Criminal law co-operation

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Activities in February 2016

February global work plan

Projects underway

Publications

Report "Combating Ill-treatment in Prison"

   in English

Prison health care and medical ethics

   in English
   in Russian
   in Georgian

Standards and Ethics in Electronic Monitoring

   in English

Compendium of the Council of Europe Documents on Preventing Prison Overcrowding

   in Russian
   in Georgian
   in Ukrainian
   in Romanian
   in Azeri
   in Armenian

European Prison Rules

   in English
   in French

Projects completed

Activities in the field of police

- Workshop on appropriate treatment of detainees in police stations (Danilovgrad-Montenegro, 4-5 March 2015) - Agenda -

- Workshop on methodology on the treatment and complaints management against Police (Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 8-9 April 2015) - Agenda

- Seminar on police approach to discrimination (Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 14-16 April 2015) - Agenda -

- Workshop on appropriate treatment of detainees in police stations (Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5-6 May 2015) - Agenda -

- Seminar on the policing of public assemblies (Ankara, Turkey, 22-23 July 2015) - Agenda -

Legal instruments

Recommendations

Conventions

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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’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.

NEWS

Closing of the “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” programme in Georgia

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On 3 February, the Council of Europe is inviting the representatives of the authorities, embassies, international and non- governmental organizations to the closing of the European Union and the Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. For more than 2 years, this programme has tackled main challenges for prisons, police detention and psychiatric facilities in Georgia - access to adequate health care, protecting human rights of persons in need of psychiatric care and preventing and combating ill-treatment and impunity. (Read more)

"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)

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.

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

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The Council of Europe office in Yerevan conducted the first round of training of trainers on probation on 14-18 December 2015 in Aghveran. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the participants with the manual developed within the project and enhance their skills to deliver training on probation. 26 participants from the project’s pilot probation units, as well as representatives of the judiciary, the Yerevan State University, the Justice Academy, the School of Advocates, the Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice, and NGOs took part in the sessions, covering a wide range of professionals, e.g. lawyers, social workers and psychologists.
The training was conducted by two international experts with deep knowledge and experience in the area and helped the participants deepen their knowledge and share experiences on, among others, the role of the Probation Service and the Probation Officer, the purpose of the probation sanctions, offender interviewing, and, the offenders attitudes/lifestyles and how to motivate them. The second round of the ToT sessions is planned for February 2016.
The event was held within the “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia” project supported by the Government of Norway.

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)

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.
During the seminar the Council of Europe experts presented the draft national prison inspection standards developed jointly with the State Penitentiary Service Working Group. (Read more)

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”.
The programme has been supporting the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia in its efforts to reform the provision of healthcare services for inmates and bring them closer to European standards. Numerous trainings, workshops and study visits have been organised which contributed to the advancement in this field. (Link to the project website)

First round table to promote treatment programmes for vulnerable categories of prisoners

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On 22-23 October 2015 the first round table to promote implementation of Guidelines for developing treatment programmes and individual sentence plans for vulnerable categories of prisoners in BiH was held in Mostar. The Working Group comprising of local policy-makers and prison experts drafted guidelines fostering humane treatment of vulnerable prisoners while, at the same time, ensuring protection of their human rights and programme of activities tailored to their needs and risks they present to themselves and the community as a whole.
The round table closed with the adoption of two main conclusions: prison managers and Assistant Ministers of Justice responsible for execution of criminal sanctions endorse the Guidelines and commit to making them available to prison staff they refer to, by making them mandatory in daily operations of prisons and ensuring that these Guidelines are a part of the annual training programmes in prisons. The Round table was organized in the framework of Joint Programme of the European Union and Council of Europe ‘’Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices with European standards’’. (Read more)

Working Meeting on Prison Overcrowding in Kiev

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Combating prison overcrowding and use of alternative sanctions and measures has been a challenging issue for the Eastern Partnership countries during last decade. In order to move effectively from punitive to rehabilitative execution of criminal sanctions, overcrowding of prisons must be addressed.
A 2-day working meeting, dedicated to discuss the draft model questionnaire for conducting a study on prison overcrowding in the Eastern Partnership countries, with participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine and a representative of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, as well as the staff of the CoE office in Kiev and the CoE international consultants took place in Kiev on 7-8 October 2015. (Read more)

Presenting Training manual on advanced competencies of prison staff

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A training programme developed on the basis of the Training manual on advanced competencies of prison staff was presented to a group of assistant prison governors on 5-6 October in Banja Luka as part of the 3rd cycle of training.
A total of 13 senior prison professionals from prisons in Orasje, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Busovaca, Istocno Sarajevo, Doboj and Bihac were introduced to the procedures on prisoners’ escort, efficient communication in prison environment, protection of personal data, crime scene investigation in prison environment, dynamic security, supervision of staff, working under pressure in prison environment, working with informers, working with vulnerable prisoners and prevention of transmissible diseases in prison environment. (Read more)

