Meet Ombudsman

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.

Work Experience

  • 2016 May-present:advisor to the President of the Republic of Artsakh
  • 2008-2014: Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Artsakh
  • 2005-2008: Elected deputy of the NKR National Assembly of the 4th convocation within the proportional list and Chairman of the Standing Committee on state and legal issues
  • 2000 -2005: Elected deputy of the NKR National Assembly of the 3rd convocation from the Stepanakert constituency No 5, Chairman of the Standing Committee on state and legal issues
  • July 1998 - May 2000:Criminologist-prosecutor of the General Prosecutor's Office
  • January 1998:Appointed prosecutor of the Askeran region
  • 1994-1997:Head of the NKR State Department of Justice
  • May 1993:Appointed Head of the legal department of the Supreme Council of the NKR
  • June 8, 1992:Appointed prosecutor of the investigation department of the NKR Prosecutor's Office
  • February 1989 - Served as a senior investigator of the regional prosecutor's office, prosecutor of the investigation department and other positions
  • 1987-1989:Investigator of the district prosecutor's office of Martuni and Askeran
  • February, 1987:Joined the prosecutor's office of NKAO, then the NKR
  • July 1978 - February, 1987:Chief Inspector of the Council of Trade Unions of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO)
  • October 1977 - July 1978:Legal consultant of Stepanakert wine factory
  • July 1976 - October 1977:Senior legal advisor to the Trust
  • May 1976: Senior Legal Adviser, Supply Department of Agricultural Construction of the Armenian SSR
  • 1974-1976:Served in the Soviet army
  • December, 1972:Appointed methodologist of the Station of young technicians of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous District.

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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Elected in March 2021

Gegham Stepanyan

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

  • 2009-2011 served in the Defense Army of the Republic of Artsakh
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