Meet Ombudsman

Elected in March 2021

Gegham Stepanyan

Born on July 22, 1991 in the city of Stepanakert.


    • 1998-2008 studied at the secondary school number 1 after Khachatur Abovyan in Stepanakert
    • 2008-2014 studied International relations at the Yerevan State University
    • 2014-2026 studied at the Master’s program in Political Science and International Affairs of the American University of Armenia


    Work Experience

    • 2016-2020 worked in the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh as an Assistant to the President of the Parliament
    • 2016-2019 was a lecturer at the Department of History and Political Science of Artsakh State University
    • From September 2020 to March 2021 worked in the staff of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic as Executive Secretary (Chief of Staff).
    • On March 25, 2021 was elected as Human Rights Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic by the National Assembly of Artsakh.


    Other Information

    • 2009-2011 served in the Defense Army of the Republic of Artsakh
    • 2016-2019 was a member of Artsakh team of Crisis Management Initiative



Term of Office 2018 October - 2020 December

Artak Beglaryan

Born on July 5, 1988, in Stepanakert.

Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Artsakh since 2018.

  • 2013 – 2018: PhD in Political Science, Institute for National Strategic Studies after Drastamat Kanayan, adjacent to the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.
  • 2016 May – July: PhD researcher at Fribourg University of Switzerland with grant of Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN).
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Term of Office 2016 May - 2018 October

Ruben Melikyan

Born on  June 26, 1982 in Yerevan.

  • 2008  June  – December : USA, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • 2003-2006: Yerevan State University, Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics,  Postgraduate Study, Candidate of Law (equivalent to PhD)
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Term of Office 2008 April - 2016 May

Yuri Hayrapetyan

Born on 26 october 1954 in Stepanakert.

  • 1983 - Graduated from the correspondence department of the Law faculty of Yerevan State University
  • 1962-1972 - Studied at Stepanakert secondary school No 3.
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