CoE & EU HAVE PREPARED ARMENIAN TRAINERS

The Council of Europe has now trained 30 trainers from among Armenian lawyers and human rights defenders to apply the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Revised European Social Charter (RESC), with a particular focus on anti-discrimination standards. The last of four three-day training sessions for Trainers took place at Erebuni Plaza Business Center in Yerevan on 6 to 8 of February.

Thirty lawyers and human rights defenders were selected for training via competition to share their experiences with colleagues through a series of cascade trainings, which will start in March 2014. The newly certified trainers will continue to train others, even after the joint project of the Council of Europe and European Union is completed.

“I hope that the trainers will now build on the knowledge and skills they have acquired to conduct a successful series of cascade trainings that will help to enhance significantly the capacity of Armenian lawyers and human rights defenders to apply anti-discrimination law”, said Mr. Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. Traian Hristea underlined the importance of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European Social Charter application and wished trainers to reach a good success in spreading over their knowledge all over the country. In addition, Mr. Ara Zohrabyan, the Chairman of the Armenian Chamber of Advocates, welcomed the graduates and stressed the importance of their future active participation in raising awareness of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular on anti-discrimination topics. The Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia is the key local partner in this project.

This activity is organized within the framework of the Council of Europe and European Union Joint Programme “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)”. It is a regional project implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

10.02.2014