PRI Board Member and Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Imman Ali, visited Armenia in Spring 2013 to act as an expert trainer on a training course for judiciary, prosecutors, lawyers and police.
This training was part of a wider PRI programme to modernise the juvenile justice system in Armenia (2010-2013) funded by the European Union under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
In this short report, he provides a useful overview of the state of the juvenile justice system in Armenia, covering:
- laws of Armenia relating to children in the criminal justice system
- compliance with international instruments such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
- attitudes of criminal justice actors towards children in conflict with the law.
He makes a number of recommendations, including that Armenia should develop a separate trial system for children, as well as separate, informal and child-friendly courts; that there should be greater provision for diversion and alternatives to detention; and that all existing provisions relating to children should be codified into comprehensive new legislation which takes a holistic approach to all matters concerning justice for children.
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