Armenian Helsinki Association

The Helsinki Association was registered by the Ministry of Justice in Armenia in April 1997. The Association is committed to upholding the terms and conditions of the 1975 Helsinki Agreement, as well as all other international treaties and agreements on human rights signed by the Republic of Armenia. In November 2004 the Helsinki Association was granted membership in the International Helsinki Federation. The organization is the Armenian coordinator of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Organizations, and a chair of the Human Rights House-Yerevan. In recognition of its achievements in promoting democratic values and civil society, the Helsinki Association received the United States and European Union Democracy and Civil Society Award in 1998.

Mikael Danielyan, the chairman and executive director of the Association, will be the program director. In 2008, his work was recognized with the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan’s Armenian Freedom Defender Award.

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Mika belonged to a period that retains a persistent nostalgia of the irresistible desire to break through the wall, sustained by the memory of the first generation of Soviet dissidents. For him, protecting human rights was about being on the frontline where things happened, where government abused the rights of citizens and disregarded the law.