The Human Rights Defender received complaints on the incident of violence against children: the teacher was reprimanded

The Human Rights Defender received complaints on the incident of violence against children: the teacher was reprimanded

A citizen requested the Human Rights Defender’s assistance with regard to the issue of occasional acts of violence by a teacher of physical education towards their son, a 6th-grade pupil, and the latter’s classmates, in one of the regional schools. According to the citizen’s complaint, the parents have informed the Director of the school about

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The Human Rights Defender initiated a discussion procedure with regard to issues on both the case of death of the 16-year-old girl and the complaints from the father of the accused

The Human Rights Defender initiated a discussion procedure with regard to issues on both the case of death of the 16-year-old girl and the complaints from the father of the accused

The Human Rights Defender initiated a procedure with regard to both the case of the death of 16-year-old girl, and the two complaints addressed to the Defender by Ara Sukiasyan, the father of Rafayel Sukiasyan, who is accused of the murdering the girl. Within an unannounced visit to Armavir penitentiary institution on January 22, the

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The Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional legislative regulations allowing treatment of children and incapable persons in psychiatric hospitals without considering their opinions based on the application of the Human Rights Defender

The Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional legislative regulations allowing treatment of children and incapable persons in psychiatric hospitals without considering their opinions based on the application of the Human Rights Defender

The Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional legislative regulations allowing treatment of children and incapable persons in psychiatric hospitals without considering their opinions based on the application of the Human Rights Defender. The Constitutional Court set the 1st of June of 2020 as a time period for repealing provisions recognized as unconstitutional, enabling the National Assembly to

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Թվային աշխարհում երեխաների իրավունքների վերաբերյալ սեմինար ինֆորմատիկայի ուսուցիչների համար

Թվային աշխարհում երեխաների իրավունքների վերաբերյալ սեմինար ինֆորմատիկայի ուսուցիչների համար

ՀՀ մարդու իրավունքների պաշտպանի աշխատակազմը մարտի 5-ին «Կասպերսկի» ընկերության հետ համատեղ կազմակերպել է «Մեծահասակները և երեխաները թվային աշխարհում» խորագրով սեմինար հանրակրթական դպրոցների ինֆորմատիկա առարկայի ուսուցիչների համար: Սեմինարին մասնակցել են ինֆորմատիկայի ուսուցիչներ Երևանի շուրջ 100 հանրակրթական դպրոցներից: Միջոցառմանը քննարկվել են թվային միջավայրում երեխաների անվտանգությանը և նրանց իրավունքների պաշտպանությանը վերաբերող հարցեր: Հատկապես ընդգծվել է, որ թվային միջավայրում

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At the Defender’s assistance, a social benefit of 1 million AMD for the third child born in the Russian Federation was assigned to a citizen of the Republic of Armenia

At the Defender’s assistance, a social benefit of 1 million AMD for the third child born in the Russian Federation was assigned to a citizen of the Republic of Armenia

A citizen of the Republic of Armenia residing in the Russian Federation applied for the Human Rights Defender’s assistance in receiving a one-time benefit for the third childbirth. The citizen informed that their third child was born in the Russian Federation, and the state registration of the birth was recorded by the competent authority of

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The message of the Human Rights Defender: Educated, informed and respectful children are our future

The message of the Human Rights Defender: Educated, informed and respectful children are our future

The RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan congratulated children on the occasion of International Day for Protection of Children. The message reads: “Dear children, I congratulate you on the occasion of June 1, International Day for Protection of Children, and wishing you a carefree childhood, happy family and reliable future. We should do everything for

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At the Human Rights Defender’s assistance, two families were provided with tablets for distance learning

At the Human Rights Defender’s assistance, two families were provided with tablets for distance learning

Residents of several regions applied to the Human Rights Defender to receive support in guaranteeing the right of children to distance learning. They informed that due to poor social conditions, they are unable to provide children with a computer, which results in the denial of the children’s right to receive education. As a result of

