National frameworks to address hate crime in Armenia

This page provides information on the national frameworks to address hate crime in Armenia. The information provided here should be viewed alongside data presented on Armenia's hate crime report page.

Hate crime recording and data collection

There is no special procedure for recording hate crimes in Armenia. According to Government Decree 1495-N of 23 November 2017, hate crimes, like other crimes, are recorded in the police registers kept in police duty rooms.

Similarly, no separate mechanisms for reporting or compiling statistics on hate crimes exist. General crime statistics are compiled according to the amended Government Decree No. 1225-N of 23 October 2008, "On Confirming Unified Forms of Statistical Reporting of Elements Describing Pre-trial Proceedings and, On Their Filing, and Submission", and Joint Order No. 11/251 of the Prosecutor General and the Minister of Interior, "On the Order of Unified Record of Crimes", adopted on 27 May 2002.

Police and other investigative agencies produce statistical data based on the legal qualification of an offence provided in the criminal code. Upon confirmation by the prosecutor, the data are forwarded to the Police Information Centre for registration. Data on each registered crime are available on the Centre's official website, but can only be accessed by filing a request.

Hate crime victim support

There is no system dedicated to hate crime victim support in Armenia. Hate crime victims are not distinguished from victims of other crimes in law or policy.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) are the most frequent providers of support to hate crime victims in Armenia. CSOs typically offer legal assistance, the services of social workers, medical assistance and psychological support. However, the work of support providers is often hampered by insufficient resources and limited territorial reach. CSOs' assistance includes services facilitated through 24-hour hotlines and emergency shelters.

Armenia's Criminal Procedure Code defines the protections available to persons who participate in criminal proceedings or report a crime. Specific protection measures exist and can apply to victims of domestic violence. There are no measures in place to ensure sensitive and respectful treatment of hate crime victims by the police.

Any victim has the right to receive compensation for the damage caused by unlawful actions.