Multilateral meeting "The social reintegration of offenders to reduce reoffending – Co-operation between prison and probation services"

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   Sarajevo, 29-30 September 2015 - The meeting was organised within the multilateral co-operation activities of the Council of Europe in the penitentiary field. The meeting brought together representatives of prison and probation services from ten countries, involved in the Council of Europe bilateral, multilateral and project activities and in the process of developing or adjusting their policies for enhancing the social reintegration of offenders. The participants have shared good practices and discussed ways of introducing new developments in their countries’ systems in the light of the relevant Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
The meeting conveyed the message that whether or not probation agencies and the prison service form part of a single organisation, they should work in close co-operation in order to contribute to a successful transition from life in prison to life in the community. For more information about the meeting please refer to the Concept Paper.

Workshop on prison management in Ukraine

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   The workshop “Vision for Change” on general prison management issues and importance of rehabilitative approach was held in Kyiv on 25 September 2015 in the framework of the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Further Support for Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine”. (Read more)

Specialised Training for members of the police internal control sector

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   A 3-day specialised training on human rights and police proceedings, discrimination, and hate speech for the staff of the Sector of Internal Control and Professional Standards (SICPS) within the Ministry of Internal Affairs was held from 21 to 23 September 2015 in Ohrid. The training was delivered by three international and one national expert for a total of 28 inspectors dealing with citizens’ complaints regarding human rights violations committed by police officers. (Read more)

Works on probation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

   Meeting of the prison/probation teams with international consultants and the EU/CoE JP ‘’Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices with European standards’’ project team to evaluate outcomes of the pilot project on delivery of probation tasks in prison environment was held on 15-16 September in Mostar. The total of eight treatment officers and security supervisors from prisons in Banja Luka and Zenica discussed the three main activities implemented within the framework of the pilot (motivational interviews, group discussions and pre-release course) and how to take the pilot project further with the aim of spreading this good practices to other prisons in BiH at some later point. In addition, the prison probation teams discussed what, from their practical experience, would need to be featured in the draft law(s) on probation in BiH jurisdictions.
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Activities on introducing probation service(s) in BiH continued over the next two days (17-18 September also in Mostar) with participation of the Working Group working under the auspices of the EU/CoE JP tasked with developing draft law(s) on probation under the guidance of the JP’s international consultant. The initial draft is structured to closely follow Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Probation Rules, with some of the key issues featured in the draft being the structure of the service(s), provisions on future personnel, status of the future service(s). More drafting session will follow before the end of the 2015 when the above issues will be discussed in more detail.

Prison staff learn basic project management to start their mini-projects in pilot prisons of Ukraine

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   A workshop on basic project management for senior prison staff was held in Kyiv on 15 September in the framework of the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on “Further Support for Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine”. The activity was organised under Compoment 1 of the Project: Improved rehabilitative approach in the prison regimes in line with the European standards and best practices. Teams in 6 pilot prisons are presently planning their actions based on Council of Europe experts’ recommendations.
The workshop aimed to help senior prison staff in the preparation of pilots and improve their planning and management skills.

Closing of the six month training programme for prison regime officers in Georgia

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   On 15 September 2015, Mr Kakha Kakhishvili, Minister of Corrections, Mr Cristian Urse, Head of the Council of Europe (CoE) Office in Georgia and Ms Maia Khasia, Director of the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC) have awarded certificates to 25 newly recruited prison regime officers- graduates of the long term training programme.
The training programme is the first of this kind of initiative in the Georgian penitentiary system and has the aim to improve the professionalism of the prison staff. It was developed with the help of a co-author of the “European Prison Rules” and ran for the second time in the framework of the EU/CoE joint project “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”.
25 newly recruited prison regime staff attended theoretical and practical phases of the 6-month training at PPTC and in different prisons. The programme is also unique in a way that it involves mentors- experienced prison regime staff, who shared their knowledge and skills with their new colleagues. It is expected that the programme will form a crucial part of the basic training of prison staff in the future and will be embedded in the official curricula.
(Link to the project website)

Overview of the "Human Rights in Prisons and other Closed Institutions" programme in Georgia



An overview of the Joint Programme of the European Union and Council of Europe on Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia (video in Georgian with English subtitles)

Launching conference - Support to the establishment of an External Oversight Mechanism over the police work

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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)

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)

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)

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.
As part of the assessment meetings were organised with the Ministry of Internal affairs, Ministry of Justice, members of the Parliamentary Standing Inquiry Committee for protection of civil freedoms and rights, Association of judges, Association of public prosecutors, OSCE Mission in Skopje, with a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights, academics, some private practicing lawyers and relevant NGOs. (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)

