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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Armenia

Strasbourg, 13.12.2011 Ė A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Armenia from 5 to 7 December 2011.

The purpose of the visit was to review progress made in the light of the recommendations contained in the report on the CPTís visit to Armenia in 2010, in particular as regards the treatment of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment. The CPTís delegation visited Yerevan-Kentron Prison and carried out a targeted visit to the unit for lifers and the disciplinary unit of Nubarashen Prison.

The delegation held consultations with Emil BABAYAN, Deputy Minister of Justice, Nicolay ARUSTAMYAN, Advisor to the Minister of Justice, and Rafael HOVANNISYAN, Acting Head of the Criminal Executive Department, as well as with other senior officials from the Ministry of Justice.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Armenian authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

- Ivan JANKOVIĆ (Serbian), Head of delegation - Marzena KSEL (Polish).

They were supported by Borys W“DZ, Head of Division at the CPTís Secretariat, and assisted by Timothy HARDING, psychiatrist and former Director of the University Institute of Forensic Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.

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