Human Rights Ombudsman appoints Head of Department and AdviserBy the decree of the AR Human Rights Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan, Artak Beglaryan has been appointed Head of Department of the Staff. By another decree, the Ombudsman has appointed Babken DerGrigoryan as an Adviser. Under the new AR Law on Human Rights Ombudsman, enacted on February 1, 2018, the Ombudsman staff is divided into two structural units – the Department and Secretariat. The Department will provide the content part of the Ombudsman’s activities, and the Secretariat will carry out the technical support. In addition to content and structural changes, the new law also allows the Ombudsman to have up to 5 advisers on a pro bono and voluntary basis.
Below are the biographies of Artak Beglaryan and Babken DerGrigorian: Artak Beglaryan is a specialist in politics and public administration. Since 2012 he has been working as Assistant, then as Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh, and in the recent months - as Advisor to the State Minister. He currently studies at the National Defense Research University of the Defense Army of the Republic of Armenia for a PhD Degree. He holds a Master Degree from the University College London in Politics, Security and Integration. He also studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, specializing in Public Policy and Administration, as well as, at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a specialization in Business Management with the EU Erasmus Mundus student exchange program. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from the Department of Political Science, Yerevan State University. Beglaryan has participated in a number of international conferences and has published academic articles. He has been involved in civic activities for years joining and managing various non-governmental organizations.
Babken DerGrigorian is an economist and international development consultant, with an area focus on the South Caucasus. He currently serves as the founding executive director of the Artsakh Human Rights Foundation – an organization dedicated to improving the protection of fundamental human rights in Artsakh. DerGrigorian has consulted for a number of international human rights organizations and development agencies, including The HALO Trust, Transparency International, and the United Nations Development Program. In addition, he has worked as a programs coordinator for the Open Society Foundations in Armenia. DerGrigorian holds two masters degrees from the London School of Economics, in Political & Development Economics and Political Communication, respectively. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Affairs from UCLA.
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