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How to tell children about coronavirus? The Human Rights Defender presents the Armenian version of the international guide

How to tell children about coronavirus? The Human Rights Defender presents the Armenian version of the international guide

The Human Rights Defender presents the Armenian version of the international guide telling about the coronavirus for children, in collaboration with psychologist Ms. Seda Musayelyan and teacher Ms. Varvara Melkonyan. Coronavirus, as the hero of the guide, tells the children about itself, how to protect themselves from the virus, etc. It gives children and parents

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Using family tragedy and private life to collect likes and views is impermissible: The Human Rights Defender’s statement about the photos published on the internet

Using family tragedy and private life to collect likes and views is impermissible: The Human Rights Defender’s statement about the photos published on the internet

After the tragic death of a father and children, personal information and even photos from the scene are spread on the Internet. Moreover, in some cases it is done in a way that person’s private life and family tragedy become subject of manipulation. The ongoing “discussions” look for those who are guilty, in some cases

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The child’s best interest is a priority in every situation

The child’s best interest is a priority in every situation

Following the event dedicated to the discussion of a sexual education book for children the Human Rights Defender examined the public discussions.   It is in the child’s best interest to be brought up and raised in the family, under the care and attention of parents.   The Constitution of Armenia provides that parents have

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Disability should not be an obstacle to individual development and progress: International Day of Disabled Persons in the National Autism Center

Disability should not be an obstacle to individual development and progress: International Day of Disabled Persons in the National Autism Center

The UN General Assembly declared December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A disability should not be an obstacle to the individual’s development and progress. The protection of rights of persons with disabilities, ensuring an accessible environment, and respect for persons with disabilities should become a priority for all of us.   The Human

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Violations were recorded in Gavar Special School No. 1: The Human Rights Defender has summarized the results of the monitoring

The Human Rights Defender has summarized the results of the unannounced visit to the “Gavar Special School No. 1” state non-profit organization. During the visit, the conditions of child care, the state of protection of children’s rights and freedoms, as well as the issues with regar to children’s right to education were examined. Private interviews

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The number of complaints on domestic violence cases addressed to the Human Rights Defender has doubled

The number of complaints on domestic violence cases addressed to the Human Rights Defender has doubled

In 2019 the Human Rights Defender received 100 complaints with regard to domestic violence, which is almost two times more than the number of complaints (50) from the last year. During 2018, as well as 2019, the majority of the complaints addressed to the Human Rights Defender were on the violence committed by a husband

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The Human Rights Defender visited to the Gavar orphanage and got acquainted with its conditions on the spot

The Human Rights Defender visited to the Gavar orphanage and got acquainted with its conditions on the spot

Today, within the working visit of the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan to Gegharkunik region, he also visited “Gavar orphanage” SNCO to get acquainted with the meat supply issue. The staff of the orphanage clarified to the Defender that the children had not consumed the meat. According to the orphanage’s deputy director, the issue was

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We should teach children independent living skills, believe in their potential and keep their dignity high: Arman Tatoyan

We should teach children independent living skills, believe in their potential and keep their dignity high: Arman Tatoyan

Months ago, the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan made an unannounced visit to School N14 for Children with Visual Impairments. One of the pupils, Victoria, had trusted the Defender her little secret, which has already become a reality. Details are available in the video:

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The Defender Visited “Prkutyun” Center for Disabled Children and Youth

The Defender Visited “Prkutyun” Center for Disabled Children and Youth

Today, the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan visited “Prkutyun” Center for Disabled Children and Youth NGO. The Defender highlighted the importance of teaching independent living skills to persons with disabilities and believing in their potential. Within the course of the visit, attention was paid to issues with regard to medical assistance, care of the center’s beneficiaries, maintaining

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We should treat families with special care and with high State commitment

