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Arman Tatoyan: It is very important for us to do everything possible  to prevent torture in places of detention in Armenia

Arman Tatoyan: It is very important for us to do everything possible  to prevent torture in places of detention in Armenia

ArmInfo. It is very important for us to do everything possible to prevent torture in places of detention in Armenia. Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan stated this on  January 17 during the discussions "New Legal Instruments of the  Defender of Human Rights as a National Prevention Mechanism and  Current Problems in Prisons".

He noted that the Ombudsman of Armenia actively cooperates with the  European Union and the United Nations in this area. "We must fight  this phenomenon. In the framework of this struggle, the ombudsman's  office cooperates with the Armenian police, the Ministry of Justice,  and international organizations," Tatoyan stated.

During the discussions, the criteria of the Ombudsman for the  Prevention of Torture Prevention were also presented. The Ombudsman  stated that this is very important, especially for those who are  involved in the process of combating and preventing the prevention of  torture.

In turn,  head of the EU delegation to Armenia Andrea Viktorin noted  that the Republic has recorded tremendous progress in preventing  torture. "However, this does not mean that we will be easily  satisfied.  There are still a lot of things to do in this direction.  But the most important thing in this matter is that political will is  needed to solve this problem," Viktorin emphasized.

UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia Shombi Sharp stated that torture  must be combated all available means. "Respect for human rights is  very important. And the decrease in the number of tortures in places  of deprivation of liberty in Armenia is certainly of great  importance. There is a point of view that until you visit the  country's prison, you will not know anything about it. I believe that  visiting places of detention , as well as cooperation with authorized  structures provide an opportunity to protect human rights in custody.   For all human rights to be respected, cooperation with all actors in  this field is necessary, "Sharp concluded.

During the event, a new electronic platform in Armenian and English  was also presented, which provides the opportunity to automatically  receive answers to 300 questions regarding the problems of persons  deprived of their liberty.

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