Excessive use of pre-trial detention is a global problem. According to the Open Society Justice Initiative, on any given day an estimated 3 million people around the world are under pre-trial detention. In the course of a single year around 10 million will be detained awaiting trial.
This research presents views of different parties who are involved in remand decision making, offers analysis of factors contributing to overuse of pre-trial detention and develops an action plan to address these factors. The study suggests an Action Plan for tackling excessive and unnecessary use of pre-trial detention in Armenia; the Plan can serve as an advocacy tool to engage key stakeholders in implementing change in Armenia and as a practical guide for research in countries with a similar legal and socio-political situation.
The first chapter of this research presents the scope, methodology and limitations of the research. It explains the ways data were collected and analysed. The second chapter presents an analysis of factors revealed as contributing to excessive and unnecessary use of pre-trial detention in Armenia and attempts to explain why and how these factors affect pre-trial detention. This chapter is organised according to revealed factors which were grouped in related clusters.
Penal Reform International fed into the United Nations Human Rights Committee 103rd session in September 2011 and was pleased to see its concerns reflected in the concluding observations from the 105th session in July 2012. Read more here.
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