International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Marked in Armenia


Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL) are teaming up for a series of events on 26 – 27 June 2013 to mark the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June.

Activists from both organisations will start their activities on the morning of 26 June with a march and picket in front of several relevant state bodies, including the RA Police (10:30 am), Kentron-Nor Nork Court of General Jurisdiction (11:45 am), and the RA Prosecutor's Office, Special Investigation Service and the Court of Cassation (12:30 pm). The purpose of the march is to raise awareness and hold those institutions responsible for the persistence of torture accountable for their actions. In addition, the picket will highlight the need to assist victims of torture.

Later that day, at 6:30 pm, on the corner of Northern Avenue and Pushkin Street, a flash mob will take place under the slogan “Torture is a Crime.” The purpose of this action is to draw people’s attention to the use of torture by law enforcement officers. Further information is available at the event’s Facebook page: goo.gl/VtNvG.

Finally, on Thursday, June 27, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, a conference entitled “Refraining from Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation” will be heldat the Congress Hotel. The event is being organized jointly by the RA Human Rights Defender’s Office, CSI and FAVL.

The conference will address issues related to torture and ill-treatment in the Armenian law enforcement institutions and propose steps for its prevention. It will also discuss the ways how state institutions and non-governmental organisations can work together in the field of medical-psychological rehabilitation of victims of torture. Representatives of relevant governmental bodies, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international and local NGOs and journalists are invited to the event.

The organisation of these events on behalf of CSI is made possible as part of the “Exclusion of Torture and Forced Confessions as a Ground for Fair Trial" programme, funded jointly by the European Union (90%) and Norwegian Helsinki Committee (10%).

The organisation of these events on behalf of FAVL is made possible as part of the “Armenian rehabilitation and development center for the victims of torture –ARDCen-TV" program, funded jointly by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

Source www.hra.am