About us

Human Rights Research Center is a non-governmental organization registered in 2018.

Legal representative of the organization

Name: Anahit Simonyan

Title: Director

Email: anahit.sm@gmail.com

Board: Arpy Balyan, Lusine Saghumyan, Nvard Piliposyan, Tom Bradley, Tamar Dekanosidze

Managing team: Anahit Simonyan (Director, Co-founder), Ani Asatryan (Communications Expert, Co-founder), Ani Tadevosyan (Project Assistant, Field Work Coordinator).

Financial management: FINLEX Financial and Legal Consulting.

Network of Human Rights Researchers (established by HRRC): Sofya Manukyan, Misha Tadevosyan, Eva Asribabayan, Hayk Smbatyan, Anna Pambukhchyan, .

Our vision is the creation of an open platform for comprehensive, cross-sectoral research that will contribute to the advancement of rights-based decision making and the growth of public’s comprehensive knowledge in human rights issues in Armenia.

Our mission is to enrich the pool of in-depth research in the field of human rights in Armenia for the purposes of evidence-based advocacy and dissemination of information about the state of human rights among a range of stakeholders, thus advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia.

The idea of establishment of HRRC was born out of the need to create a platform that carries out cross-sectoral and detailed analysis of various human rights issues in Armenia this way acting as a source of knowledge and tool for human rights activists, academia, researchers, public institutions, international organizations etc.

Throughout our centre’s operation we aim to cover the wide range of human rights issues, reveal gaps in legislation and practice and the existing trends and patterns related to the state of human rights in Armenia, this way also acting as an impartial, independent and research-oriented human rights monitoring and advocacy institution.  

Key Values

Our work is built around such key values and principles as transparency, non-discrimination, respect for human rights, human dignity and diversity, inclusion, impartiality and confidentiality.

Access the STATUTE of HRRC (in Armenian).

Cooperation

We are open for cooperation with all the groups and individuals that share our vision, values and principles.

Successful realization of its mandate HRRC sees through close cooperation with a range of stakeholders, local and international, non-governmental and governmental entities.

Currently HRRC is part of the following networks and coalitions:

  • Gender Thematic Group, coordinated by UN Armenia. 

  • CSO-Parliamentary open platform for cooperation, coordinated by Oxygen-Armenia

  • Social Protection Council of Yerevan Municipality.

  • Parliamentary Ad-hoc working group on development of legislation regulating hate speech and hate crime.

  • Anti-Discrimination Stakeholder Group coordinated by Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

  • CSO Monitoring Group on Protection of Human Rights in Mental Health Institutions coordinated by Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor.