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In support of torture victims

29 July 2013

The Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL) organized a series of events on 26-27 June 2013 to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
These events were put on as part of the “Exclusion of Torture and Forced Confessions as Grounds for a Fair Trial” programme, which is funded jointly by the European Union and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.
The events started with a march and picket in front of several state bodies, includingthe Armenian Police, the Kentron-Nor Nork Court of General Jurisdiction, the ArmenianProsecutor’s Office, the Special Investigation Service, and the Court of Cassation. The activists’ goal was to raise awareness and hold those agenciesresponsible for the persistence of torture in their institutions.

Later the same day, on the corner of Northern Avenue and Pushkin Street, a flash mob convened under the slogan “Torture is a Crime”. The purpose of this action was to draw people’s attention to the use of torture by law-enforcement officers.

The final event was a press conference held jointly by the ArmenianHuman Rights Defender’s Office, CSI and FAVL on 27 June. The conference, entitled “Refraining from Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation”, addressed issues related to torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Armenian law-enforcement institutions.

‘We are striving to find ways of preventing torture;it is truly shameful to have cases of torture in the 21stcentury ina country which has supposedly chosen the path of European integration. It is impossible to put an end to it with one declaration or by condemningone or two acts of torture;instead we need a national programme which will help to prevent the phenomenon of torture,’ said Arman Danielian, CSI President.

The organizers had prepared a list of proposals to be discussed with governmental bodies. Genia Petrosyan, Representative of the Human Rights Defender’s Office,statedthat the Ombudsman would deliver an intermediate report as a national preventive mechanism against torture in June.

During the press conferencethe participants, whoincluded representatives of relevant governmental bodies, diplomatic agencies, and international and local NGOs, discussed ways in which state institutions and non-governmental organizations could cooperate to rehabilitate victims of torture both medically and psychologically.

FAVL President, Mikael Aramian, noted that torture cases should be investigated using acomprehensive and unbiased approach, and that the perpetratorsshould be persecuted.

In support of torture victims

The Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Foundation Against the Violation of Law (FAVL) organized a series of events on 26-27 June 2013 to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. These events were put on as part of the “Exclusion of Torture and Forced Confessions as Grounds for a Fair Trial” programme, which is funded jointly by the European Union and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The events started with a march and picket in front of several state bodies, includingthe Armenian Police, the Kentron-Nor Nork Court of General Jurisdiction, the ArmenianProsecutor's Office, the Special Investigation Service, and the Court of Cassation. The activists’ goal was to raise awareness and hold those agenciesresponsible for the persistence of torture in their institutions. Later the same day, on the corner of Northern Avenue and Pushkin Street, a flash mob convened under the slogan “Torture is a Crime”. The purpose of this action was to draw people’s attention to the use of torture by law-enforcement officers. The final event was a press conference held jointly by the ArmenianHuman Rights Defender’s Office, CSI and FAVL on 27 June. The conference, entitled “Refraining from Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation”, addressed issues related to torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Armenian law-enforcement institutions. ‘We are striving to find ways of preventing torture;it is truly shameful to have cases of torture in the 21stcentury ina country which has supposedly chosen the path of European integration. It is impossible to put an end to it with one declaration or by condemningone or two acts of torture;instead we need a national programme which will help to prevent the phenomenon of torture,’ said Arman Danielian, CSI President. The organizers had prepared a list of proposals to be discussed with governmental bodies. Genia Petrosyan, Representative of the Human Rights Defender’s Office,statedthat the Ombudsman would deliver an intermediate report as a national preventive mechanism against torture in June. During the press conferencethe participants, whoincluded representatives of relevant governmental bodies, diplomatic agencies, and international and local NGOs, discussed ways in which state institutions and non-governmental organizations could cooperate to rehabilitate victims of torture both medically and psychologically. FAVL President, Mikael Aramian, noted that torture cases should be investigated using acomprehensive and unbiased approach, and that the perpetratorsshould be persecuted.