New Council of Europe HELP course on human rights in the armed forces

Members of the armed forces appreciate the same human rights and fundamental freedoms as everyone else in a society, like any other citizen. These are the same rights and freedoms enshrined in the various international, national and regional sources of human rights law. However, a person working in the military may experience situations and circumstances that a civilian will never, or rarely, experience. Similarly, rights and freedoms, and their restrictions when deemed necessary, may manifest themselves in specifically military ways.

The aim of the course is to help legal professionals and others taking the course better understand the human rights and fundamental freedoms of members of the armed forces and the protection mechanisms in place in peacetime (as part of their daily work and service, including missions abroad).

The HELP course emphasizes the role of the Council of Europe treaties and the protections provided by the ECHR, other applicable treaties as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

This HELP Online Course on Human Rights in the Armed Forces was developed as part of the project “Human Rights and Women in the Armed Forces of Armenia – Phase II” in cooperation with the Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (TO HELP) Program using the HELP methodology ( The project is implemented by the Council of Europe within the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2019-2022.

Course Structure

The course consists of 8 substantive modules and has an estimated learning time of 8-10 hours.

  1. Presentation and terms
  2. Legal framework
  3. Dignity
  4. Liberties and Liberties
  5. Economic and social rights
  6. Justice and remedies
  7. Effective reviews and/or investigations
  8. Equality and non-discrimination

Access the free online course

The course can be accessed by visiting the Council of Europe HELP online platform at

You must first open a HELP Platform account if you haven’t already (2 minutes). Then you can follow this link to go directly to the online course:

If successfulthe completion of the course, a HELP stcount of Aachievement can be generated in electronic form and can be printed by the user. At the request of national authorities, the course can be translated into other languages ​​and adapted to the national legal order and context. As of September 2022, the course is being translated into Armenian and Ukrainian.

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