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.
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.
Torture perpetrators shall not be granted amnesty
15.10.2013 | Position
Civil Society Institute expresses its deep concerns in regard to this shameful practice of releasing police officers-perpetrators of torture from serving punishment by granting amnesty. As a result, torture perpetrators avoid criminal responsibility or serving their punishment, and this contributes to a climate of impunity among the law enforcement officials.
Police officer resorts to torture due to the lack of other methods to reveal crime
10.10.2013 | Interview
Interview with the member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, President of the Civil Society Institute NGO Arman Danielyan.
The Ombudsman Will Not Fight Against Torture If State Funding Is Not Provided
04.07.2013 | News
The Armenian Human Rights Defender Karen Andreasyan and the UK Ambassador to Armenia Katherine Leach following a visit to “Noubarashen” penitentiary institution met with journalists to present their impressions and the Interim Report of the Ombudsman on Prevention of Torture and Other Inhuman Treatment.
Serious Torture Prevention Action Plan is expected from the State
28.06.2013 | Point of View
On June 27, 2013 the Conference on “Refraining from Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation-2013” took place. "The practice of torture established in our country since the first years of Soviet era cannot be overcome by a mere statement of the Head of Police or by convicting few police officers", told CSI President Arman Danielyan in his opening speech.
Flash-mob «It is not allowed to detect crimes by means of beating» (photos)
27.06.2013 | News
On 26 June, 2013 a flash-mob with the following mottos «Torture is a crime», «Punish torturers», « It is not allowed to detect crimes by means of beating », «I have to be protected by the law» took place at the Northern Avenue of Yerevan. The event was organized by “Civil Society Institute” NGO.
NGOs submit recommendations for torture prevention
26.06.2013 | News
The 26th of June is proclaimed by the UN as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, and it has been observed since 1997. Today “Civil Society Institute” NGO together with “Foundation Against Violations of Law” NGO organized a march and picketing with a motto “Armenia without torture”. During the march letters with a number of recommendations aimed at torture prevention were handed to the relevant state bodies.
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Marked in Armenia
25.06.2013 | Position
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.
Guilty verdict delivered on the case of a young man who had been subjected to violence at the police station
10.06.2013 | Point of View
The court found Robert Hovsepyan guilty and charged him with almost maximal term. However, the lawyer states that there is no direct evidence proving the guilt of Hovsepyan, such as fingerprints or testimonies of any other eye- witness. The court based its decision only on the testimony given by a former policeman. The defense is going to appeal the verdict.