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The Helsinki Association Human Rights NGO invites a round-table discussion on “Guaranteeing the rule of law, human rights and fair trials in Armenia as a means of promoting democracy”The discussion is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, from 11.00 to 13.00 at the Garni conference hall in the Ani Plaza Hotel (located at Sayat-Nova Ave. 19, Yerevan).

HAHR has extended this invitation to embassy representatives, international organizations, state structures, fellow Human Rights NGOs, advocates and journalists.

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In 1997, on the recommendation of the Economic and Social Council, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the 26th of June United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The day's focus is the struggle for the elimination of torture and the effective implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the “Torture Convention”) adopted on 10 December 1984.

“Torture is a vicious attempt at breaking a person’s will. On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I urge all States to end impunity for perpetrators and eradicate these reprehensible acts that defy our common humanity.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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A former North Carolina Supreme Court justice joined a crowd of people across the street from the state Legislative Building on Wednesday to speak out against changes lawmakers have proposed for how judges across the state make it to the bench.

Lawmakers opened a special session Wednesday with no clear signs that judicial reform proposals would be on their agenda.

But the protesters were lingering in the halls of the Legislative Building to be ready for any surprises.

At the Fair Courts Day of Action, the groups gathered to draw attention to a number of reforms proposed by lawmakers, including new election lines for judicial candidates seeking District Court and Superior Court seats, abandoning elections for an appointment process that would give the General Assembly a key role or creating an election system in which judges have to run for office every two years.

Timmons-Goodson, a Democrat, also worked as a district court judge in North Carolina for 11 years before serving an eight-year stint on the state Court of Appeals. President Barack Obama nominated her for a seat on the federal bench in the Eastern District of North Carolina, but Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, never put forward the paperwork necessary to put her name before the Senate for consideration.

 As a longtime member of the judiciary at many levels, Timmons-Goodson said the courts in this state and country were built on a foundation of independence so they could provide checks on the executive and legislative branches of government.

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On April 29, 2019, a second meeting-discussion on “Advocating Advocates' Rights in Armenia” will be held by “Helsinki Association” human rights NGO.

The purpose of the discussion is to present the issue of disciplinary persuits with the application of judicial sanctions against advocates in Armenia, the current situation of hindering them to perform their professional functions, as well as statistics of relevant reports on the obstacles and consequent outcomes. 

The meeting will take place at 12:00-14:00 in Nairi Conference Hall of Ani Plaza Hotel (at Sayat-Nova 19, Yerevan).

 

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