Council of Europe experts carried out three expert assessment visits in the penitentiary field in January-March 2017. These visits were followed by assessment reports providing relevant Albanian authorities with concrete recommendations.
The aim of the assessment was to assist in the improvement of provision of health care and the application of medical ethics in prison, prisoners’ individual sentence planning and regime, the system of disciplinary procedures and complaints, governmental inspection and independent monitoring and the recruitment criteria and initial and ongoing training of prison staff. All direct beneficiaries and key stakeholders, in particular the Ministries of Justice and Health, the General Directorate of the Prison Administration, representatives of the Ombudsman’s Office and the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), civil society organizations and the Resident Advisor of the UK Twinning project “Support to penitentiary system & probation service in Albania” contributed to the Council of Europe expert assessment. Several penitentiary institutions were also visited. The reports are in the process of being reviewed by the beneficiaries.
The expert assessment visits were organised within the scope of the Action “Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Albania” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe as part of the ‘Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey’.