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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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Human Right Watch World Report 2019 is released

World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.

In his keynote essay, “World’s Autocrats Face Rising Resistance,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth argues that while autocrats and rights abusers often captured headlines in 2018, rights defenders pushed back and gained strength in unexpected ways.

The 674-page book reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2018, usually in close partnership with human rights activists and groups in the country in question. It also reflects the work of our advocacy team, which monitors policy developments and strives to persuade governments and international institutions to curb abuses and promote human rights.

See the full version of the report at the following link. The report also addresses the events happened in Armenia.

For information on Armenia, please see the following link

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The Freedom House has released the Freedom in the World 2019 Report. It addresses the state of democracy in different countries around the globe and also touched upon the state of democracy in Armenia. The section on Armenia can be found at this link.

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Thailand should release refugee footballer

“If I Go to Bahrain, I Will Be Tortured Again”

Former Bahraini national footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is languishing in a Thai prison in grave danger of being deported back to Bahrain. There he could face an unfair trial, imprisonment and even torture.

Since 2011, Hakeem has spoken out against torture and other rights abuses in Bahrain. In 2014 he fled Bahrain after being unjustly convicted of vandalizing a police station, a crime that took place while he was playing football in a televised game. He has since been granted refugee status in Australia and is playing for an Australian team. Last December he went to Thailand with his wife for their honeymoon, but at the Bangkok airport was detained after Bahrain authorities issued an illegitimate INTERPOL “red notice” for his arrest. Although the red notice has since been lifted, Hakeem remains in detention.

As a registered football player, Hakeem should be protected by the strengthened human rights policy of FIFA, football’s international governing body. So far FIFA has not taken action on Hakeem’s behalf. We want this to change.

Please join our call and urge Thai authorities to stay true to Hakeem’s refugee status and allow him to return to Australia. If he is deported to Bahrain he would be at grave risk of serious abuses.

We need your help! Take action.

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The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published the report of her visit to Armenia carried out in September 2018. The report focuses on women’s rights, gender equality and domestic violence; the human rights of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups; and accountability for past human rights violations. For more information, visit the following link. The Armenian version of the report here.

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