Human rights in Armenia to face scrutiny by UN treaty body

9 July 2012

GENEVA – The human rights record of Armenia will face the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Monday 16 July and Tuesday 17 July in meetings that will be webcast live on the Internet.

As one of the 167 state parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is one of the primary international human rights treaties, Armenia is required to undergo regular examinations of its human rights record before the Human Rights Committee. Armenia was last considered before the Human Rights Committee in 1998.

In meetings which will take place on Monday 16 July from 17h00 to 19h00 and Tuesday 17 July from 12h00 to 15h00 Yerevan time, the Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the delegation of Armenia on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

The list of issues that are likely to come up in the dialogue can be found on:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/CCPR.C.ARM.Q.2_en.pdf

The Government of Armenia has already submitted a State report on implementation of its human rights obligations to the Committee and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration.

A live webcast of the session can be viewed on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.  

The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on Armenia will be made available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/hrcs105.htm on Friday 27 July, after which interviews can be arranged with Committee members.

To learn more about the Human Rights Committee, visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/index.htm

To learn more about the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm

For additional information and media requests, please contact Ravina Shamdasani (+41 22 917 9310 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org) or Vladimir Shkolnikov +995 599 095 154

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