E/C.12/ARM/CO/2-3 United Nations Economic and Social Council Distr.: General 16 July 2014 Original: English Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Concluding observations on the combined second and third periodic reports of Armenia* 1. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the combined second and third periodic reports of Armenia on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/ARM/2-3) at its 15th and 16th meetings (see E/C.12/2014/SR.15-16), held on 7 May 2014, and adopted, at its 40th meeting, held on 23 May 2014, the following concluding observations. A. Introduction 2. The Committee takes note of the submission by Armenia of its combined second and third periodic reports, which reflect the State party’s efforts to provide an account of the steps taken to implement the recommendations made by the Committee in its preceding concluding observations. The Committee also takes note of the detailed written replies to its list of issues (E/C.12/ARM/Q/2-3/Add.1) and welcomes the constructive dialogue held with the State party’s delegation. B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee notes that, under article 5 of the Law on International Treaties of the Republic of Armenia, the international conventions on human rights ratified or acceded to by Armenia, including the Covenant, have direct effect in the State Party and that, under article 6 of the Constitution, in the event of conflicting legislation, the provisions of the international conventions prevail. The Committee further notes that the provisions of the Covenant can be invoked before the domestic courts. 4. The Committee welcomes the State party’s ratification of the following human rights instruments since the previous review of Armenia by the Committee: (a) The Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, in 2011; (b) The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in 2010; * Adopted by the Committee at its fifty-second session (28 April–23 May 2014). GE.14-08576 *1408576*

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