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EU IN THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

In ARTICLES, NEWS on 11/12/2010 at 13:38

Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Raul de Lutzenberger was invited to Yerevan State University European Studies Center to deliver a lecture.

The lecture was attended by master students in European Studies (European Studies Centre) and their colleagues from International Relations and Law faculties.

During his lecture Raul de Lutzenberger presented the main directions of internal and foreign policy of the on human rights protection and discrimination, used tools and projects.

Raul de Lutzenberger presented the main formats of the partnership, in the frame of which Armenia cooperates with the EU. Not very often you get informed by the mass media that the EU discusses human rights issues with the RA government, but I assure you that these discussions are carried out constantly, – said our guest.

The Ambassador noted that he frequently hears complaints that the EU activities in Armenia in the field of human rights are not visible. The ambassador said: I accept, but I have to mention that very often the invisible activities are much more effective than the transparent ones.

After the lecture the students were provided with the opportunity to ask the ambassador questions on various issues.

Grigor Yeritsyan

10 December – Human Rights Day

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, MASS MEDIA on 10/12/2010 at 11:44

10 December 2010 — On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become a universal standard for defending and promoting human rights. Every year on 10 December, Human Rights Day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration. It is celebrated around the globe that “All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms”.

This year’s commemoration highlights and promotes the achievements of human rights defenders who fight to end discrimination. Human rights defenders protest abuses of human rights, advocate for justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations. They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action. In so doing, they are often putting at risk their own safety, and that of their families.


Some human rights defenders are famous, but most are not. They are active in every part of the world, working alone and in groups, in local communities, in national politics and internationally.

Human Rights Day 2010 emphasises the primary responsibility governments have in enabling and protecting human rights defenders. The Day’s theme “Speak up, Stop Discrimination” is also intended to inspire a new generation of defenders to speak up and take action to end discrimination in all of its forms whenever and wherever it is manifested.

INVITATION

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 02/12/2010 at 20:13

International Day of Disabled People

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On December 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. within the framework of “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project World Independent Youth Union and Cooperation for Development with the support of the Embassy of the United States in Armenia and the US Armenian Alumni Association are holding an event to celebrate International Day of Disabled People at the Republican Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

See press release here: Press Release_eng

Celebrities Silva Hakobyan, “Arevik” children’s choir as well as clowns and cartoon heroes will perform and greet the children. Guests from the US Embassy in Yerevan and the Head of the USAAA, Khachik Gevorgyan will also take part in the event.

Place of Event: REPUBLICAN PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION CENTER

Echmiadzni Hin Highway, 109 Building

For more information please contact Siranush Yarmaloyan, coordinator of the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project։ (055) 24 44 78

December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 01/12/2010 at 20:42

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, recalls the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.

 

“The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 19th century did not eradicate the practice globally. Instead, it took on other forms, which persist to this day: serfdom, debt bondage and forced and bonded labor; trafficking in women and children, domestic slavery and forced prostitution, including of children; sexual slavery, forced marriage and the sale of wives; child labour and child servitude, among others.”

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day
for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December 2010

 

December 1 – HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, NEWS on 01/12/2010 at 11:13

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009 some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS.

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalised groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers , at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination.

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It’s easily done – just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin!

If you want to take your awareness raising a step further then try finding a local event to take part in. Around the world there are hundreds of activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches and religious services. If you can’t find anything in your area then why not organise an event yourself?

AEGEE-Yerevan was officially opened!!

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 28/11/2010 at 15:44

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you that the office of AEGEE-Yerevan youth public organization was officially opened in Yerevan.  The opening ceremomy took place at the Best Western Congress Hotel and attended by representatives from Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Education, international organizations and embassies.

AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes co-operation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young professionals from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 15.000 members, active in more than 240 university cities in 43 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe.

AEGEE, which was founded in 1985 in Paris, puts the idea of a unified Europe into practice. A widely spread student network provides the ideal platform where youth workers and young volunteers from 43 European countries can work together on crossborder activities such as conferences, seminars, exchanges, training courses, Summer Universities, Case Study trips and Working Group meetings.

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AEGEE has participatory status in the activities of the Council of Europe, consultative status at the United Nations, operational status at UNESCO and is at the same time a member of the European Youth Forum. The organisation has also a number of illustrious personalities amongst its general partners: Mikhael Gorbatchev, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic; Eric Froment, former President of the European University Association, Wolfgang Thierse, former President of the Bundestag and Romano Prodi, former Primeminister of Italy and President of the European Commission.

During the 50th assembly of AEGEE in October 2010, an agreement was signed between AEGEE-Europe and AEGEE-Yerevan, under which the organization has obtained the right to officially operate in Yerevan.

Cooperation for Development NGO & AEGEE-Yerevan have already collaborated in the framework Training Course “Career Orientation Youth” which held in Yerevan on September. During this event the president of AEGEE-Yerevan Shushan Khachatryan presented AEGEE, its goals and activities to students from all over Armenia.

Our Team congratulates AEGEE-Yerevan Board and members. We wish you good luck and looking forward to our future cooperation! Let your energy and optimism help you in achieving new heights.

Cooperation for Development NGO Team