Armenian National Committee of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HCA)
To operate a think tank in Yerevan, consolidate civil society around democratic ideals, and encourage those values in the rural regions. The program will consist of 18 roundtable discussions in Yerevan, a 3-day class, and 18 seminars in small cities of Armenia. The organization will also publish a book and maintain a website.
To establish a network of civil society organizations that will monitor and report on torture in places of detention. The Association will produce an Alternative Report on Torture and Inhumane and Degrading Treatment to be presented to the UN Committee against Torture. The Association will create a network of monitors and publicize its findings within Armenia to build public support for oversight of law enforcement and the penal system.
To report about the 2007 parliamentary elections through a blog and special reports on the organization’s website, http://home.a1plus.am/eng/. Meltex will also produce 20 public service announcements (PSAs) about the elections. The PSAs will be carried by the Hamaspyur network of 11 independent local and regional television broadcasters, which covers 87 percent of the territory of Armenia.