On October 15, 2001 in Yerevan a round table was held entitled “Compliance of Legislation of the Republic of Armenia with the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” It was organized by the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Brookings Institution – CUNY Project on Internal Displacement and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA).
The round table was organized within the framework of a joint project involving the three countries of the South Caucasus – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The project was initiated and sponsored by the Brookings Institution, OSCE’s ODIHR, and GYLA, which acted as project coordinator. Two legal experts from each of the South Caucasus countries were assigned to produce research papers on the compatibility of their respective national laws with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Following the preparation of the research papers, round tables were organized in each of the South Caucasus countries to serve as a forum for presenting the findings of the research papers and to discuss internal displacement problems in each country and the region. The first round table was organized in Yerevan, Armenia.
The round table agenda covered introductory remarks by the organizers, presentations by the national experts and discussion of the report and other issues. A broad range of participants attended the meeting, in particular representatives from Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international and regional organizations and research institutions.