ACCESS – the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards is a non-governmental organisation committed to promoting and protecting human rights in Europe. The mission of the organisation is to facilitate the access of national civil society organisations to the Council of Europe (CoE), and ensure that human rights are effectively protected and implemented through the procedures of the CoE.

ACCESS aims to promote the work of the CoE and strengthen the efficiency of its monitoring bodies by developing the long-term capacity of national civil society organisations to strategically engage with the CoE mechanisms.

This will be achieved by increasing the understanding of the mechanisms and venues that are available to NGOs to participate in and impact the work of the CoE. The approach includes increasing awareness and carrying out trainings on CoE standards with national NGOs; assisting national NGO partners in report drafting and submissions; as well as facilitating the coordination of NGO human rights coalitions and networks on thematic issues.

Armenian Association for the Disabled “Pyunic” was created in 1989 to provide support to children who were injured during the devastating earthquake of 1988. Currently “Pyunic” implements numerous projects in different spheres like promotion of physical, social and psychological rehabilitation of PWDs, sports, vocational training, rights protection, public education etc.

The organization has more than 100 volunteers and eleven staff members that provide year-round services and implement projects targeting people with disabilities, children and adults. “Pyunic” is supported by benevolent funds, international organizations, embassies, as well as by private benefactors. Since February 2017 “Pyunic” has started the implementation of a large-scale project funded by the European Union. The pilot project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of Civil Society Organization and involving them in the monitoring mechanisms of the Council of Europe.