July 3, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dickran Khodanian
tel. (818) 500-1918

Ombudsmen of Artsakh and Armenia Visit the ANCA Western Region Office

GLENDALE, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) Board of Directors met with the Human Rights Defenders of Armenia and Artsakh – Arman Tatoyan and Artak Beglaryan – who are visiting California to partake in the Armenian Bar Association’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference. In addition to the ombudsmen, the delegation also included the Permanent Representative of Artsakh Republic to the U.S. and Canada Robert Avetisyan and the leadership of the Armenian Bar Association.

Welcoming the guests, ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq. talked about the work of the organization, its accomplishments, and future plans in advancing the Armenian Cause.

“Promotion and protection of human rights encompasses a significant part of our work,” remarked Hovsepian. “From pursuing truth and justice for the Armenian Genocide to defending Artsakh citizens’ inalienable right to independence and self-determination, the ANCA Western Region takes a 360 degree view in identifying and promoting our public policy priorities.”

Mr. Beglaryan and Mr. Tatoyan talked about their current priorities and ongoing projects, highlighting the need to continuously strengthen the protection of human rights and further develop civil society resiliency in both republics. The two ombudsmen also thanked the ANCA-WR for the active work in promoting relations between the United States and the two Armenian republics.  

“The ANCA has long been advocating for Armenian human rights from the illegal blockades by Azerbaijan and Turkey to the war crimes committed against Artsakh in 2016 or the firing of civilians over the last 30 years,” said ANCA National Board Member Steve Dadaian, Esq. who was also present at the meeting. “The ANCA welcomes the Ombudsmen and wishes them success in their duties.”

Last week representatives of the ANCA Western Region Board and Staff were present at the Armenian Bar’s Conference and Gala Banquet, celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary and supporting its important activities.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential nonpartisan Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues in pursuit of the Armenian Cause.