On September 11 and 12, the Human Rights Defender's
office held a meeting-discussion along with the Yerevan office of the Raoul
Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aimed at developing
the capacities of the employees of the national prevention mechanism.
During the two-day workshop, a diverse range of inquiries
were deliberated upon, encompassing topics such as optimizing the efficacy of
monitoring visits to penitentiary institutions. Specifically, the discourse
revolved around elucidating the guidelines, checklists, tools, and monitoring
methodologies employed to accentuate and address extant issues within these
Reference was also made to issues related to ensuring the
rights of persons detained in prisons, particularly vulnerable groups: women,
minors, and persons with disabilities.
During the working discussion, frequently encountered
problems in monitoring visits were highlighted, and a toolkit for their
resolution was developed, incorporating international best practices.
The efforts directed towards enhancing the capabilities
of the Human Rights Defender will be continuous.