Armenia: PRI’s concerns reflected by UN Human Rights Committee
(1 August 2012) The United Nations Human Rights Committee held its 105th session in July and has made concluding observations that pre-trial detention is used too frequently, detainees are not informed of their rights or given quick enough access to doctors, lawyers or judges, and that prisons are overcrowded and understaffed.
Penal Reform International (PRI)'s submission to the Country Report Task Force for the Human Rights Committee's 103rd session in September 2011 highlighted the over-use of pre-trial detention and a lack of independence of the judiciary. PRI also suggested questions to be addressed to Armenia concerning the use of non-custodial alternatives.
Read the Human Rights Committee's concluding observations (English, French and Spanish) and state report here.
Read PRI's submission below.