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Founder and First President of IDHR
Ms. Armineh Arakelian

Ms. Armineh Arakelian was born on 21.03.1962 in Teheran, Iran. She is an International Lawyer and Political Scientist, as well as, human rights and civic activist. She is the Founder of IDHR.

Armineh has two MA and one DESS degrees from Sorbonne-Paris I University and Rene Descartes University in Paris, France. She has over 20 years experience as an activist and expert of human rights promotion and protection, international development and humanitarian assistance, democracy development,State-building and civil society development, and gender issues. She has worked extensively with non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and international inter-governmental organizations including the United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Armineh has experience working as a lawyer and senior consultant for program policies at the headquarters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesin Geneva and Great Lakes region. She has cooperated for many years with International IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), an intergovernmental organization, as the regional representative and head of programme for Europe-South Caucasus, and later as International IDEA’s Resident Representative and Head of Diplomatic Office in Armenia. As the Head of the Human Rights Promotion Section, she cooperated with the European Union and UNHCHR (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) in Rwanda and Great Lakes region for a number of years following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda (Africa). Recently she has cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and brought her expertise and advisory contribution for the improvement and enhancement of human rights operations and interventions at national and international levels.

In 1999 she founded the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights independent NGO in Armenia by her own means and knowledge, and acted as the President of IDHR from August 1999 to April 2006 on a voluntary basis.  Armineh Arakelian remains IDHR’s Founder and Honorable Member on a voluntary basis. She actively supports IDHR and its young leadership in the realization of the organization’s mission and goals according to its founding principles.

As an activist, Armineh Arakelian continues her voluntary work in Armenia and in international civic and human rights networks and movements. 

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