“The Impunity Contributes to the Escalation of the Situation We are Facing Nowadays”
16.01.2015 | Interview
Interview with the member of UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Director of “Civil Society Institute” NGO Arman Danielyan.
OSCE supports Borderline Reality art exhibition on Human Rights Day to promote rehabilitation of convicted persons in Armenia
11.12.2014 | News
The exhibition is organized by artist-curator Samvel Saghatelyan, and includes art works by the artist and convicts from the several penitentiary institutions. The exhibition aims to contribute to eliminating societal stigmas, to promote the rehabilitation of persons through culture and artwork, and involve the people in penitentiary institutions in artwork.
“Armavir” PI Will Unburden Other Penitentiary Institutions (Photos)
01.12.2014 | News
On November 29 the official opening ceremony of the first building of “Armavir” penitentiary institution was held. Serj Sargsyan, the President of the Republic of Armenia, was present at the opening. The first building to be exploited hosts 400 convicts. The second and third buildings which will host 800 convicts are to be put into operation by the end of 2015.
CSI suggested a model of reforming Early conditional release system in RA
14.11.2014 | Point of View
CSI presents to the attention and consideration of the relevant stakeholders a proposal on reforming the mechanism for early conditional release in Armenia. The body to make the final decision on early conditional release should be the court.
CSI president Arman Danielyan is reelected in the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
29.10.2014 | News
Arman Danielyan, the President of Civil Society Institute NGO, was reelected as SPT member for four years’ term. SPT is one of the United Nations mechanisms directed to the prevention of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Member States by visiting all places of detention in those States and examining the treatment of people held there.
Early Conditional Release System is not predictable for Prisoners
24.10.2014 | Position
The early conditional release (ECR) system in Armenia lacks clear criteria and does not work effectively. In 2013 only five per cent of inmates eligible for ECR were released. Decisions of the Independent Board on not approving ECR are not grounded and are not subject to appeal. The stakeholders do not deny that the system needs to be reformed.
The Problems of the Introduction of Probation System Have Been Discussed at the Penitentiary Department
22.10.2014 | News
On February 22 a meeting between HaykKhemchyan, the coordinator of the project “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia”implemented by the Council of Europe and Martin Saddon, probation issuescounselor who had arrived from the UK took place at the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice RA. This is reported from the official website of the Penitentiary Department.
Statement regarding the trial of Shahen Harutyunyan, Shant Harutyunyan’s son
25.09.2014 | News
EaP CSF Armenian National Platform expresses its deep resentment with the RA Prosecutor’s office indecent charges against Shahen Harutyunyan and reaffirms its assessment of Shant Harutyunyan and his son’s prosecution as a case for political persecution.
Prevention of Torture: UN human rights body suspends Azerbaijan visit citing official obstruction
18.09.2014 | News
The delegation was prevented from visiting several places where people are detained and was barred from completing its work at other sites, despite repeated attempts to do so and assurances of unrestricted access to all places of deprivation of liberty by Azerbaijani authorities.
Representatives of the Ministry of Justice discussed with CSI issues related to early conditional release system
11.07.2014 | News
On 10 July, a meeting between Deputy Minister of Justice Suren Qrmoyan and, Norayr Balayan, Head of Department of legal support of the system of MoJ and CSI President Arman Danielyan as well as representatives of CSI’s human rights department, and Hayk Khemchyan, Project Coordinator of the of the Council of Europe “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in RA” project was held at CSI premises.