Foreign Minister of Armenia met with the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)26 November, 2019
On November 26, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan received Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, who is in Yerevan on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Defender’s Office of Armenia.
At the beginning of the meeting, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and Foreign Minister of Armenia highlighted the role of Human Rights Defender’s Office of Armenia underscoring that it has greatly contributed to the systematic protection of human rights in Armenia.
In the course of the meeting, the two sides touched upon the OSCE agenda issues, Armenia’s active engagement in the human rights dimension of an organization’s activity. In the context of implemented processes aimed at strengthening democratic institutions, the two sides highly assessed parliamentary elections held last year which met the international standards as well as the continuous support of the ODIHR in this direction.
Foreign Minister briefed his interlocutor on the steps taken in the sphere of judicial reforms of Armenia towards the fight against corruption, highlighting the cooperation with the international partners.
OSCE/ODIHR Director Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir congratulated Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on the occasion of his election as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Minister Mnatsakanyan reiterated Armenia’s commitment to promoting the agenda of human rights protection, prevention of Genocides and crimes against humanity.
Foreign Minister emphasized that Human Rights remain universal values for Armenia and the cooperation for their protection should also be universal and engage people living in the conflict zones.
As an important direction of the Government’s agenda, Foreign Minister highlighted the protection of the rights of women and children, ethnic and religious minorities, including the promotion of women’s and children’s inclusivity in public life.