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Towards Fair and Transparent Elections


On March 23, the Prosecutor Generals Office of the Republic of Armenia, with the support from the Embassy of the United States in Armenia, hosted a conference to clarify the responsibilities of law enforcement agencies in ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.  The conference was organized by the International Center for Human Development. Among the participants there were representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Foundation for Election Systems, civil society and media organizations.

The conference  featured opening remarks by the Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan, and the United States Ambassador in Armenia John Heffern. The Speaker of the National Assembly Samvel Nikoyan made a presentation.  There were also moderated panel discussions and Q&A sessions, involving senior officials from the Central Electoral Commission, various law enforcement agencies, Counterpart International, the office of the Human Rights Defender, and media.



Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

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Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

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