Over the last several years, the Open Society Foundations–Armenia has struggled to reverse the country’s turn away from democracy and human rights. Our approach has been to engage directly in evidence-based advocacy for genuine reform. We have worked to mobilize and empower civil society to hold the government accountable to its commitments within the European integration processes and to international human rights standards.
To promote rights and uphold freedoms, the foundation focuses on the most vulnerable groups and has supported groundbreaking rights initiatives in closed institutions that have protected army conscripts and religious and sexual minorities. We support efforts for electoral integrity by helping groups use novel technology like crowd sourcing and comparative analysis to challenge electoral fraud and administrative abuse. The foundation has highlighted the relationship between law and health to promote positive changes in narcotic drug regulation and increase the use and acceptance of substitution treatment and palliative care.