Artsakh’s Human Rights Defender Appoints Head of Department, Adviser
Shushi, Artsakh – – The Human Rights Defender/Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic, Mr. Ruben Melikyan, has appointed Mr. Artak Beglaryan as the Head of Department of his office. The Defender has also appointed Mr. Babken DerGrigorian as an adviser.
Under the new “Law Regarding the Human Rights Defender”, passed by the Artsakh Parliament on December 21, 2017, and enacted on February 1, 2018, The Ombudsman's staff has been restructured into two administrative units – the Department and the Secretariat. The Department will provide key legal and expert support, while the Secretariat will be tasked with carrying out the Ombudsman's day-to-day activities. Along with a number of other content and structural changes, the new law also allows the Human Rights Defender to appoint up to five 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 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 Programme. 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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