The Justice Council of the Open Society Foundations – Armenia presented its opinion related to transferring of the Special Investigation Service function of investigating the torture cases to the Investigative Committee, pointing out the possible risks and concerns of making the relevant changes prescribed by the draft anti-corruption program of the Government.
According to the opinion of the Group, transfering the function of torture examination to the Investigative Committee will create a conflict of interest and will damage the institutional independence of the torture examination and the effeciency. Therefore, the investigation of the torture and other inhumane or ill treatment cases shall be investigated by the Special Investigation Service.
Moreover, in order to raise the effeciency of the fight against torture it is proposed by the civil society organizations to extend the role of the CSOs and strenghthen the independence guarantee. Particularly,