Tavush behind others in human rights protection – Armenian ombudsman
YEREVAN, May 30. /ARKA/. Tavush region is most passive Armenian province in terms of human rights protection, Armenia’s ombudsman Karen Andreasyan told reporters Thursday.
A region is not considered problematic if there are many complaints from there and it is problematic if no complaints are received, despite serious problems, which reduces chances that the situation will change, the ombudsman said in the parliament.
In assessing the human rights situation in the regions, factors such as consciousness, activity, and fearlessness are being considered, and Lori region is the best – people here are more than just pro-active in protecting their rights.
Andreasyan reported 227 out of 560 written applications from citizens were satisfied last year. This is not an absolute figure as some problems are solved on the spot, and no written documents are issued.
Yet, this 30-35% of positive solutions is a good indicator, for comparison it is about 8-11% in Eastern Europe, the human rights’ defender said.
Andreasyan also said the Ombudsman’s Office is successfully cooperating with practically all public agencies. Yet, a few agencies hinder the activities, hence the Ombudsman’s Office witnesses violations in its decisions. In 2013 a total of 60 such decisions were passed, which is twice as many as the year before, Andreasyan said. In this respect, the ombudsman gave the example if the Judiciary department of Armenia. –0—