OSCE HOLDS TRAINING COURSE ON COMBATING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN ARMENIA

Armenpress
May 04 2006

YEREVAN, MAY 4, ARMENPRESS: The OSCE Yerevan Office held a two-day
training course for Armenian prosecutors and investigators which was
aimed at preventing and prosecuting sexual crimes in Armenia.

OSCE Yerevan Office's press service informed Armenpress that the event
which ended today was organized by the Yerevan office, the Warsaw-based
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),
and the Training Center of the General Prosecutor's Office. ODIHR has
been helping Armenian prosecutors since November 2004, with funding
from the United States.

"Emphasis should be placed on appropriate treatment of victims of
all types of crimes, including sexual violence," said Cynthia Alkon,
head of ODIHR's Rule of Law program. Tatul Badasian, deputy director of
the Prosecutors' Training Center, praised the close co-operation with
the OSCE, adding that it was important to share the best practices
in the field, including investigative techniques and prosecution of
cases of sexual violence.

Around 25 participants and two experts from Austria and the United
States discussed various case studies, international legal provisions,
and the psychology of investigations, as well as issues connected
with domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.