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Range of issues in focus at EU-Armenia human rights dialogue

December 16, 2014

Reform of the judiciary and the functioning of civil society were among the issues discussed at the sixth round of the EU-Armenia dialogue on Human Rights on 11 December in Brussels. The dialogue allowed for an exchange of views on the human rights situation both in Armenia and in the EU, a press release said.
The talks focused on the national framework for the protection of human rights, the reform of the judiciary, elections and electoral framework, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and association, the functioning of civil society, anti-discrimination policy, fight against torture and freedom of religion and belief.
 “The dialogue was held in an open and constructive atmosphere, with an exchange on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and concern,” a press release said, adding the sides had also examined “possibilities for concrete cooperation in the field of human rights” in international fora, in particular at the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.
The Armenian delegation was lead by Deputy Foreign Minister Garen Nazarian, and also included the Deputy Minister of Justice Arman Tatoyan. The EU Delegation was headed by Silvio Gonzato, Director, EEAS, Human Rights and Democracy, European External Action Service, and Elisabeth Tison, Head of Division.
The meetings under the Armenia-EU human rights dialogue are convened once a year, alternatively in Yerevan and Brussels. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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