On April 25-28, 2016 “New Generation” Humanitarian NGO organized “Awareness of issues of vulnerable groups and prohibition of discrimination” four-day training in Gyumri for representatives from “Nubarashen” Psychiatric Medical Center, Sevan Psychiatric Hospital, Lori Marz Psychoneurologic Dispensary, Gyumri Mental Health Center and Gyumri Medical Center.
On the first day of the training after gaining therotecal knowledge about main concepts, history, generations and fundamental documents of human rights, with Arthur Makaryan, lawyer of “New Generation” Humanitarian NGO, the participants carried out practical tasks during which they tried to create a new “island” with their preferred systems of governance and laws. After practical tasks the participants got acquainted with international treaties on human rights, freedoms and obligations ratified by the Republic of Armenia, fundamental principles of international and domestic laws, European Convention of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.
On the second day while introducing “Prevention of torture/Istanbul Protocol” topic A. Makaryan first of all presented the definition of torture according to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and in-state legislation. Afterwards he spoke about legal investigation and examination procedure of cases of torture. The participants were also thoroughly familiarized with physical and psychological evidences of torture and Istanbul Protocol.
Anahit Chilingaryan, legal analysis and initiatives coordinator of HCA Vanadzor, started the presentation of “Manifestations of discrimination against minorities and means for fight” topic with a discussion about stereotypes and prejudices, then introduced the theory of equality and discrimination, types and protected grounds of discrimination. The participants also got basic knowledge about legal documents ratified by the Republic of Armenia, particularly Human Rights Universal Declaration and Human Rights European Convention.
On the last day of the training the participants singled out the manifestations and causes of discrimination in our society and emphasized the following measures to fight against it: application of law, applying to human rights defenders, persistent work of law enforcement agencies, voicing cases of human rights violations and equality of law for all.