Armenia Workshop for Judges and Prosecutors

Monday, December 13, 2010

On 16 December the APT and its partner, the Civil Society Institute, organized a workshop for judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers on the prevention and investigation of torture using the Armenian translation of the University of Essex’s publication, 'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors'. This new version of the publication was officially launched on the day and has subsequently been actively distributed among a range of relevant actors throughout the country.

Date: 16 December 2010
Place: Yerevan, Armenia
Purpose: To expose various relevant actors on their duties and responsibilities to prevent and investigate acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
Activities: On 16 December the APT and its partner, the Civil Society Institute, organized a one-day workshop for judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers on the prevention and investigation of torture using the Armenian translation of the University of Essex’s publication, 'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors', written by Conor Foley in 2003. This new version of the publication was officially launched on the day and has subsequently been actively distributed among a range of relevant actors throughout the country.
Outcome: As a result of the training some 25 Armenian actors were exposed to a number of crucial topics in relation to combating torture, including: the absolute prohibition of torture; safeguards against torture for those deprived of their liberty; the role of judges, prosecutors as well as defence lawyers in protecting detainees from torture; and conducting investigations and inquiries into acts of abuse. The international human rights consultant and former police officer, Mike Kellett, took the lead on a number of these issues during the training event, sharing his considerable expertise with the participants.

In addition to enhancing the knowledge of the participants in the area of torture prevention, the event was designed to encourage greater use of the University of Essex’s invaluable manual in Armenia and an increased awareness of the important lessons contained therein.

This event was the final activity in a five-year multi-country torture project kindly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
Documents: Agenda
'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors' by Conor Foley - Armenian
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer