Edmon Marukyan

Chairman of the board

Education: Edmon Marukyan holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Jurisprudence from the Public Administration Academy of Armenia and the second one in Law (LL.M.) with concentration in International Human Rights Law from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Professional expertise: Edmon Marukyan has been a Human Rights advocate and in 2011 he founded and chaired «Center for Strategic Litigations» Human Rights NGO. Since 2001, he has specialized in the protection of Human Rights and was considerably involved in strengthening of democracy and sustaining civil society in Armenia. He worked as legal advisor, defending citizens in courts, conducted strategic litigations taking cases up to the European Court of Human Rights.

From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Marukyan worked as a consultant at Human Rights Watch, conducting research on Human Rights issues and drafting statements, reports, other important documents.

Edmon Marukyan has been elected a member of the National Assembly of Armenia three consecutive times. He was elected to the Parliament in 2012 for the first time.

In December 2015, Edmon Marukyan founded «Bright Armenia» Political Party with likeminded, professional young people who have had successful career development achievements in their respective fields and had interest in entering politics and contributing to the democratic development of Armenia.

On 02 October, 2016, «Bright Armenia» participated in local-self-government elections of Vanadzor (third largest city in Armenia with 80,000 population) and came the second after the ruling party, taking 10 seats out of 33 in the Local Council.

On December 12, 2016, in cooperation with «Civic Contract» and «Republic» Political Parties, «Bright Armenia» has formed a political Alliance named «Way Out», electing Edmon Marukyan to lead the proportional list of the Alliance in the Parliamentary elections of April 2, 2017. The “Way Out” Alliance came the third out of four political powers forming the new Parliament, which consisted of 105 seats. «Way Out» Alliance was presented in the National Assembly through 9 MPs.

In the snap elections conducted on 09 December 2018 11 political powers took part. However, only 3 parties made it to the Parliament. «Bright Armenia» Party, led by Edmon Marukyan, came in the third, taking 18 seats out of 132 in the new Parliament.

Edmon Marukyan has been member to the Parliamentary Standing Committees on:

  • Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs; Foreign Relations; State and Legal Affairs (V convocation),
  • State and Legal Affairs and Protection of Human Rights (VI convocation),
  • Foreign Affairs (VII convocation).

At the same time, Edmon Marukyan has been member to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). He has been member to the PACE Committees on:

  • Legal Affairs and Human Rights (First Vice-ChairPerson),
  • Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights,
  • Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee),
  • Equality and Non-Discrimination.

Languages: Armenian, Russian, English