On April 3, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia Mr. Arman Tatoyan had a videocall with the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ms. Tatyana Moskalkova.
Within the course of the conversation, the parties discussed human rights issues in the context of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, specific discussions on labor rights took place (e.g. Armenians who live in Russia). Issus related to family reunions and returns to home countries during the limitations as a result of epidemic were examined separately.
During the videocall, parties exchanged their experience on methods of work during the current legal regime, the cooperation with the competent state authorities, and the society, including the activities aimed at raising awareness of the national minorities.
Mr. Arman Tatoyan informed that he has published Guide “On the new coronavirus and human rights in the State of Emergency”, which was translated into English and Russian, as well as into the languages of the national minorities of Armenia (Kurdish, Yazidi, Assyrian and Hindi).
The parties highlighted the importance of effective cooperation from the perspective of human rights protection between their institutions with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The Armenian Human Rights Defender and the Russian Human Rights Commissioner stressed importance of monitoring and operation of hot-line services, as well as effective information exchange mechanisms with Embassies of both countries.
During the current situation the parties agreed to periodically organize discussions on experience exchange in this format.
The parties have designated staff members who closely cooperate and exchange information in order to guarantee the rights of citizens in the current situation.