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EU and Armenia have constructive exchange on human rights

June 6, 2017

On 29 May the European Union and Armenia held their eighth annual Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels. The EU and Armenia welcomed the continued progress on human rights in Armenia and positive developments represented in the new Constitution.

The EU stressed the need for a proper follow-up of all electoral violations, highlighted the importance of a free and pluralistic media environment and encouraged Armenia to increase the participation of women and national minority representatives in politics.

The parties will continue to cooperate to support equality between men and women. The EU encouraged Armenia to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

The EU noted the progress made by Armenia in legislation preventing torture and ill-treatment, and stressed the need to implement the UN CAT Concluding Observations, including an independent and impartial mechanism for effective investigation and prosecution of certain crimes against human rights and freedoms committed by representatives of law enforcement agencies.

Prior to the dialogue, the EU had met with and consulted representatives of Armenian and international civil society.

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