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Freedom House Reports Little Progress on Armenian Reforms
Freedom House will address Armenian parliamentarians to release the findings of its annual Nations in Transit survey focusing on the "Practice vs. Promise" of democratic governance in Armenia during the past year.
Freedom House findings focus on Armenia's poor record in 2005 in implementing reform legislation. Report findings particularly highlight shortcomings in the judiciary, anti-corruption efforts, and issues of media plurality. Freedom House analyst for Armenia, Anna Walker, noted that "despite constitutional provisions guaranteeing a full range of basic human rights, in practice there remain substantial barriers to effective protection of basic civil rights through the judicial system."
Armenian policymakers invited Freedom House to present its publication Nations in Transit 2006 as well as key findings from its other annual surveys, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press.
Freedom House's visit to Armenia is part of a larger effort to generate public debate in the Caucasus countries of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan about necessary democratic reforms in each country. In addition to the parliamentary presentation, Freedom House will bring together civil society actors from all parts of Armenia in a series of public discussions to focus on some of the most critical challenges facing the country. This will include a look at Freedom House methodologies in order to provide additional benchmark tools to Armenian democrats engaged in monitoring democratic progress.
Freedom House is an independent private organization supporting the expansion of freedom throughout the world. Freedom House has been monitoring democratic performance in Armenia since 1991.
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Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.