The early conditional release (ECR) system in Armenia lacks clear criteria and does not work effectively. In 2013 only five per cent of inmates eligible for ECR were released. Decisions of the Independent Board on not approving ECR are not grounded and are not subject to appeal. The stakeholders do not deny that the system needs to be reformed.
On July 22-23, 2014 “Civil Society Institute” NGO organized a two-day training course in Yerevan about the International Criminal Court (ICC). Representatives of Armenian NGOs and media, lawyers and young activists participated in the training.
Civil Society Institute, Armenia organized a three-day training workshop on the topic “Strategic Planning of Organization” on July 17-20, 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia in the framework of the project “Assisting in development of sound civil society through strategic planning and implementation” funded by the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Eighteen representatives of NGOs and civic initiatives from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan participated in the training.
UNDEF Deputy Head Annika Savill visited Armenia on May of 2014. We are presenting you her notes about visit from web-page of UNDEF.
On 10 July, a meeting was held at CSI, at which Souren Qrmoyan, Deputy Minister of Justice of RA, Norayr Balayan, MOJ Head of Department of legal provision, Arman Danielyan, President of CSI, representatives of CSI human rights department, and Hayk Khemchyan, Head of Program “Promotion of Probation Service in RA” of the Council of Europe.
On June 30-July 2, 2014 a delegation representing various governmental departments of the Republic of Armenia visited Georgia to study Georgia’s experience in introduction of probation system and practice of punishment unrelated to imprisonment.
On 26 June, Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Foundation Against Violation of Law (FAVL) NGOs organized a number of events to commemorate the United Nations’ International Day of Support to Victims of Torture.
The organizations disseminated a joint announcement stating that the ineffective investigation and impunity have remained as a serious problem in cases of torture.
Project: Promoting the use of alternative sanctions in the South Caucasus