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KHRP Conducts Training in Armenia on Enforcing ECtHR Judgments
KHRP today conducted a successful training seminar in Yerevan, Armenia entitled ‘Enforcing Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: A Study on Protecting against Torture and Ill-Treatment’ in conjunction with its regional partner the Forum Law Center.

Following opening remarks by Tigran Ter-Yesayan, President of the Forum Law Center, KHRP Executive Director Kerim Yıldız outlined the aims and objectives of the training, which was attended by around 20 human rights defenders. Acting Legal Officer Saadiya Chaudary then delivered presentations on the concept of torture under international law and enforcing judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Later in the day, participants took part in a workshop on identifying violations of international law in relation to torture and ill-treatment, and engaging with Council of Europe mechanisms to ensure execution of ECtHR judgments.

‘The need for such training was clearly illustrated by ECtHR judgments against Armenia in a number of KHRP-assisted cases in December 2008 relating to the detention of opposition political activists in conditions that were found to have constituted inhuman or degrading treatment,’ said Kerim Yıldız. ‘By empowering local activists to engage with international mechanisms in their response to such flagrant abuses, seminars of this kind help to bring about concrete, permanent changes in the human rights situation on the ground.’