International Seminar On Human Rights Begins

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The official opening of the Second International Seminar covering human rights and constitutional control issues took place Wednesday in Yerevan.

The seminar is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development–the Venice Committee of the Council of Europe–Democracy Through Law–Institute of the Constitutional and Legislative Policy of Budapest.

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Gagik Haroutiunian noted that the seminar would discuss how to make human rights protection reliable and guaranteed.

Haroutiunian also reported that a preliminary agreement on organization of the third international seminar in October 1998 in Yerevan had been reached with the Secretary of the Venice Committee. The third seminar will cover the problems of constitutional control and election law.

The faults of Armenia’s legislature hinder the real protection of human rights–member of the Constitutional Court

Hrant Nazarian noted in his report. Nazarian said that the population had lost its trust in the authorities–which is testified to by the fact that only 225 citizens applied to the Constitutional Court in the first half of 1997.

The seminar is being attended by members of the Venice Committee–representatives of USAID–delegations from 17 countries–including Constitutional Court chairmen from Russia–Croatia–Latvia–Belarus–Tajikistan–and Iran–among others.

The participants visited the Dzidzernagabert Genocide Memorial Complex and laid flowers to the Memorial to the Victims of the Genocide–as well as took a tour of the Matenadaran.

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