Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Persons in Detention
28 nov. 2023
Penitentiary institutions of Armenia prepared for piloting resocialisation risk and needs assessment tool: training sessions for staffTSAGHKADZOR, ARMENIA 22-25/11/2023
From 22 to 25 November 2023, 36 prison personnel of Armenian Penitentiary institutions gathered...
21 nov. 2023France 15-17/11/2023
A delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and comprising officials from Armenia's...
14 nov. 2023
Charting a path to human-centred and technology-driven prison healthcare system in Armenia: workshop on telemedicine and electronic medical filesYerevan, Armenia 14/11/2023
On 10 November 2023 a workshop on the use of telemedicine and electronic medical files in the...
7 nov. 2023
Working group meeting on piloting new risk and needs assessment tool: Enhancing rehabilitation for convictsYerevan, Armenia 07/11/2023
The Council of Europe, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Penitentiary Service...
10 oct. 2023
Mental health is a universal human right: Armenian penitentiary system commemorates World Mental Health DayYerevan, Armenia 10.10.2023
On 9 October 2023, the Abovyan penitentiary institution in Armenia hosted an awareness-raising...
4 sept. 2023Yerevan, Armenia 04.09.2023
In an effort to support Armenia in strengthening mental health care in penitentiary institutions,...
26 mai 2023Yerevan, Armenia 25/05/2023
On 15-17 April 2023, a mission was conducted in Armenia to assess the needs of the Penitentiary...
27 mars 2023
Starting two new continuation Projects ‘’Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Persons in Detention” and “Strengthening the Probation Service in Armenia”Yerevan, Armenia 24/03/2023
The first joint Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the Projects “Strengthening the Protection of...
Start date: 1 January 2023
Duration: 24 months
Budget: EUR 550,000
Donor: The Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2023-2026
Partners: Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, Penitentiary Service, Prison Medicine Centre, Ministry of Health
Contact person: Ms Diana Ghazaryan, Senior Project Officer
Building upon the results achieved from the implementation of the Council of Europe Project “Enhancing healthcare and human rights protection in prisons in Armenia” (hereinafter, 2019-2022 project), the Action “Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Persons in Detention” assists the Armenian authorities to further enhance penitentiary reform and prison health care, and the protection of the human rights of persons deprived of liberty. Council of Europe is providing support at policy and operational level assisting authorities to accomplish penitentiary reform goals and trigger changes in practices throughout the prison system especially after the adoption of the Criminal Code, Criminal Procedural Code as well as Penitentiary Code in June 2022.
The Action focuses on following priority areas:
- Further enhancing the institutional capacity of the ‘’Prison Medicine Centre’’ State Non-Commercial Organisation in order to provide quality health care in the penitentiary system
- Further consolidating the knowledge and skills of medical and non-medical staff on different topics on provision of health care
- Developing and piloting preventive health care programmes in penitentiary facilities
- Strengthening the capacities of prison staff to apply tools and rehabilitation programmes for persons deprived of liberty
- Harmonizing the regulatory framework on human rights with the new Penitentiary Code
The Action is implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, ‘’Prison Medicine Centre’’ State Non-Commercial Organisation of Armenia and includes a wide spectrum of other domestic stakeholders and civil society organizations.
The key Conventions for this Action are the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), as well as the findings and the recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).