This project will shed more light on the daily life of Armenians who are living in closed institutions. This concerns citizens who are in pre-trial detention, serving prison sentences or are living with so severe physical and mental disabilities that they are cared for in specialised closed institutions.
Armenia has international obligations to ensure high levels of human rights standards in closed institutions and specialised reviews and reports have been produced on the topic from time to time. However; the knowledge among the general public and journalists of the situation in various types of closed institutions is still limited.
Actions in Brief
The project will conduct specialised trainings for media professionals on how to conduct this type of reporting in an ethical, balanced and professional manner, which is expected to lead to a number of new reports on this topic. The reports will include updated information on the situation in institutions and the findings will be discussed and published in debates engaging experts, journalists, political parties, civil society organisations and government officials.
A series of TV shows and video reports on the life in closed institutions will also be produced to engage the public and inform ordinary citizens. The project also expects that there will be an interest among politicians, journalists, experts and government officials to discuss concrete follow-actions and broader human rights issues.
The “Public Journalism Club” (PJC) NGO in consortium will work with “For Equal Rights” (FER) NGO to implement the “A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: Increasing Awareness on the Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions” project. The project is financed by the European Union (EU) and co-funded by Open Society Foundation (OSF) – Armenia. The project started in December 2017 and will last 24 months.
Duration: 27/12/2017 – 26/12/2019 (24 months)
Total Project Budget: EUR 278,072.00
EU Contribution: EUR 264,168.00
Location: Republic of Armenia
Implementing Partners: Public Journalism Club (PJC), For Equal Rights (FER)