We should treat families with special care and with high State commitment

Dear Compatriots, I cordially congratulate all of us on the occasion of International Family Day. Family is the basis for the population preservation and reproduction. In Armenia, family is always under protection and care of the State. Families based on love and respect are the basis of forming high moral values and constitute the axis

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The Human Rights Defender urges to refrain from involving children in protests which are not in their interest

The Human Rights Defender urges to refrain from involving children in protests which are not in their interest

During the May 14 protests in the courtyard of Yerevan First Instance Court, the protests separated into two groups were accompanied by mutual insult, calls containing intolerance and hate speech. Children also took part in the protests. Their posters also included writings with elements of insults, intolerance and hate speech. In the videos circulated through

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We should teach our children independent living skills: The Human Rights Defender had meetings in Gyumri

We should teach our children independent living skills: The Human Rights Defender had meetings in Gyumri

The Human Rights Defender visited Gyumri, had meetings with the representatives of NGOs that work with persons with disabilities and persons having social issues, as well as got acquainted with the activities of Aregak Bakery and Café. Tigranuhi Hakobyan, Project Coordinator at “Emili Aregak” Center for Children and Youth with Multiple Disabilities, Gayane Grigoryan, Project

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The child’s best interest is a priority in every situation

The child’s best interest is a priority in every situation

Following the event dedicated to the discussion of a sexual education book for children the Human Rights Defender examined the public discussions. It is in the child’s best interest to be brought up and raised in the family, under the care and attention of parents. The Constitution of Armenia provides that parents have a right

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We should teach our children skills for independent living and value their dignity’, Arman Tatoyan made an unannounced visit

We should teach our children skills for independent living and value their dignity’, Arman Tatoyan made an unannounced visit

The Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan made an unannounced visit to the Yerevan Special School N14 for Children with Visual Impairments. He examined the school conditions, had private interviews with children and became acquainted with children’s daily life. “Our goal is to guarantee the rights of children who study at this school, to eliminate stereotypes

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The number of visits by the Defender to the child care and protection institutions has increased 11 times: statistics

The number of visits by the Defender to the child care and protection institutions has increased 11 times: statistics

Unannounced visits to child care and protection institutions by the Human Rights Defender’s Office has increased 11 times in 2018. During the 10 months of 2016, 3 visits were conducted; in 2017 – 19 visits; in 2018 – 215. During the visits a number of issues have been recorded and specific measures have been taken

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Cases of children living in special schools without legal grounds, violence among children, information on labor exploitation: The Defender summarizes the results of the monitoring

Cases of children living in special schools without legal grounds, violence among children, information on labor exploitation: The Defender summarizes the results of the monitoring

The Human Rights Defender summarized the results of monitoring visits to 8 special schools for child care and protection, a boarding school and an orphanage. In the establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science, Yerevan Municipality and Shirak Regional Administration the following main issues have

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Impermissible sanitary-hygienic conditions in schools and kindergartens: the Defender published an ad hoc report

Impermissible sanitary-hygienic conditions in schools and kindergartens: the Defender published an ad hoc report

In schools and kindergartens of Armenia the sanitary-hygienic conditions of toilets, lack of hot water and accommodation for children with disabilities, as well as the means of using drinking water are impermissible. This was stated by the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan while presenting his ad hoc report on the right of access to water

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The situation in the Avshar village school violates the pupil’s right to education: the details of the visit to the school

The situation in the Avshar village school violates the pupil’s right to education: the details of the visit to the school

Yesterday, representatives of the Defender’s Office were dispatched to the secondary school of Avshar village of Ararat region, met and had interviews with the school’s principal, teachers, and pupils, as well as the police officers who were at the school at the time of the visit. The visit was based on the results of the

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As a result of the Defender’s visit, six children were transferred from a special school to an inclusive one: a follow up visit was conducted to the Yerevan Special School N2

As a result of the Defender’s visit, six children were transferred from a special school to an inclusive one: a follow up visit was conducted to the Yerevan Special School N2

