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Larisa Alaverdyan (Armenian: Լարիսա Ալավերդյան; born 21 September 1943), is an Armenian pedagogue and politician who served as the first Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia (Ombudsman), member of the National Assembly between 2007 and 2012 and leader of the faction of party Founding Parliament[1] between 2009 and 2012.

Larisa Alaverdyan
Լարիսա Ալավերդյան
1st Ombudsman
In office
1 March 2004 – 20 February 2006
PresidentRobert Kocharyan
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byArmen Harutyunyan
Member of the National Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-09-21) September 21, 1943 (age 75)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyFounding Parlaiment
Alma materAzerbaijan State Pedagogical University


Alaverdyan was born in Baku, nowadays part of Republic of Azerbaijan and After graduating from the State Pedagogical Institute of Azerbaijan in 1966, she started her pedagogical work as a teacher of mathematics and drawing. Between 1966 and 1967 was teacher of maths in a rural secondary school.[2]

From 1991 to 1995, was the chief expert of the Special Commission of the Supreme Council of Armenia in issues related to Nagorno-Karabakh, and since 2006 is the executive director of the NGO "Against the Violation of Law".[3][4]

She is actually the director of Institute of Law and Politics of the Russian-Armenian University, where teaches since 2002.[5]

Participated in the European Union-Armenia parliamentary cooperative committee in the 10th meeting between 24 and 26 November 2008.[6]

Career as OmbudsmanEdit

The office of Human Rights Defender, or Ombudsman, of Armenia was created by law in October 2003, and on 19 February 2004 Larisa Alaverdyan was appointed to the office by presidential decree[7][8], assuming the office on 1 March 2004.

She helped the creation of the rehabilitation center of the South Caucasus for the victims of organized violence. This center managed to bring back home some Armenian children( 1992 to 1996).[9]