he Human Rights Ombudsman published 2017 Annual ReportOn March 31, 2018, under Paragraph 1 of Article 30 of the AR Law on Human Rights, the AR Ombudsman’s institution published the 2017 Annual Report on the activities, as well as the situation of human rights and freedoms protection in Artsakh.
The document provides information on the overall situation of human rights and freedoms protection in Artsakh, human rights violations in separate areas, recorded problems and possible solutions, as well as recommendations aimed at raising the level of human rights guarantee.
In 2017, the Ombudsman’s staff received 119 applications from 150 persons, of which 55 were written and 64 were oral. The quantitative difference between the applicants and applications is conditioned by collective applications.
In 2017, the activities of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s institution of the Republic of Artsakh continued to be aimed at guaranteeing human rights and freedoms in Artsakh, implementing preventive measures, raising awareness on human rights in the public, civil society structures in Artsakh, AR public authorities, as well as establishing and strengthening cooperation with the Republic of Armenia, Diaspora and international partners.
Through the report, the Ombudsman has drawn the attention of the competent bodies to certain issues existing in the AR Law and law enforcement practice (right to fair trial, property right, right to personal liberty and others)making relevant recommendations on regulating the issues set forth, inter alia, basing on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
The Ombudsman’s institution is willing to actively cooperate with both the AR state authorities and civil society structures for the purpose of resolving the recorded and any other common issues.
Throughout 2017, the Ombudsman went on active cooperation with the Armenian Republic Ombudsman, a number of structures from Diaspora, and international partners. From this perspective, the Ombudsman’s international visits and meetings in USA, Belgium France, Austria, Hungary and Romania are remarkable, during which R.Melikyan has taken active steps to establish international relations and strengthen the existing ties, raise issues related to rights of Artsakh’s citizens and in the direction of publicizing and internationalizing the reports of the Artsakh Republic Ombudsman on the atrocities committed by Azerbaijan in April, 2016.
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