On May 24, the Human
Rights Defender Ms. Anahit Manasyan hosted the Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Armenia H.E. Mr. Patrik Svensson.
During the meeting,
the Defender presented issues related to the protection of the rights of
residents of the border communities and problems that have been created as a
result of the blockade of the Lachin corridor.
The Defender has
referred to the priorities of the activities of the Human Rights Defender’s
Office, including the right to peaceful assembly, combating domestic violence,
and the protection of the rights of the child, women, and persons with
Ms. Anahit Manasyan
highlighted the importance of the unwavering cooperation between the
institutions mandated with the protection of the human rights of the two
highlighted the importance of the memorandum of understanding that was signed
last year between the Human Rights Defender’s Office and the Raoul Wallenberg
Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which is based in Lund, Sweden.
discussed the projects that are implemented jointly with the Institute, which
have several directions, including developing the monitoring capabilities of
the Defender as a National Preventive Mechanism.
In his turn,
Ambassador H.E. Mr. Patrik Svensson noted that ensuring and guaranteeing the
protection of human rights is also a priority for the Kingdom of Sweden. In
this context, the Ambassador presented the current and planned projects
implemented by Sweden in Armenia in the sphere of the rule of law, democracy,
and protection of human rights.
The details of the
Defender’s visit to Strasbourg were discussed, and the importance of the joint
projects and events that will be implemented with the Defender’s Office,
including those that will be implemented with the financial support of the
Kingdom of Sweden, within the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan
for Armenia 2023-2026, was highlighted.
At the conclusion of
the meeting, the interlocutors reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation in