Armenia: ”More efforts are needed to strengthen human rights protection”

Strasbourg, 09.05.2011 – “Some significant steps have been taken to address the human rights consequences of the March 2008 events, but more needs to be done to promote reconciliation in society and reinforce public trust towards the authorities”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report on his visit to Armenia carried out in January 2011. The report focuses on human rights issues related to the March 2008 events, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association, and the human rights situation in the army. Continue reading

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CoE Human Rights Commissioner Says March 2008 Wounds Need Healing

Armenia -- Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, at a news conference in Yerevan, 21Jan2011.

Armenia -- Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, at a news conference in Yerevan, 21Jan2011.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg has issued a press release on his recent visit to Armenia, which some opposition politicians claimed was an indication of increased pressure on official Yerevan to release jailed oppositionists. The release seems to pull ground away right from under the feet of such claims… Continue reading