The Human Rights Defender made an unannounced visit to the Yerevan Special School N2 under the authority of the Yerevan Municipality. He got acquainted with the situation in the institution of child care and protection, as well as with the work undertaken to solve the problems that had been recorded during the monitoring visit last

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The Defender’s representatives paid unannounced visits to children’s care and protection institutions

The Defender’s representatives paid unannounced visits to children’s care and protection institutions

From 19 to 21 December the Child Rights Protection Unit of the Human Rights Defender’s Office paid unannounced visits to Gyumri Special School N3, Children’s Care and Protection Boarding School N 2 named after Fridtjof Nansen, “Trchunyan Tun” Educational Complex – Orphanage. During the visits, private interviews were held with children, the conditions of children

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“We attach importance to the right of a child to be heard”. On Universal Children’s Day the Defender met Vahagn (video)

“We attach importance to the right of a child to be heard”. On Universal Children’s Day the Defender met Vahagn (video)

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day Dr. Arman Tatoyan met with Vahagn Serobyan, who expressed his wish to meet the Human Rights Defender of Armenia. Vahagn who studies in the 5th grade, was interested in the procedure of applying to the Defender, as well as told about his daily activities and preferences. “We attach

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Monitoring visits aimed at guaranteeing rights of children

Monitoring visits aimed at guaranteeing rights of children

The representatives of the Human Rights Defender’s Office are in Syunik province within a working visit. They conduct monitoring at schools and kindergartens. The visit is conducted by the relevant specialists with questionnaires and special methods developed in advance. The aim is to examine the state of children’s rights, reveal existing issues and contribute to

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The Human Rights Defender’s Institution became full member of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children

The Human Rights Defender’s Institution became full member of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children

Full membership of the Human Rights Defender’s Institution to the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children will provide new opportunities for the exchange of experience and necessary information. The establishment of the Unit for Children’s Rights Protection and results recorded during the performance of its activities lead to the full membership to the Network. Moreover,

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Future lawyers visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Future lawyers visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Pupils of high school N42 after Taras Sevchenko visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office. They met Eduard Israyelyan, the Head of Child Rights Protection Unit  and Lusine Sargsyan, the Head of Human Rights Research and Educational Center. Future lawyers got acquainted with the activities of the Child Rights Protection Unit, the opportunities provided by the website

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Protection of child’s rights at special institutions should be improved: a legal analysis on the main guidelines has been published

Protection of child’s rights at special institutions should be improved: a legal analysis on the main guidelines has been published

The Human Rights Defender’s Office drafted a legal analysis on the guidelines of RA Human Rights Defender’s activities in the protection of child’s rights. Progress in the field of child’s rights protection in Armenia entails provision of all the necessary conditions for a child to live in a family, to be loved and receive cared

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Ad հoc report on the activities of Custodian and Guardianship Bodies and Commissions has been published

Ad հoc report on the activities of Custodian and Guardianship Bodies and Commissions has been published

Ad հoc public report on Custodian and Guardianship Bodies and Custodian and Guardianship Commissions has been prepared at the Human Rights Defender’s Office of Armenia. The report enabled to reveal the following main issues: representatives of the Custodian and Guardianship Commissions work on a voluntary basis, which is a significant obstacle for professional and motivated work

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Presentation of the results of “Young Voices” survey

Presentation of the results of “Young Voices” survey

On November 20, Universal Children’s Day, the Armenian representation of the organisation “Save the Children” in cooperation with “World Vision Armenia” and the Human Rights Defender’s Office presented the results of a survey “Young Voices”. The survey in Armenia was conducted among 1200 children from all the ten Provinces and the city of Yerevan. It was aimed at

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Conclusions and recommendations of a preventive nature will be presented in respect of the incident at School after John Kirakosyan

Conclusions and recommendations of a preventive nature will be presented in respect of the incident at School after John Kirakosyan

