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The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) views the joint actions of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia and civil society organization for promotion of effective implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as leading international practice for the national human rights institutions of other countries, as reported the Office of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia.

The ENNHRI particularly attached importance to the cooperation between the Ombudsman and civil society organizations which makes it possible to increase the importance of implementation of the decisions of the ECHR and raise awareness about them.

The ENNHRI states that the Human Rights Defender of Armenia is bestowed with the power to set up councils that are adjunct to the Office of the Human Rights Defender and that NGO representatives and independent experts can be engaged in those councils.

The decisions adopted against Armenia by the ECHR and still not implemented, are also considered during the sessions of the advisory board under the Ombudsman.

The ENNHRI records that, after one of those discussions, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia, in cooperation with an NGO (Helsinki Committee), expressed a special stance to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in regard to implementation of the decision of the ECHR on Poghosyan vs Armenia for protection of the minimum rights of persons deprived of liberty.

The ENNHRI has also stated that such joint efforts provide the opportunity to build sustainable cooperation with civil society organizations.

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