YEREVAN — The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic has published a report based on her visit to Armenia carried out in September 2018, the Council of Europe reported.
“The report focuses on women’s rights, gender equality and domestic violence; the human rights of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups; and accountability for past human rights violations.
Finding that women in Armenia remain significantly underrepresented in public decision-making, the Commissioner urges the authorities to ensure women’s full and effective participation, as well as equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of public life, equal pay and equal access to the labor market. In order to counter the persisting discriminatory gender stereotypes, Commissioner Mijatovic recommends raising public awareness and promoting gender equality, especially through education.
To build on the considerable improvements to Armenia’s legislation against domestic violence, the Commissioner recommends ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, while ensuring that the new national legislation is effectively applied in practice. Specifically, she urges the authorities to increase the availability of places in shelters for victims of domestic violence, and to ensure access to education for children staying in such shelters.
Another focus area of the report is the human rights of persons with disabilities, children, older persons and LGBTI people.
While welcoming the authorities’ clear commitment towards de-institutionalization of persons with disabilities, the commissioner recommends that revised legislation governing state support to persons with disabilities ensure their inclusion in all decision-making processes that concern them. In particular, she calls on the authorities to put an end to plenary guardianship for persons with psycho-social disabilities and to move from a substituted to a supported decision-making model for all persons who may require such support.