Criminal law co-operation

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Through bilateral co-operation activities and projects, the Criminal Law Co-operation Unit plays a major role in assisting the beneficiary countries to integrate the Council of Europe standards in their penitentiary, probation and law enforcement institutions. The work related to prisons, probation and the police is an integral part of the overall work of the Council of Europe related to human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the three pillars of the raison d’ętre of the Organisation, in accordance with its Statute. The main objective is to help the 47 member states improve their legislation and practice related to the work of the police as well the execution of penal sanctions and measures. These efforts are part of the overall aim of the Organisation to create a common European space where societies function in conformity with the standards set by the Council of Europe and where individual human rights and fundamental freedoms, including of persons who have transgressed the law, are respected.

NEWS

Round table on "The role of the prison inspectorate and strengthening the coordination between internal and external prison inspection bodies"

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   On 12 September 2014 the representatives of the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions (DECS) and the representatives of the Academy for Judges and Prosecutors “Pavel Satev” of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" gathered at the round table to discuss “The role of the prison inspectorate and strengthening the coordination between the internal and external prison inspection bodies”. The round table focused on the role of the DECS as prison inspection body, namely the legislative framework, practice and challenges of the prison inspections within the national context. (Read more...)

Study visit to the Republic of Slovenia for a delegation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs

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   On 8-10 July 2014 seven representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” paid visit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and other relevant Institutions. The visiting delegation was composed of the Head of the Police Training Centre and other officials working in the area of police training, who are in charge of preparing curricula for initial and in-service training in the area of human rights and police work, use of force and means of coercion in the police procedures and prevention of ill-treatment of detained persons by the police. (Read more...)

Press Conference on Presentation of the Human Rights Concept for the Police

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   The Council of Europe Programme Office organized a press conference, which took place on 2 July 2014 at the EU Info Centre in Skopje. The press conference was organized in co-operation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the EU Delegation. The aim of the press conference was to present the Human Rights Concept for the Police, which was developed as part of the project "Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”, implemented by the Council of Europe. (Read more...)

Assessment visit to four prison establishments in Bulgaria under a Project financed under Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-20104

   Four prison establishments were visited during 20 – 22 June 2014 by two Council of Europe independent experts and assessed for their compatibility with European standards and in particular, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) standards, European Prison Rules and, the European Convention on Human Rights, the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and other applicable Council of Europe standards. (Read more...)

Working Group Meeting to present a New Draft Prison Healthcare Strategy

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   On 20 June, the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia (MoC) hosted a meeting to present the draft of its new Prison Healthcare Strategy to field experts and representatives of civil society and international organizations. (Read more...)

Presentation on the Assessment of the Implementation of Prison Healthcare Strategy and Implementation Plan

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   On 8 May 2014, the Council of Europe expert, Mr George Baliashvili, presented the mid-term assessment report on the 2013-2014 Prison Healthcare Reform Strategy and Implementation Plan at the “Radisson Blu Iveria” hotel. (Read more...)

Presentation of Qualitative and quantitative survey and Cost-efficiency study

  On 23 April, the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan organized a presentation of two studies conducted within the scope of the project “Reducing the use of custodial sentences in line with European standards” funded by the Government of Norway. The first study “Qualitative and quantitative survey: factors contributing to offending and reoffending in Armenia”, as well as the “Study on cost efficiency and social impact of custodial and non-custodial sentences and probation” were developed by two different NGOs. (Read more...)

The management by prison administrations of life-sentenced and other long-term prisoners

   Multilateral_meeting_April14_Picture      A multilateral meeting on the management by prison administrations of life-sentenced and other long-term prisoners was held in Strasbourg, on 10-11 April 2014. The meeting was organised in the framework of multilateral co operation activities of the Council of Europe in the penitentiary field for participants from member states currently in the process of developing policies for improving the conditions and treatment of life-sentenced and other long-term prisoners. The aim of the meeting was to bring together senior officials of prison administrations and other professionals from countries with different experiences to share good practices, to identify ways of introducing new approaches in their systems and to discuss best ways for applying the Council of Europe standards in practise, in the light of the Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. For more information about the meeting please refer to the Concept paper (Read more...).

Council of Europe to provide its assistance in the development of by-laws to the Code of Imprisonment

Workshop in Lopota 22-22 March 2014 - Georgia
   On 22-23 March 2014, the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, with the assistance of the Council of Europe organised a 2-day working session at Lopota Lake Resort to elaborate by-laws to the Code of Imprisonment required in view of the legislative amendments initiated by the Government in December 2013. Officials of the Ministry, an international consultant and members of the project team of the Council of Europe have participated in the working session which is part of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. (Read more...)

Fact finding mission in Romania under a Project financed under Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 (NFM)

      Between 30th June and 4th July 2014 a fact fining mission to several pre-trial police detention (remand) centre in Romania was organized within the framework of the Pre-defined Project, “Strengthening the capacity of the pre-trial detention system to comply with the relevant international human rights instruments” financed under the EEA and Norway Grants Mechanism and implemented by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, in partnership with the Council of Europe. (Read more...)

Assessments visits of short term police detention centres and places of temporary keeping in Latvia

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      Between 27th and 30th May and 25th and 27th June 2014 two assessment visits of the short term police detention centres and places of temporary keeping in Latvia were organized within the framework of the Pre-defined Project “Improving the Standard of Latvian State Police detention centres, including activities aimed at improving infrastructure, reducing/abolishing the current practice of administrative detention, changing the practice of returning remand prisoners for further investigation, ensuring adequate training for staff working at police detention facilities”, financed under the EEA (European Economic Area) and Norway Grants Mechanism (Norwegian Financial Mechanism) and implemented by the Latvian State Police, in partnership with the Council of Europe. (Read more...)

National Strategy on the Development of the penitentiary system in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (Second session)

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      As a follow-up to a first meeting held in Strasbourg in March 2014, a second working session was organized on 13-14 May 2014 in Skopje in the frame of a step-by-step approach in order to draft a National strategy for the development of the penitentiary system as part of the project “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”. (Read more...)

Closure of the “Reducing the use of custodial sentences in line with European standards” project / Launching of the “Support to the establishment of probation service in Armenia” project (Yerevan)

      On 28 April the Council of Europe organised the closing event of “Reducing the Use of Custodial Sentences in line with European Standards” project and launched the “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia” new two-year project. Like the previous project on “Reducing the Use of Custodial Sentences in Line with European Standards”, the new one on “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia” is also funded by the Government of Norway. The project on “Reducing the Use of Custodial Sentences in Line with European Standards” produced significant results by establishing the grounds for revision of existing legislation and promotion of the use of alternative sanctions.(Read more...)

Conference on Probation in Yerevan (Armenia)

      The Council of Europe Office in Yerevan organised on the 10th of April a conference on Probation addressed to representatives of different state institutions within the criminal justice sector, international organizations and representatives of civil society. this event took place within the scope of the project “Reducing the use of custodial sentences in line with European standards” funded by the Government of Norway. (Read more...)

Study visit of the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" to the Netherlands

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  A study visit to the Netherlands was organised for a delegation of 5 staff members from the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions of the Ministry of Justice as part of the project “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”. The aim of the visit was to gain knowledge and learn from the Dutch experience and practice in conducting prison inspections by both governmental and independent agencies, to strengthen the overall capacities of the national prison administration with respect to prison oversight, as well as to better understand the functioning of the Dutch penitentiary system. (Read more...)

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