YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A seminar entitled "Human Rights Protection in the Republic of Armenia and the European Agreement on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms" opened in Yerevan December 17.
The seminar was organized by the Council of Europe Directorate for Human Rights and the Armenian Constitutional Court. Chairman of the Constitutional Court Gagik Haroutiunian read out a welcoming message from Armenian prime minister Aram Sargsyan to the seminar participants. Laying special emphasis on creating proper conditions and a comprehensive system of human rights protection in his message–the prime minister pointed out that much serious work still needs to be done in this direction. The prime minister said that Armenia’s membership in the Council of Europe will make this work more effective.
Minister of Justice–Chairman of the Presidential Constitutional Amendmen’s Commission David Haroutiunian told reporters that the chapter dealing with human rights took the most time from the Commission members. He pointed out that the current Commission members–who are all lawyers–use materials collected and prepared by political figures who previously worked in the Commission and consider this problem from modern doctrinal viewpoints. The minister had difficulty in informing the reporters of the completion date of the work aimed at reforming the Constitution.