On January 23 the Human Rights
Defender Ms. Kristinne Grigoryan in line with the legislation submitted her
resignation to the National Assembly in connection with switching her job.
According to the legislation, in case
of resignation, the powers of the Defender shall terminate if no later than a
week after submitting the resignation letter the Defender submits a second
Ms. Grigoryan will inform the public
about her new job at the appropriate moment, and until then she will refrain
from any comments on this topic.
Kristinne Grigoryan strove to carry
out the mission of the Human Rights Defender impartially, and with great
responsibility and dedication, being faithful to the oath taken at the National
Firstly, the Defender would like to
express her gratitude to women and men working in the institution, for their genuine
acknowledgement of the institution's mission, great personal dedication and
high-quality professional support offered to her during her tenure. In her
turn, the Defender invested her maximum effort to ensure further institutional
development and increasing institution’s resilience in transitional and crisis
The Defender also expresses her
gratitude to the President of the National Assembly, the deputies, factions and
committees for their high level of cooperation. As a Parliamentary Ombudsman,
the support of the National Assembly and openness to discuss sensitive issues
were extremely important for the proper implementation of the mission of the
Next, the Defender expresses her
gratitude to the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet, the bodies
subordinate to the government and Prime Minister, the local self-governing
bodies and community servants, as well as the autonomous constitutional bodies
for their effective cooperation.
The Defender also expresses her
gratitude to the representatives of civil society, human rights defenders and
journalists with whom she had the honor and pleasure to work during this
period. Their work in advancing human rights and the extent to which a favorable
environment is created for it is a litmus test for the democratic development
of our country.
The Defender also thanks the Heads and
the staff of the international organizations and diplomatic missions accredited
in Armenia for trust and partnership, appreciation and the encouragement
demonstrated to the institution's mission during this period.
Importantly, the Defender expresses
her gratitude to all those persons who have applied to the Defender's
institution with various issues related to the protection of human rights for
their trust and their highly valued opinions. Regardless of the nature of those
opinions, they have contributed to further improvement of the institution
during this period.
Availing herself of this opportunity,
the Defender publicly thanks her family and friends for their patience,
encouragement and unconditional support.
Note: In case of the premature termination of the powers of the Defender due
to resignation, the Defender shall publish and submit to the National Assembly
a summary report on the activities carried out during the period between the
submission of the regular annual report and the submission of the resignation.
The summary report will be presented along with the second resignation letter.
The Human Rights Defender's Office of Armenia