assembly,  torture and other forms of ill-treatment.   

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