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”.
   Link to the project website

Study Visit to London of Ukrainian Senior Officials and Heads of Pilot Prisons

   A study visit of Ukrainian Senior Officials and Heads of Pilot Prisons was organised in London from 23 through 27 November to familiarise with work of Prison Inspectorate of England and Wales. This visit was organised in the framework of the PCF Project “Further Support for Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine” under Component Two of the Project focussed on strengthening procedures and practices of the internal inspection in Ukraine. (Read more)

Closing conference
Skopje 5 November 2015

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   On 5 November, the closing conference for the Project “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, was organised in Skopje. This EU-funded project focused on two major components, notably on the penitentiary system and the police service. (Read more)

Public debate on the introduction of probation services in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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   The Joint Programme of the European Union and Council of Europe ‘’Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices with European standards’’ organised the first public debate on the introduction of probation in BiH which was held in Mostar on 16 October 2015.
The aim of the probation, conditioned and supervised liberty of the offender, is to protect the society from the offender and to reduce the risk of recidivism through his/her re-socialisation and reintegration in the community. The debate was attended by the key stakeholders tasked with imposing probation orders and supervision of their implementation in practice. (Read more)

Strengthening the coordination between internal and external prison inspection bodies

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   Three 1-day round tables on strengthening the coordination between the internal and external prison inspection bodies were held from 7 to 9 October in Bitola, Shtip and Skopje ("The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia").
The aim of the round tables was to present the wider professional audience with the new prison inspection manual developed under the auspices of the project, to improve the coordination between the relevant inspection bodies and to strengthen the role of the judges for execution of sanctions. (Read more)

Practical recommendations to strengthen rehabilitative approach in Ukraine

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   After the first visits to six pilot penitentiary establishments in Ukraine, experts of the Council of Europe have provided practical recommendations for the Ukrainian prison administration on possible ways to improve rehabilitative services for inmates. (Read more)

Visit of the penitentiary institution N°16 in Georgia

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   On 30 September, Mr Kakha Kakhishvili, Minister of Corrections and Mr Cristian Urse, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia visited the newly opened penitentiary institution No 16 and distributed publications on Standard Medical Services in Prisons and its roadmap there.
Standard Medical Services in Prisons is a unified description of prison healthcare services to be provided for prisoners, approved by the Order of the Minister of Corrections on 24 April 2015. (Link to the project website)

Presentation of the National Strategy for development of the penitentiary system in "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

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   How to reduce prison overcrowding and treat prisoners with dignity– these are amongst the main issues addressed by the National Strategy for Development of the Penitentiary System, presented to the press on 29 September 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje. (Read more)

High level expert meeting on prison staff training in Bosnia and Herzegovina

   The First high level expert meeting on prison staff training in BiH with participation from the local policy makers and prison professionals and an international consultant to develop a policy document enabling creation of a more permanent prison staff training structure under the auspices of the EU/CoE JP ‘’Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices with European standards’’ was held on 23-25 September in Banja Luka.
The meeting aimed to discuss which type of document endorsed by all three Ministries of Justice would be the most operational in providing the common ground for the eventual taking over of institutional knowledge in the area of prison staff training in BiH, once international support for this cause tones down. In addition, the Working Group developed the basic structure of the document which will encompass, among other, the following chapters: the purpose of continuing prison staff training, aims, principles behind efficient and skill-based training programmes for prison staff, modalities of organisation of training structure(s), implementation sequence and evaluation of outcomes. Further two similar meetings will be held before the completion of the JP in June 2016.

New framework of internal prison inspection presented in Ukraine

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   The new framework of internal prison inspection was presented to the senior officials of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine (SPSU) and pilot prisons heads and their deputies in Kyiv on 23 September 2015 in the framework of the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Further Support for Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine”. (Read more)

Piloting 'Building on Competences for Prison Managers’ development programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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   On 14-18 September 2015, the Council of Europe (CoE) piloted a personal development programme 'Building on Competences for Prison Managers’ with the participation of governors from six selected prisons (Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Foča, Mostar, Tuzla and Zenica) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Read more)

Training on effective prison inspection in "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

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   A 5-day advanced training for future prison inspectors on effective prison inspection, including mechanisms for prevention of corruption and monitoring human rights compliance, was held from 14 to 18 September 2015 in Shtip. The training was delivered by two international and two national experts for a total of 8 participants from the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions, future prison inspectors. (Read more)

Seminar on presenting amendments to the Latvian legislation on police short term detention centers

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   On 14–15 September a seminar on presenting amendments to the Latvian legislation regarding the police short term detention centers was organized in Riga. The seminar presented the developments introduced to the system and draft amendments to the legal framework regarding police short term detention centers, developed by national experts in response to identified challenges as well as relevant shortcomings of detention in police establishments in Latvia. (Read more)

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