Round Table to present and discuss the Report on mental healthcare issues in the penitentiary institutions of the Republic of Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia 22 December 2017
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To improve the detention conditions in Armenia, Council of Europe supports the Ministry of Justice to identify the shortcomings in the provision of mental health care services in prisons. To this end, Council of Europe experts developed a “Report on mental healthcare issues in the penitentiary institutions of Armenia”, which was discussed during a roundtable in Yerevan, on 22 December 2017.

The Report constitutes a reference document with a detailed overview of the existing situation and a list of recommendations for the improvement of mental healthcare in the penitentiary institutions in Armenia.  The report was presented to the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Department, Ombudsman Office, as well as members of the Public Monitoring Group, and civil society. The presentation was followed by a discussion of findings, existing legislative gaps and further recommendations, some of which will be reflected in the final Report submitted to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia.

The roundtable was organized within the Project on “Strengthening healthcare and human rights protection in prisons in Armenia”, funded under EU/CoE Partnership for Good Governance framework.