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Armenia

Helsinki Association for Human Rights

The Helsinki Association for Human Rights was established by a group of Armenian human rights activists and was registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia in April 1997.

Contact:
 +374 10 585372
Street address:
Flat 33, 8 Nansen Street, 1st Blind Alley, 0056 Yerevan, Armenia

The Helsinki Association for Human Rights was established by a group of human rights activists and registered on 11 April 1997 in the Ministry of Justice of Republic of Armenia. The Helsinki Association is committed to upholding the terms and conditions of the 1975 Helsinki Agreement on European cooperation and security, as well as all other international treaties and agreements that the Republic of Armenia has signed guaranteeing fundamental human rights to its citizens. The Helsinki Association is concerned solely with activities related directly to human rights issues and has no political, religious or national affiliation.

On May 18, 1998 the United States and European Union presented Democracy and Civil Society award to the Helsinki Association in recognition of its achievements in promoting democratic values and civil society.

Since 1997, there are receptions in all offices of the Helsinki Association, which provide pro bono legal services. Since 1997 the following draft laws were drafted out: ‘’On Alternative Civil Service’’, ‘’On Refugee’’, ‘’On Free Access to Information’’, ‘’On Jury’’ and ‘’Ethic Norms of Jurisprudence’’.

In December 2001 Helsinki Association opened its website in the Internet at www.hahr.am, which provides the information on the situation of human rights in Armenia. In November 2004 the Helsinki Association was granted membership in the International Helsinki Federation. The organisation is the Armenian coordinator of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Organisations and the chair of the Human Rights House Yerevan.

The Helsinki Association has two offices: a central office in Yerevan and a regional office in Vanadzor (Lori region). Mikael Danielyan is chairman and executive director of the Association. In 2008, his work was recognized with the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan’s Armenian Freedom Defender Award.

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