HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

In 1988, at a new dawn for freedom, a circle of political and informal groups in the Armenian town of Vanadzor was established, a constitutional group which became the active part of the Union of Armenian Constitutional Groups. This was called “constitutional”, because the Union’s final goal was to establish democracy and rule of law through a democratic constitution. In September 1995, the Union was registered in the Ministry of Justice as a right-protective, non-governmental organisation, and was renamed the ARMENIAN CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT-PROTECTIVE CENTRE (ACRPC).

ACRPC was registered as a right-protective, non-political organisation, as it became clear that the new authorities, under promises of liberty, justice and democracy, were no different from their predecessors with regards to human rights violations.

ACRPC’s vision is: A world existing under the principles of love and tolerance, where love and justice reign, given from above.

Choosing the motto: “Not to know one’s rights means not to possess them at all”, ACRPC has adopted the path of human rights protection through human rights education since 1996.

ACRPC’s mission is: To contribute to the development of legal culture in Armenia through scientific activity, education, dissemination of information and advocacy.

The Organisation:

In 1996, ACRPC founded the Armenian Human Rights School (AHRS) and the first Human Rights Library.

In 2000, ACRPC set up a Human Rights Library Network (HRLN), founding human rights libraries in the towns of Artashat, Gavar, Dilijan, Hrazdan, Sevan and Vanadzor.

Since 1989, ACRPC has published a monthly right-protective review For the Sake of Justice, which has been officially registered as a scientific publication by the Armenian government’s High Qualification Committee. Since 2005, ACRPC has published the newspaper Legal Culture.

The organisation has implemented more than 60 projects, both large and small.

Since 2001, ACRPC has been based in its own Educational-Cultural Centre.

Since December 2002, ACRPC has been associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) and ACRPC has been awarded special consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2007.

ACRPC is a member of a number of networks: the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (CoNGO), CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Armenian coalition, Civil Society Partnership Network (CSPN), the “Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Fund” Network and is the coordinator of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Armenian coalition.

Gevork Manoukian
ACRPC Chairman