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The launch of the “Strengthening Healthcare and Human Rights Protection in Prisons in Armenia” project took place on 2 June 2015. This project is financed by the EU – Council of Europe Partnership Cooperation Framework in Eastern Partnership Countries for 2015-2017. The duration of the project is 24 months and it will be completed in 2017.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen human rights by improving the provision of healthcare, including mental healthcare, in prisons in Armenia, as well as by improving the capacities of the prison staff through the development and provision of formative training.
The project has other specific objectives, among which are:
• Improving the legal/institutional framework of healthcare in prisons of Armenia;
• Improving the material conditions of prisons’ healthcare units;
• Strengthening capacity for the provision of healthcare, in particular mental care for inmates, and building up the knowledge of prison staff on European standards on the provision of healthcare, medical ethics and human rights in prisons.
ARS_1295The Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, stressed that the EU was giving more money to Armenian citizens than those of Georgia or Moldova: ‘We have built 12 court houses here in Armenia; we have an ongoing €30 million project for the justice sector. We are planning more support and believe that human rights are important not only for Europe but for Armenia as well, as we share the same values. This position was stressed during the Riga summit. We see some improvements in human rights and the justice sector in Armenia, but many changes are still needed. We will also give additional €9 million to build a new prison in Armavir to ensure that more than one thousand prisoners can be kept in better conditions’.
The Armenian Minister of Justice, Hovhannes Manukyan, followed up on Adjemian’s points: ‘Healthcare is each human’s right, no matter what their punishment is. Human rights in prisons are more vulnerable – that’s why we have to pay more attention to them. ARS_1224The Armenian Ministry of Justice is making reforms to improve conditions in prisons and bring them closer to European standards. Today we are here to launch this new project, which became possible with the support of our European partners’.
The main results expected by the end of the project include:
• The legal and institutional framework for healthcare provision in prisons has been brought into line with the European standards;
• Provision of healthcare in prisons has been improved and brought into line with European standards;
• Material conditions of healthcare services in prisons have been improved;
• Medical and non-medical staff in prisons has been trained on European standards in healthcare in prisons, human rights, and medical ethics.
We are all looking forward for the successful implementation of this EU – Council of Europe project.