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YEREVAN. – The Human Rights Defender (Ombudsperson) of Armenia, Kristinne Grigoryan, on Tuesday held meetings with the Executive Secretary of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), Regis Brillat, Armenian News-NEWS.am has learned from the Defender’s office. Grigoryan presented the activities and the results of the monitoring of the Human Rights Defender’s Office, acting as the National Preventive Mechanism for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. Also, the Defender presented the raised issues and the main violations that were registered, emphasizing the progress made as a result of cooperation with state bodies. In addition, the ombudswoman reflected on the systemic problems raised by the annual and ad hoc reports on the activities of the Human Rights Defender acting as the National Preventive Mechanism. Presenting the ad hoc report published on September 16 by the Human Rights Defender’s Office, the Defender pointed out and presented with clear evidence the gross violations of the right to life, and the violations of the absolute prohibition of torture, and inhuman or degrading treatment against Armenians by Azerbaijan, and the atrocities committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces against the bodies of killed Armenian soldiers, especially of servicewomen, both during the 44-day war in 2020, and the latest military aggression on Armenia

Brillat, for his part, presented the specifics of the CPT mandate, and highlighted the importance of the monitoring conducted by the Defender’s Office on the implementation of the recommendations of the CPT made to Armenia. Also, the CPT Executive Secretary informed the Defender about their planned monitoring visit to Armenia in 2023.

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