The Human Rights Defender’s Office initiated discussion procedure upon its own initiative in respect of the alleged violation of the pupil’s right studying at School N 20 after John Kirakosyan in Yerevan. Immediately after the event gained publicity, the Human Rights Defender’s Office contacted the child’s mother and held a private conversation with her. The

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The Defender visited Gyumri special school N3 and the nursing home

The Defender visited Gyumri special school N3 and the nursing home

On November 10, RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan visited the nursing home of Gyumri and the Gyumri special school N3 for mentally immature children. During the visit the relevant documents and human rights protection of children and people at the nursing home were examined Prior to that, representatives of the Child Rights Protection Unit

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Pupils of “Ayb” School visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Pupils of “Ayb” School visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office

On November 11, “Ayb” school pupils visited the Human Rights Defender’s Office. The Head of the Child Rights Protection Unit, Eduard Israyelyan, and the Head of Human Rights Research and Educational Center, Lusine Sargsyan presented the institution’s activities, spoke about child rights and presented the opportunities provided by the website http://children.ombuds.am/ which was launched lately.

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The Defender applied to the Constitutional Court for making school textbooks free of charge

The Defender applied to the Constitutional Court for making school textbooks free of charge

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan applied to the Constitutional Court in regard to the constitutionality of textbooks’ fees at the state schools of general education. Specifically, the RA Law on Education stipulates that textbooks shall be provided free of charge only for pupils of 1st to 4th classes, while for those studying at fifth or

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Unannounced Visit to the Gyumri Child Care and Protection Boarding School #1

Unannounced Visit to the Gyumri Child Care and Protection Boarding School #1

Representatives of the National Preventive Mechanism and the Child Rights Protection Unit made an Unannounced Visit to the Gyumri Child Care and Protection Boarding School #1 under the RA Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, carrying out the task assigned by the Human Rights Defender. The Office of the Human Rights Defender reports that during

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The Human Rights Defender had a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

The Human Rights Defender had a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

On January 18, the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan had a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland Jerzy Marek Nowakowski. Within the meeting the cooperation issues in the field of human rights protection were discussed, particularly, issues related to the protection of children rights, the role of the Human

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Human Rights Defender and Kaspersky Lab launch “Safe Child” project

Human Rights Defender and Kaspersky Lab launch “Safe Child” project

Today, the Human Rights Defender had an official meeting with the regional representatives of “Kaspersky Lab” company Armen Karapetyan and Samvel Zaqaryan. During the meeting the protection child’s rights in web environment, the cooperation directions for improvement of children and their parents’ skills on safe Internet usage and awareness raising about the security rules were

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Representative of the Defender presented the principles of proper coverage in regard to problems of persons with disabilities

Representative of the Defender presented the principles of proper coverage in regard to problems of persons with disabilities

On 9 February Gohar Simonyan, the representative of Department for Legal Analysis, attended the two-day training dedicated to proper coverage of issues concerning children and adults with disabilities, which was organized due to the assistance of “Save the Children” and “Center for Media Initiatives”. Gohar Simonyan presented to the training participants the international obligations of

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“Safe child” mutual project will promote the protection of the child rights in internet environment

“Safe child” mutual project will promote the protection of the child rights in internet environment

On 14th of February the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan, the RA Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan and the regional representatives of the “Kasperski Laboratory” Armen Karapetyan and Samvel Zaqaryan had a joint meeting. The meeting was aimed at implementing “Safe Kid” project in the scope of the cooperation, which should promote the

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An informational security component will be invested in educational programmes. The Ombudsman has signed a trilateral memorandum

An informational security component will be invested in educational programmes. The Ombudsman has signed a trilateral memorandum

The RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan, the RA Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan, and the head of “Kaspersky Lab” JSC Evgeniy Kaspersky have signed a trilateral memorandum of cooperation on information and Internet security for children in the field of education. After the signing ceremony a working consultation took place during which

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Ombudsman presented the activates conducted for the protection of child’s rights to the UN representatives

