Deputy Head of the Special Investigation Service, first class counselor of justice Armen Nadiryan received the delegation of the Council of Europe headed by Professor Gerard de Jonge, Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and Project Coordinator from the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe Leonid Antohi. The visit of the delegation was organized in the framework of the regional Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Reinforcing the fight against ill-treatment and impunity”.
Armen Nadiryan highly appreciated the cooperation between the Special Investigation Service and the Council of Europe. He discussed with the delegates issues on the legal and institutional arrangements for handling complaints and investigation of crimes concerning ill-treatment and other serious human rights violations in penitentiary institutions, the role of judges, prosecutors and penitentiary services, the specific criteria of effectiveness of investigations and adequacy of competence and punishment.
It is to be noted that during a recent conference on “Investigation of Serious Human Rights Violations by Law-Enforcement Officials” jointly organized by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and attended by five countries − Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and the Ukraine, the CoE and EU experts positively evaluated the fact that, unlike the other countries of the region, namely Georgia and Azerbaijan, in the Republic of Armenia the investigation of cases concerning ill-treatment by officials of governmental bodies is conducted by the Special Investigation Service, which functions independently under no departmental control.