Mr. Edmon Marukyan is a member of National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. Mr. Marukyan was elected on May 6, 2012 Deputy of the National Assembly from the electoral district N 30. Before elections he was a human rights advocate and the chairman of the “Center for Strategic Litigations” Human Rights NGO. Since 2001, he has specialized in the protection of human rights and has been considerably involved in the strengthening of democracy and civil society in Armenia. In 2005, as a human rights NGO representative, he became an observer at the Public Monitoring Group, observing the rights of persons taken into custody at criminal-executive institutions within Armenia. He has provided legal consultation to a number of projects, defended citizens in court hearings, conducted strategic litigations taking cases up to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2009, Mr. Marukyan was awarded a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship and conducted a research in International Human Rights Law in the US. Mr. 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.