Ombudsman presented the activates conducted for the protection of child’s rights to the UN representatives

Today, the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan invited at a High-Level Discussion in Geneva dedicated to implementation the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development made a special speech. The Defender presented the ongoing work in the field of protection of children’s rights in Armenia to the participants of the discussion, including the UN High Commissioner

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The Human Rights Defender’s representatives were in Serbia on an official visit

The Human Rights Defender’s representatives were in Serbia on an official visit

On March 20-24, 2017, Representatives of the Human Rights Defender’s Office were on a working visit in the Republic of Serbia. The purpose of the visit was to study the activities of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia and the Citizens Defender’s Office in Serbia, as well as exchange of experience between the institutions, in

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The Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan had an official visit to Syunik province

The Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan had an official visit to Syunik province

On 10 April the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan had an official visit to Syunik province. During the visit reception of citizens from Karashen, Kornidzor and Tegh communities was organized. The Defender examined the issues raised by the citizens and will start discussion procedures on some of the complaints within the mandate of the Defender.

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The Human Rights Defender have met the representatives of “Full Life” Non-Governmental Organization

The Human Rights Defender have met the representatives of “Full Life” Non-Governmental Organization

Arman Tatoyan, the Human Rights Defender and Lusine Sargsyan, the Head of Department for Legal Analysis of the Defender’s Office had a working meeting with the President of the “Full Life” NGO Suren Maghakyan and the Director of “Independent Life” Centre Nune Pepanyan. The Defender met with the Center’s specialists and got acquainted with their

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Congratulatory address of RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan on the occasion of International Day for Protection of Children

Congratulatory address of RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan on the occasion of International Day for Protection of Children

The Republic of Armenia is an integral part of the international system responsible for children’s rights protection. Today, on 1June we are not only celebrating International Day for Protection of Children, but also once again reaffirming our commitment to ensure every child’s interest and their every right. Unfortunately, there are fields in our country where

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Children from the FAR Children Support Center at the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Children from the FAR Children Support Center at the Human Rights Defender’s Office

Today, on the occasion of International Day for Protection of Children the Human Rights Defender’s Office hosted children from Children Support Center of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR). During the visit, Lusine Sargsyan, Head of Department for Legal Analyses and Eduard Israyelyan, Head of Child Rights Protection Unit congratulated children and presented the scope

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Ombudsman received the Ambassador of Japan to Armenia Eiji Taguchi

Ombudsman received the Ambassador of Japan to Armenia Eiji Taguchi

RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan received the Ambassador of Japan to Armenia Eiji Taguchi. During the meeting the Defender presented the provisions of the new Constitutional Lawon Human Rights Defender. Specifically, the Defender presented the provision based on which he conducts monitoring regarding the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the

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Upon the Defender’s recommendation the issue of foreign language teaching to children with hearing disabilities has been resolved

Upon the Defender’s recommendation the issue of foreign language teaching to children with hearing disabilities has been resolved

With an application to the Defender the parents of children studying at Special Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disabilities of Yerevan raised the issue of not teaching any other foreign language except Russian at the Educational Complex. After the examination of the application it was revealed that according to the 2016-2017 exemplary teaching programme

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The interests of child shall receive priority attention: the Defender on the situation at the school in Pyunik

The interests of child shall receive priority attention: the Defender on the situation at the school in Pyunik

The Human Rights Defender’s Office started a discussion procedure upon its initiative on the situation at the secondary school of Pyunik village in Kotayq Province. The issue was discussed with RA Ministry of Education and Science, as well as with RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The educational process at the secondary school of

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The Defender encouraged “Orran” children from to study well

The Defender encouraged “Orran” children from to study well

On January 26, children of the “Orran” benevolent NGO accompanied by the staff members visited the Human Rights Defender’s office. During the visit, they got familiarized with the activities of the Child Rights Protection Unit of the Defender’s Office, the opportunities provided by the website http://children.ombuds.am/ and had a meeting with the Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan.

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