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’être 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.
Multilateral Meeting on Mental Health Care in Prison
Strasbourg, 27-28 April 2016
Round table on identification of the most appropriate model for an External Oversight Mechanism over police work
Public Hearing on Probation legislation in Armenia
Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries
A compilation of the reports developed within the PCF Regional project on prison overcrowding in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been published. This compilation is available in English (Report)
Seminar on Police Interaction with Citizens in Armenia
Improving rehabilitative approaches in Prison regimes in Ukraine
Working group meeting on “Necessary legislative reforms in the sphere of healthcare in prisons in the Republic of Armenia”
Regional Conference “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries”
Outcomes of the European Union and Council of Europe Joint Project “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons” in “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
Publications and training manuals for police and prison staff
Training for Trainers on “Combating Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries”
Closing of the “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” programme in Georgia
Second round of training of trainers on probation in Aghveran, Armenia
Assessment of the Suicide Prevention Programme in the prisons of Georgia
On 20-22 January, international experts of the Council of Europe have visited Georgia to assess the effectiveness of the suicide prevention programme in penitentiary institutions. This was the second interim assessment conducted in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. (Link to the website)
Training of Trainers on Probation in Armenia
Training prosecutors in the standards of effective investigation in Georgia
The Council of Europe continues supporting the authorities in bringing their practices closer to the European standards and with this aim, is training prosecutors in the standards for effective investigation of human rights violations. The training will take place on 15-16 December, in the framework of the European Union/the Council of Europe joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. (Read more)
Training prison managers in suicide prevention activities in Georgia
Prison directors, deputy directors and chief doctors enhanced their knowledge on stress and other factors affecting the emotional state of prisoners and increasing the risks of suicide and self-harm, during the training conducted on 10-13 December, in the framework of the Council of Europe/European Union joint project ”Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. (Read more)
Follow-up Seminar to Study Visit to the UK on Prison Inspection and Prisoners’ Complaints held in Kiev
A follow-up seminar was organised in Kiev on 4 December 2015 to sum up the results of the Study Visit to the United Kingdom on 23 - 27 November 2015. The seminar turned into a discussion ground for sharing the participants’ feedback and study visit learning.
Assessing Reform of Healthcare Services in Prisons in Georgia
On 3 December 2015, the Council of Europe is starting an assessment of the implementation of the Georgian Prison Healthcare Development Strategy and Action Plan for 2014-2017. The activity is organised in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”.
Elaborating a professional development course for prison medical staff in Georgia
The Council of Europe is assisting the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia to develop a long term training programme for prison medical staff. In this process, the first working group meeting will take place on 2-3 December 2015 in Lopota Lake Resort, organised in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme on “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”.
Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in the Republic of Moldova
A Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Moldova” took place on 22 April 2016, at the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in Chisinau (Republic
of Moldova). The event brought together representatives of the Ministry of Justice, penitentiary service, People Ombudsman and other officials, as well as civil society and international organizations acting in
Moldova for presenting and discussing results of the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in
Moldova and other three countries of Eastern Partnership (Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia).
Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Ukraine
Cascade training sessions on probation in Armenia
The Council of Europe office in Yerevan conducted during the second half of March 2016 six cascade training sessions on probation for the staff of pilot project units located in the town of Vanadzor and Shengavit district of Yerevan.
Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Armenia
Study visit to Slovenia regarding the establishment of an External Oversight Mechanism over police work
A study visit to Slovenia for eight high-level representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ombudsman, Public prosecution’s Office and the civil society from ‘’the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’’, was organised from 5th to 7th of April 2016. (Read more)
Enhanced rehabilitation activities in prisons in Ukraine: launching film clubs in pilot prisons
On 22-23 March 2016, a two-day training “Media clubs DOCUDAYS UA as a tool for human rights education” for future managers of film clubs in pilot prisons was held in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine in the framework of the Project "Further Support for penitentiary Reform in Ukraine". (Read more)
Outcomes of the European Union and Council of Europe joint Project on Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia
Development of the brochure on prisoners' rights in Ukraine
The Council of Europe national and international experts work together on the development of the brochure on prisoners’ rights, including useful practical information on admission, transfer, prison regimes, work in prison, healthcare, legal aid, contacts with the family, women and juveniles in prisons, national and international HR protection mechanisms etc.
3rd high level expert meeting on the draft Training strategy for prison staff in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 3rd high level expert meeting on the draft Strategy to develop more permanent training structure(s) for prison staff in BiH was held with the senior Ministry of Justice officials tasked with execution of criminal sanctions and members of the CoE-supported prison staff training team on 18 February 2016 in Mostar, BiH. Although this activity is nominally a part of the EU/CoE Joint Programme (JP) ˝Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices in BiH with European standards˝, it builds also on the training activities undertaken within the scope of the US/CoE Voluntary Contribution project ˝Support to prison staff training in BiH˝, which runs in parallel in BiH.
Overview of the "Human Rights in Prisons and other Closed Institutions" programme in Georgia
Launching conference - Support to the establishment of an External Oversight Mechanism over the police work
The Project ‘’Support to the establishment of an External Oversight Mechanism’’ in "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", funded by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and implemented by the Council of Europe, was launched in Skopje on 28 January 2016. The aim of the project is to provide assistance to the national authorities in the process of identifying and introducing an independent and effective External Oversight Mechanism (EOM) over the work of the police. (Read more)
PCF promotional project films on Youtube
Don't hesitate to check the PCF Youtube channel below to watch the films made about the Programmatic-cooperation framework for promoting penitentiary reform: (Link to the website)
"Further support for penitentiary reform in Ukraine" - Second Project Coordination Committee meeting in Kyiv
The second Project Coordination Committee meeting was held in Kyiv on 27 January 2016 to report on the work done over the first 6 months and to share the plans for the next half a year. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the State Penitentiary Service, General Prosecutor’s Office, the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Penitentiary Matters, the National Bar Association, and human rights protection organisations provided their feedback on the work done and gave useful comments on the planned activities. (Read more)
Workshop on best practices of prison management
On 25-26 January 2016 the Council of Europe has organised a workshop on best practices of prison management. This workshop was another activity under the European Union and the Council of Europe joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” in support of improving human rights situation in the Georgian penitentiary system. (Link to the website)
REPORT "Combating Ill-treatment in Prison"
The report follows upon a multilateral meeting held in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 23-24 April 2015 which brought together management staff from prison services from across Europe to address issues of common concern. This text is designed for practitioners as a reference document when dealing with prison management issues.
On-site assessment mission in ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’
On-site assessment mission was carried out by two Council of Europe experts on 16, 17 and 18 December 2015 with aim to conduct situation analysis of the existing oversight mechanisms for control over the police work in the country.