Group of Public Monitors Implementing Supervision over the Criminal-Executive Institutions and Bodies of the Ministry of Justice of RA

Group of Public Monitors Implementing Supervision over the Criminal-Executive Institutions and Bodies of the Ministry of Justice of RA

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First Floor of RA MoJ “Nubarashen” Penitentiary is in Anti-sanitary-hygienic condition

First Floor of RA MoJ “Nubarashen” Penitentiary is in Anti-sanitary-hygienic condition

20 July 2017

On May 5, 2017 the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice paid a visit to RA MoJ “Nubarashen” Penitentiary. During...

Subsequent Session of the Observers’ Group: Chairman’s elections

Subsequent Session of the Observers’ Group: Chairman’s elections

13 July 2017

The subsequent session of the group of public observers conducting public monitoring in penitentiary institutions and bodies of the RA Ministry was held on July 4, 2017.   During the session, the...

The Group of Observers was Prohibited from Meeting “Sasna Tsrer” group members

The Group of Observers was Prohibited from Meeting “Sasna Tsrer” group members

03 July 2017

In pursuance to the data circulated in the press, on June 28, 2017 “Sasna Tsrer” group members were subjected to physical violence in the Court of General Jurisdiction of Avan and Nor Nork Administrat...

The problem of sewage and stench on the first floor of “Nubarashen” Penitentiary is solved. Response of the RA Ministry of Justice

The problem of sewage and stench on the first floor of “Nubarashen” Penitentiary is solved. Response of the RA Ministry of Justice

25 May 2017

On April 12, 2017 members of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice visited RA RA MoJ “Nubarashen” Penitentiar...

The Group of Observers came up with a demand to conduct effective investigation into the causal link of Hrachya Gevorgyan’s death

The Group of Observers came up with a demand to conduct effective investigation into the causal link of Hrachya Gevorgyan’s death

24 May 2017

On April 5, 2017 inmate Hrachya Gevorgyan, who had a number of diseases, died in the RA MoJ “Armavir” Penitentiary. The Group of Observers has repeatedly submitted reports and notes to the...

Cell # 89 at “Nubarashen” Penitentiary needs repairing

Cell # 89 at “Nubarashen” Penitentiary needs repairing

24 May 2017

On January 23, 2017 the members of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice applied to the RA Ministry of Justic...

In “Yerevan-Kentron” Penitentiary the observers were again prevented from meeting V. Shirkhanyan and observing the latter’s cell

In “Yerevan-Kentron” Penitentiary the observers were again prevented from meeting V. Shirkhanyan and observing the latter’s cell

10 March 2017

On March 6, 2017 the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice paid a visit to “Yerevan-Kentron” Penitent...

The observers were prevented from meeting A. Sargsyan due to investigator's ban

The observers were prevented from meeting A. Sargsyan due to investigator's ban

24 February 2017

Based on the received alert the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice paid a visit to “Prison Hospital” Penitenti...

The Group of Observers met with the detainees having inflicted self-injury in

The Group of Observers met with the detainees having inflicted self-injury in "Nubarashen" Penitentiary

15 February 2017

Based on the alert received the previous day the members of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the RA Ministry of Justice paid a visi...

Inhuman detention conditions in

Inhuman detention conditions in "Nubarashen" Penitentiary

12 January 2017

During the visit to the RA MoJ "Nubarashen" Penitentiary on December 13, 2016 the members of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Public Monitoring in Penitentiary Institutions and Bodies of the R...

Statement of the Group of Public Monitors Implementing Supervision over Criminal-Executive Institutions of RA Ministry of Justice on restrictions of the Group’s activities

Statement of the Group of Public Monitors Implementing Supervision over Criminal-Executive Institutions of RA Ministry of Justice on restrictions of the Group’s activities

23 November 2016

Keeping under control the situation at the RA MoJ penitentiary facilities ranges among the key functions of the civil society. The detainees at closed institutions are most vulnerable to violations of...

Group’s Activities

Monitoring the situation in the penitentiaries is one of the important functions of the civil society. It is conditioned by the fact that closed entities provide greater opportunities for the violation of the rights of individuals held there.

The Group, conducting public monitoring in the penitentiaries and penitentiary bodies under the RA Ministry of Justice, has been functioning since 2004, and the Decree KH-66-N from November 18, 2005 by the RA Minister of Justice approves the charter of the group.

According to the charter, the activity of the public monitoring group is aimed at monitoring the protection of rights of the inmates and persons under the oversight of penitentiary bodies, at improving the working and living conditions for inmates in penitentiaries, if necessary, propose amendments and changes in the Penitentiary Code.

The order by the minister includes requirements to the Group members and other issues related to the formation of the group; it also describes the ways of monitoring and other work-related issues.

Code of Ethics of the Monitoring Group is approved in the group, which defines many principles of routine activity by the monitoring group based on the already existing charter; it also defines the powers and responsibilities of a Group member. This Code of ethics is based on the aforementioned order by the Minister of Justice and in many ways it repeats and thoroughly describes the field of activity of the observer in the group. 

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