Brussels, 12/12/2014

Joint press release

Joint press release on EU-Armenia Human Rights Dialogue, 11 December 2014, Brussels

On 11 December 2014, the European Union and Armenia held the sixth round of human rights dialogue in Brussels.

The Armenian delegation was headed by Garen Nazarian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and included among other officials, the Deputy Minister of Justice Mr. Arman Tatoyan.

The EU Delegation was headed by Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Director, EEAS, Human Rights and Democracy, European External Action Service and Mrs. Elisabeth Tison, Head of Division.

The dialogue was held in an open and constructive atmosphere, with an exchange on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and concern, as well as discussions on possibilities for concrete cooperation in the field of human rights within international organisations, in particular at the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

The dialogue allowed for an exchange of views on the human rights situation both in Armenia and in the EU. In particular, the talks were 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 first Armenia-EU human rights dialogue was established in December 2009.

The meetings are convened once a year, alternatively in Yerevan and Brussels.