FIDH and its member organisation in Armenia Civil Society Institute (CSI) would like to draw the attention to the case of "New Armenia" activist Gevorg Safaryan as an example demonstrating the misuse of the Penal Code by the law enforcement in order to exert pressure on activists. Detained on New Year’s Eve during a peaceful assembly, G. Safaryan faces prolonged imprisonment on charges of violence against police under Article 316 of the Penal Code.
Yerevan, 11 February, 2016: As of January 2016 Civil Society Institute (CSI) NGO has started implementation of a two-year project “Towards a Probation Service in Armenia” which is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
Paris-Yerevan, February 9, 2016. The constitutional referendum in Armenia on December 6, 2015, was marred by serious electoral fraud, reported FIDH member organisation in Armenia Civil Society Institute (CSI) in its recent observation report.
“Civil Society Institute” (CSI) NGO in cooperation with the British non-governmental organisation “Saferworld” has conducted Community-based Needs Assessment in ten borderline communities in Tavush region of Armenia. The results of the Community-based Needs Assessment were presented at the round-table discussion on “The Needs and Issues in Borderline Communities”, which was held on November 20, 2015 in Yerevan.
Civil Society Institute (CSI) NGO carried out observation mission of the Referendum on the Constitutional amendments on 6 of December 2015 in Armenia. The observation was carried out at #1 Precinct (35 polling stations) in Avan and Nor Nork administrative districts of Yerevan. CSI observers were present at the polling stations in two shifts from 7.30 am until the end of the vote count process and finalization of all paperwork. Throughout the day a hotline 080 080 804 has been operated to provide free of charge legal assistance.
On 2 December 2015 Civil Society Institute NGO in cooperation with “SIAS” Special International Academy of Security organized one-day training for 17 juveniles supervised by the Alternative Sanctions Enforcement Division (ASED) of the Penitentiary Department under the Ministry of Justice.
The aim of the training was to assist and contribute to re-socialization of juveniles in conflict with law.
On October 21-23, 2015 Civil Society Institute organized three day training for secondary school students of N 77 school after R. Miroyan. During the training the school students gained skills on effective communication, talked about violence and its causes and sources, as well as about non-violence and peace, the global challenging problems and what can we do for sustainable peace. The participants also gained knowledge about Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel’s biography and activities, as well as Nobel Peace Laureates.
On 23-27 November 2015 Civil Society Institute (CSI) with the support of the British Embassy in Yerevan in the frames of the British Horizons Initiative invited an expert in prison management Philip John Taylor OBE. Mr. Taylor has over 35 year experience working in prison system.
On 16-17 September 2015 a two-day cross-border seminar “Coalition for Trust in the South Caucasus” was organized in Yerevan. More than 25 representatives of civil society from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia participated in the event.