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In this part of our website, you can find working papers submitted by our students and approved by professors for publication. These papers are of practical value and can be used for the wider public.

Arpine Martirosyan, Arsen Hovhannisyan, Sona Makasyan : “The children’s right to education in
times of COVID-19 in rural communities of Armenia (Tavush case).” Final Report

Cohort 2020/21

Course: Human Rights Fact-Finding and Reporting

Professor: Dr Vahan Bournazian

The aim of the study is to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education system in rural communities of Armenia, as in history it has created the biggest disturbance in the education systems, and to give general recommendations to professional staff capacity for supporting teachers and online systems. Consequently, the objective of this study is to investigate the state’s obligations to provide essential education services and protection mechanisms for Armenian students in times of COVID-19. Another objective is to develop a better concept of the methods in which modern technologies could be used to support distance education. While the RA Government tried its best to organize the education process in times of COVID-19 pandemic, the State is also obliged to afford complete fulfillment of the rights of children to education by amending the national law on education and providing all the schools in Armenia with necessary technological equipment. No previous study has investigated the issues of distance education at school level in rural communities of Armenia. Moreover, there is not
any national strategy to guide and organize the process of distance education with concrete roles and responsibilities of duty bearers including Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MESCS), local authorities and school administrations.

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Tatev Baldryan, Zemfira Gogueva : “From Artsakh to Armenia: displaced children’s right to education.” Final Report

Cohort 2020/21

Course: Human Rights Fact-Finding and Reporting

Professor: Dr Vahan Bournazian

This report focused on the rights of education of displaced children of the Republic of Artsakh in the Republic of Armenia, who flee their homeland due to the war of 2020 between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territories of Artsakh. During negotiations regarding the disputed territory, the region and conflict are called Nagorno-Karabakh because it involves the unrecognized republic of Artsakh and 7 regions which were under Armenia forces control and were part of Artsakh’s administrative division and they were going to remain like that until the status of Artsakh was
solved.

This research topic is not much studied in the Armenian context and needed to be addressed. The report investigated and presented problems that displaced children from Artsakh face in the Armenian education system, as well as illustrated systematic issues of the system. This fact-finding report serves as a good base for future researches in the field of rights to education.

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Anna Mkrtchyan, Hranush Karapetyan : “Labor Rights: Gender-Based Discrimination against Women in the Workplace: Glass Ceiling” Final Report

Cohort 2019/20

Course: Human Rights Fact-Finding and Reporting

Professor: Dr Vahan Bournazian

Research aims to identify hurdles in women’s rise up the organizational ladder through the epistemic concept of the glass ceiling phenomenon. The secondary aim is to determine how the glass ceiling effect results in women’s failure to secure equal representation in high-ranking executive positions in comparison to males. In Armenia, gender-based discrimination exists in many areas, including the area of labor rights. The topic of glass ceiling has been chosen to carry out the research, as there is a problem with the glass ceiling in Armenia and it is poorly studied. It increases the responsibility and importance of this fact Finding Project for showing that glass ceiling is an important issue in Armenia. The project aims to increase awareness about women’s rights issues related to labor rights. The purpose of this project is also to illustrate issues that women face in their work regarding glass ceiling issues and to collect facts to prove that gender-based discrimination exists and to draw the state’s attention to this issue.

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Maryna Korzh, Anna Hakobyan, Kristina Avagian: “Realization of Right of the Child to be Protected Against Physical Domestic Violence in Armenia”

Cohort 2019/20

Course: Human Rights Fact-Finding and Reporting

Professor: Dr Vahan Bournazian

The main goal of this fact-finding research was to investigate the current status quo and look for ways to improve the response to violence against children in the family in Armenia.  The aim is to explore how the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence operatess in Armenia, as Belarus and Russia do not have one. The team is interested in identifying typical issues that arise even when the law on prevention and combating domestic violence is in place.

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