Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL)?

Answer: FAVL is an Armenia-based NGO dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.

Since our founding, we have committed ourselves to the spread of international humanitarian norms and basic freedoms, as well as socioeconomic development and civic participation, without regard to race, gender, nationality, religious or political orientation.

The main beneficiaries of our programs include people suffering from military hostilities, victims of torture, and socially vulnerable populations.

We are also currently operating 5 Civic Centers in the regions of Syunik and Vayots Dzor, providing free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it and engaging community members in local decision making processes.

Q: Is FAVL effective?

A: FAVL’s record as one of the longest-lasting and most active human rights NGO’s in Armenia speaks for itself.

We are proud to be one of the first organizations in Armenia to distribute and actively promote international humanitarian norms. We are also one of the first organizations in Armenia to offer free legal services to vulnerable populations and the first in the region to establish a rehabilitation center for victims of torture.

Through the efforts of our organization, more than 1800 hostages have been freed, 250 prisoners of war have been released, and numerous prisoners facing the death penalty have been saved from execution. FAVL also played a lead role in the eventual abolishing of the death penalty in Armenia.

But we still have a long way to go. We will continue pursuing our mission and seeking more effective ways to ensure that the basic human rights of every individual is upheld and protected.

Q: How did FAVL start?

A: Founded in the fall of 1991, in response to the infamous Operation Ring campaign (wherein hundreds of inhabitants in Nagorno-Karabakh were arbitrarily arrested by Azeri forces and deported from their homes), the organization initially focused its efforts on freeing hostages, prisoners of war, and missing persons. It worked with the Red Cross, United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to counter the large-scale human rights abuses taking place in Karabakh.

By April 14, 1992, FAVL became officially registered as an NGO and began working with the government to facilitate prisoner exchanges between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

As the war subsided, the organization’s commitment to universal human rights soon turned its attention to abuses within Armenia internally.

FAVL began working on legal protection for victims of conflict and rehabilitation for individuals who have undergone torture. It also became more involved in civic engagement and micro-economic development projects.

Read more about FAVL’s History

Q: Where is FAVL based?

A: Our central office is located in Yerevan, Armenia.

We also operate 5 Civic Centers in the communities of Kapan, Meghri, Sisian, Vayk, and Yeghegnadzor.

Q: How do I receive free legal consultation from FAVL?

A: Legal services (claims, briefs, lawsuits, motions, appeals, cassation complaints, judicial representation, etc) are provided only to socially vulnerable and 1st or 2nd degree disabled individuals.

To receive free legal assistance, one must provide the following:

1) Personal identification papers

2) Official documentation proving the current right to receive family relief, 1st or 2nd degree disabled benefits, or social assistance.

Q: Who finances FAVL’s work?

A: We neither solicit nor receive funds from state authorities, political parties, or entities involved in human rights abuses.

Our support comes from organizations and donors committed to basic international humanitarian norms and fundamental freedoms.

Past and present sponsors of FAVL include Amnesty International, the United Nations, Red Cross, Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, International Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims, and Open Society Foundations.

Find out more about FAVL’s Partners

Q: How can I contact FAVL?

A: For inquiries about our programs and services, contact our central office at 010-58-28-19 or email us at

You can also contact one of our 5 regional Civic Centers: