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Civil Society Institute (CSI) is seeking to recruit a Project Officer to work within CSI for five months (from August 1 to December 31, 2017) on implementation of a project aiming at review of physical security of civilians in Tavush region, Armenia. The project is funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).



“Life in the Frontline” photo exhibition

On April 12 another opening ceremony was organized of the “Life in the Frontline” photo exhibition at House of Culture after Jirair Ananyan in Berd, Tavush region. Photos from following communities were presented at the exhibition: Chinari, Movses, Aygepar, Nerqin Karmiraghbyur, Paravaqar, Vazashen, Baghanis, Voskevan and Koti. The photos show the everyday life and features of the borderline communities by a professional photographer and children living there.



«Risk and Needs Assessment of Offenders and other Main Tasks and Activities of the State Probation Service» Training for the Probation Service Officers

On March 18-19 in Jermuk took place another training on “The Activities of the State Probation Service”, which was aimed to promote the establishment of the Probation Service and raise the level of its effectiveness.
The head of the State Probation Service, the probation officers and the State Probation Service’s regional representatives of Yerevan, Syunik, Armavir, Ararat, Aragatsotn, and Vayots Dzor participated in the training. 



Probation Officers participated in the training on “The activities of the State Probation Service”

On 25-26 February in Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel a training on “The activities of the State Probation Service”, organized by Civil Society Institute NGO with the financial support of UNDEF, took place. The head of the State Probation Service Arman Navasardyan, the probation officers and regional representatives of the State Probation Service participated in the training.



CSI at the 65th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

States have various obligations before international human rights bodies, the mechanisms established by multilateral human rights treaties. One of such treaty is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to which Armenia is signatory since 1993. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, the Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.



Female convicts completed hairdressing course and received certificates

On September 28 in the educational section of “Abovyan” penitentiary institution the graduation ceremony for the participants of hairdressing course took place. The course has been organized by “Civil Society Institute” NGO in cooperation with the N6 State College of Crafts of Yerevan, Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice of RA and “Abovyan” penitentiary institution.





Statement: CSI condemns in the strongest possible terms unlawful practice of the Armenian police

27 July 2016, Yerevan. On 27 July the Armenian police grossly violated and continue to violate the right to liberty and security of dozens of people. Over hundred persons were apprehended from the streets in Yerevan, police failed to notify them of any legal ground for deprivation of liberty.



ADC Memorial and the Civil Society Institute Welcome CEDAW’s List of Questions for Armenia

The UN Committee to Eliminate Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has compiled a list of questions related to Armenia’s state report on the situation of women in the country, which will be considered during the Committee’s 65th Session.



Nagorno-Karabakh: Affected civilians of both sides of conflict wait for peace and justice to come

As old as the Soviet Union collapse, one of the most disastrous conflicts in the region of the last 30 years, concerning the status of Nagorno-Karabakh[1], continues to kill. After an escalation of violence in April 2016, the deadliest since the ceasefireof1994, and a closed meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in May 2016 in Vienna, parties continue to accuse each other of cease-fire violations and no peace progress is in view.