Armenia to Ratify Convention of Human Rights to be CE Member

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A two-day seminar began in Yerevan Thursday to correlate Armenian legislation with the European Convention of Human Rights. The seminar is being attended by a delegation of the Council of Europe Secretariat–Foreign Ministry officials and representatives of the judicial system of Armenia.

Patrick Tician–an advisor for the Council of Europe Human Rights Directorate–outlined the need for bringing Armenia’s judicial system to meet standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights. Armenia is required to ratify the Convention to be admitted to the Council of Europe as a full member.

Tician stressed the role of the European Court on Human Rights in human rights protection–saying that Armenia will have its representative to the Court once it becomes a member of the Council of Europe.

A professor of Lille University brought up Article 6 of the Convention for discussion. The article deals with the protection of human rights and basic freedoms.

In that regard–the seminar highlighted draft judicial reforms–which "will be based on the Constitution of Armenia and international documen’s," according to one of the participants.

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