A policeman who beats is “a butcher and weak-minded”- the words and actions of the Head of Police
16.04.2013 | Point of View
Appointment of the former Head of Criminal Investigation Department Ashot Karapetyan in the position of the Head of Yerevan Police is greatly discussed in mass media, because his name was mentioned more than once in the context of allegations of beating and violence at police.
CSI presented human rights issues in Armenia to the UN
03.04.2013 | Position
“For 5 years the law-enforcement bodies were not able to investigate 10 murders of March 1, 2008 because they have been looking for perpetrators among the protestors and could not identify,- says CSI President Arman Danielyan and suggests the SIS to pay attention to the conduct of the law enforcement bodies as well.
The trial on criminal case against operative police officers started
27.03.2013 | News
Today the first court session on the case against operative police officers of Yerevan Kentron Police Department Khachik Bahbudaryan and Artak Barseghyan started at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan. The operative police officers are charged under Articles 314 and 309.2 of the Armenian Criminal Code.
CSI's Response to the Video Message Issued by the RA Police
20.03.2013 | Position
On March 20, the Civil Society Institute responded to a video material issued by the RA Police which had criticized the organization’s recently launched Study on Ill-treatment and Torture of Juveniles in the Republic of Armenia.
No cases were instituted on facts of cruel treatment against juveniles
15.03.2013 | Point of View
On 13 March 2013 in Yerevan a presentation of the research report on cruel treatment and torture against juvenile was held. In the framework of the research 86 juvenile offenders were interviewed. Only 8 interviewees mentioned that they had been subjected to physical violence at the police. However, 51 per cent of them have heard about cases of cruel treatment and torture in relation to other children.
Armenian Legislation on Torture does not comply with the international standards
14.03.2013 | Position
On March 13, 2013 Study on Ill-treatment and Torture against Juveniles in the Republic of Armenia has been presented in Yerevan. “Civil Society Institute” NGO expert, co-author of the study Tatevik Gharibyan presented the current issues in the legislation on torture. According to her, the definition of torture used in the Criminal Code does not comply with the definition provided in the UN Convention against Torture.
The study has revealed the cases involving violations of the rights of juveniles
13.03.2013 | Position
On March 13, 2013 Study on Ill-treatment and Torture against Juveniles in the Republic of Armenia was presented in Yerevan. The study was conducted in cooperation of UNICEF, Civil Society Institute and Penal Reform International organizations together with the Office of Human Rights Defender and funded by the EU.
The young man who had been subjected to violence at the Police, terminated the hunger strike
15.01.2013 | Point of View
Detainee of “Nubarashen” penitentiary institution Robert Hovsepyan who went on termless hunger strike since 9 January 2013 terminated the hunger strike on 12 January being persuaded by his defense attorney.
28 year-old young man is accused for theft. However he states that he is innocent and his self-incriminatory testimonies were extracted through torture.
Human Rights in Armenia in 2012: Torture and Right to Fair Trial
08.01.2013 | Point of View
In Armenia no significant progress was registered in regard to struggle against torture. There are still many instances of torture, because perpetrators mainly are not adequately punished. This conclusion was made by a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, President of Civil Society Institute, Arman Danielyan.
People mainly complain about unlawful detention at police stations
24.12.2012 | News
“Summarizing the rapid responses that I have carried out, I can state that the majority of cases concerns unlawful summoning to police stations and groundless apprehension for hours without notification of the rights”, says a staff member of “Civil Society Institute” NGO Isahak Khachatryan, who is also the member of the Torture Prevention Expert Council under the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Office of Armenia.