“Europe Day is an opportunity to see the enormous work being carried out with the EU support”. A.Kirakosyan (photos)


On 24 May the events organized by the EU and dedicated to the Europe Day which has become already a tradition culminated with an information fair at the Northern Avenue, Yerevan. 26 stands presented various projects implemented with the EU support.

Civil Society Institute (CSI) NGO also participated in the information fair to present two projects supported by the EU – “Exclusion of forced confessions as a ground for fair trial” and “Coalition for Rebuilding of Trust in the South Caucasus”.

In the frames of the first project CSI created a quiz “When you are brought to a police station”. A participant of the quiz is supposed to answer 12 questions and check to what extent he/she is aware of his/her rights when dealing with police.

“The purpose of this game is to check people’s knowledge of their rights. At the same time it also has a teaching component: after answering a question, a participant receives an explanation on the right in question in a user-friendly manner as well as brochures are being disseminated. The quiz is very popular among the population; around 50 people of different background and age have taken the quiz today. The participants had to queue up to pass it. It is noteworthy that there were police officers who also expressed interest in passing the quiz,” – noted Tatevik Gharibyan, a lawyer of CSI.

18 of the participants who managed to answer at least 11 of 12 questions correctly were awarded with a T shirt whereas the rest received small gifts.

The Chairperson of CSI Artak Kirakosyan believes that such events and EU’s support to strengthening democracy in Armenia in general are very important.

“Europe Day is an opportunity to see the enormous work being carried out with the EU support. We opted to present ourselves in this format as our experience has proved that there is a need to raise awareness of the population about their rights. To be protected everyone has to know at least minimum of their rights when dealing with police,” – stated A.Kirakosyan.

By the way, CSI created also a mobile application of the quiz “When you are brought to a police station” for smart phones working on Android system. Both Armenian and English versions of the quiz are available at PlayStore. The test consists of 12 questions with multiple choice answer options. After every question the right answer is indicated and explanation is provided. A participant is able to share the results with friends through various social networks to enable his/her friends to raise their awareness by taking the test.

The Europe Day has been celebrated in Armenia since 2010. The aim of the event is to inform about projects and initiatives supported by the EU in Armenia.

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