Introduction of Probation Service Will Decrease Reoffending and Will Unburden PIs
09.07.2014 | Interview
Deputy Minister of Justice Suren Krmoyan’s interview to “Pastinfo” concerning problems of Penitentiary Institutions.
Armenian delegation studied Georgian experience in use of probation and alternative punishments
05.07.2014 | Position
On June 30-July 2, 2014 a delegation representing various governmental institutions of the Republic of Armenia visited Georgia to study Georgia’s experience in establishment and operation of the probation system and practice of use of non-custodial sentences and measures. The study trip was organized by Civil Society Institute non-governmental organization and Penal Reform International.
Conference and Rock Concert Against Torture and Impunity
27.06.2014 | Position
On 26 June, Civil Society Institute and Foundation Against Violation of Law NGOs organized a number of events to commemorate the United Nations’ International Day of Support to Victims of Torture. The organizations disseminated a joint announcement stating that the ineffective investigation and impunity have remained as a serious problem in cases of torture.
GrishaVirabyan’s case will be sent to new investigation
02.06.2014 | News
On May 22, the Court of first instance has granted Grisha Virabyan's claim, which requested to take into account the judgment of the ECHR against Armenia and recognize as ill-founded the 2005 decision to close Mr. Virabyan’s case on subjecting him to torture and send the case to proper pre-trial investigation.
The research shows that custodial sentences have a negative effect on almost all areas of life
22.05.2014 | Point of View
n January-March 2014 “Civil Society Institute” NGO with support of the Council of Europe office in Yerevan conducted a sociological study aimed at identifying pre-requisites of committing a crime and causes for reoffending in Armenia. The possible role of the Probation Service to be formed in the near future in Armenia was also assessed.
A. Zeynalyan: “Civil activists know their rights and police officers don’t”
20.05.2014 | Interview
Interview with Artak Zeynalyan, human rights defender, the Head of “Rule of Right” NGO.
Legislative initiative to implement the concept of compensation for non-pecuniary damage is under discussion
07.05.2014 | Point of View
The National Assembly introduces a draft law on making amendments and supplements to the Civil Code attempting to implement the institution of compensation for moral damage in Armenia. To date, the compensation mechanism for non material (moral) damage has not been defined in Armenian legislation.
Joint Statement concerning the application of detention as a measure of restraint in Armenia
06.05.2014 | Position
Civil Society Institute (CSI) and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) released joint statement on the application of detention as a measure of restraint in Armenia. "Recent cases of pre-trial detention in Armenia once again raise the issue of the routine application of measures of constraint by judges in violation of the international human rights standards"...
Ill-treatment of children in Byureghavan boarding school
29.04.2014 | News
In Byureghavan boardings school the teachers as a means of punishment make the children take part in the lesson in a standing position. Following the lesson from the semi opened door the Ombudsman’s representatives witnessed how the teacher strikes the fingers of one of the children with a pen and addresses him with inappropriate expressions.
Human rights in Armenia in 2013: torture and ill-treatment.
09.01.2014 | Point of View
According to the opinion of Arman Danielyan, the President of the “Civil Society Institute” and a member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture, Armenian policeman tortures, as he is not capable to use other means to solve a crime.