YEREVAN–The "Human Rights Watch" international organization harshly criticized the human rights situation in Armenia. In its report for 2001–the organization points out that the country’s authorities are not taking any practical steps to improve the dismal human rights situation in the country. The report also points out that prisoners in Armenia are still subjected to torture by law-enforcers. According to the authors of the report–the situation in the country’s army is not optimistic either: draftees are still humiliated by their superiors. The organization also pointed out the law-enforcement authorities’ complete disregard for the violations observed in Armenia.
Despite being admitted into the Council of Europe–Armenia has not yet abolished capital punishment. The report points out the fact of thriving corruption in state structures against the background of poverty of the greater part of the population. Nevertheless–the authors of the report believe that some progress in the human rights situation has been observed in Armenia in 2001 as compared to previous years.