Response of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia with respect to the Report prepared by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) following its visit to the Republic of Armeni

response of the Armenian GovernmentThe European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment visited the penitentiary establishments of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia on 15-17 March 2010; the delegation visited “Yerevan-Kentron” and “Nubarashen” penitentiary establishments of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia expresses its gratitude to the Committee for the co-operation and assures that the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia pays particular attention to all the recommendations and comments submitted by the Committee.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia considers the reforms of the penitentiary service as a priority and undertakes, to the extent currently possible, all the measures aimed at improving the situation at the penitentiary establishments. Besides, all the responsible staff of the penitentiary establishments of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia has received a clear message concerning inadmissibility of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the positive changes in the attitude of the administration of the penitentiary establishments are in this regard obvious. With regard to the current material conditions of the penitentiary establishments, the improvement thereof is related to the social and economic situation of the State.

It is clear that the social and economic situation of the State may not justify improper fulfilment of the international legal commitments of the State, and in this regard we would like to reiterate that the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia will continue its consistent efforts aimed at improving the material conditions of the penitentiary establishments of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. In 2011, capital repair works of the newly built “Armavir” penitentiary establishment were resumed; a new contract has been signed for 2012-2013 pursuant whereto the new buildings designed for 400 persons and having all the utilities, as well as the buildings of the “Armavir” penitentiary establishment ensuring the proper functioning of the establishment, will be exploited by December of 2013.

Below you can download Response of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia with respect to the Report prepared by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) following its visit to the Republic of Armenia from 5 to 7 December 2011

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