15.03.2019 | The conditions of detention in Vanadzor correctional institution of the RA Ministry of Justice have been checked. Reported violations will be eliminated within a short period of time.

Together with the Department of Supervision over Legality of Penalties and Other Means of Compulsion of the RA General Prosecutor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office of Lori region , the implementation of the basic rights of detainees and convicts in Vanadzor penitentiary institution, as well as the state of order and conditions of serving the sentence have been studied.

Some violations have been  recorded in the course of inspections. In particular, it has been  found that the sleeping places of persons held in almost all cells  have been fenced with curtains without proper permission. Glass and metal dishes, prohibited by the internal rules of the penitentiary system have been found in some cells.

In separate cells allocated for arrested and detained persons, violations related to maintaining the minimum size have been also recorded, in some prison cells there has been  a need to carry out repairs and sanitization in the bathroom.

The head of the correctional institution has assured that the recorded deficiencies will be eliminated as soon as possible, and the results will be reported to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia.

Within the framework of the checking, the head of the Department of Supervision over Legality of Penalties and Other Means of Compulsion of the RA General Prosecutor’s Office and the Prosecutor of Lori region have  personally visited all the cells of the penitentiary institution, there was a private conversation with all the persons who have been there. At the request of several detainees, prosecutors held private receptions. A number of detainees and convicts put forward some questions related to their criminal cases, to which full and comprehensive explanations have been  given.