A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions
“Public Journalism Club” (PJC) NGO in consortium with the “Investigative Journalists” NGO launched “A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions” two-year project financed by the European Union (EU) and co-funded by Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Armenia. The project started in December 2017 and lasted 24 months.
The overall objective of the project was to improve the human rights situation in closed institutions through increasing public awareness and debate on relevant issues and possible solutions.
The specific objectives of the project were:
- Enhance media professionals’ awareness of and ability to cover issues related to human rights situations in closed institutions;
- Increase coverage and quality of reports on the human rights situation in closed institutions.
Capacity building of journalists
Trainings by internationally recognized trainers were organized for journalists with a primary focus on techniques and specifics of journalistic investigations and reporting on human rights issues in closed institutions. Representatives of civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and relevant national authorities were invited to present their perspective as well as discuss possible approaches and mechanisms of cooperation. A manual containing training modules and materials was developed and published online.
Comprehensive journalistic reports were produced by journalists thus helping them to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the training. The project provided technical, professional, and financial support in developing in-depth journalistic reports that were published and disseminated among project stakeholders and public in large.
Media contests and Award Ceremonies on Human Rights Issues in Closed Institutions were held annually to draw public attention to covered topics as well as provide incentives for a larger scale, consistent and professional coverage of target issues.
TV programs were produced and broadcast featuring experts and individual stories on human rights issues in closed institutions. The selection of topics was based on existing reports and available materials as well as discussions with human rights experts, activists, representatives of watchdog organizations etc.
Public discussions in Yerevan and marzes on different aspects of human rights situation in closed institutions were organized and live-streamed. The topics were selected based on findings of journalistic reports and TV programs, as well as discussions with human rights organizations and Government.
Urgent call for action by the UN Security Council to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)
We appeal to the States – Members of the UN Security Council, as to the primary mandate holder for international peace and security and call for your urgent intervention in relation to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh caused by the total blockade of the Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijan. The Lachin Corridor is the onlyAugust 4, 2023
24 July 2023 To: António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General Dear Mr. Guterres, The undersigned civil society organizations call for your intervention in relation to the human rights emergency in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) caused by the total blockade of the Lachin corridor – the only lifeline that connects the local Armenian people to the Republic of ArmeniaJuly 24, 2023
Appeal of Armenian journalistic organizations to colleagues attending the media forum organized by Azerbaijan
July 22, 2023 We, the undersigned organizations, have no questions to the leadership of Azerbaijan – the country, which holds one of the lowest places in international freedom of expression rankings but is hosting yet another pompous media forum on July 22-23. Similarly, we have no questions to Azerbaijan’s Media Development Agency, the event organizer,July 24, 2023
Joint Statement by a Group of Armenian Civil Society Organizations on the Press Statement by Charles Michel
July 19, 2023 The undersigned civil society organizations in Armenia express their alarm over the press statement of July 15 made by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, following the latest trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Pashinyan and President Aliyev. Specifically, we are concerned that the announcement equates the Lachin Corridor and Aghdam asJuly 19, 2023
Statement of journalistic organizations over the contradictions in the external and internal agendas of reforms
July 15, 2023, Yerevan We, the undersigned journalistic organizations, express our deep concern over the contradictions in the external and internal agendas of reforms envisaged in various sectors in Armenia. In particular, several journalistic organizations were notified of the opportunity to submit proposals regarding the draft decision “On establishing the procedure for the relationship ofJuly 17, 2023
May 26, 2023
Project Title: Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process: Rapid Response (ATNP Rapid Response) Donor Organization: European Union Lead Organization: Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) Implementor Organizations: The Consortium partners include Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA), and Hrant Dink Foundation from Turkey. PJC Collaboration: PublicMarch 20, 2023