Criminal law co-operation

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Activities in March 2016

March global work plan

Projects underway

Publications

Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries

   in English

Combating Ill-treatment in Prison

   in English

Prison health care and medical ethics

   in English
   in Russian
   in Georgian
   in Armenian
   in Ukrainian

Standards and Ethics in Electronic Monitoring

   in English
   in Bosnian / Serbian / Croatian

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

Bilateral activities/Police

- Seminar "Police interactions with citizens in crime investigation and community engagement - Delivering Professional Standards" (Yerevan, Armenia, 30-31 March 2016) - Agenda -

- Workshop on "CPT standards and the rights of persons in police custody" (Krakow, Poland, 10-11 May 2016) - 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

Multilateral Meeting on Mental Health Care in Prison

Strasbourg, 27-28 April 2016

The meeting will bring together representatives of prison administrations responsible for prison mental health care and prison psychiatrists and psychologists from all Council of Europe member states to share policies and good practices for improving the care for prisoners affected by mental health problems.
Special references will be made to the standards set out in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Recommendation (06)2 on the European Prison Rules and Recommendation (98)7 concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prison, as well as to the relevant CPT standards.
For more information about the meeting, please refer to the Concept Paper

Round table on identification of the most appropriate model for an External Oversight Mechanism over police work

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A 1-day Round Table to discuss and present to the wider professional audience the most suitable model of independent external oversight mechanism over the police work, was organised in Skopje on 20 April 2016. A total of 40 participants were present, including high level representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, the Ombudsman office, judges, prosecutors, university professors, lawyers, and representatives from the NGO sector and international community. (Read more)

Public Hearing on Probation legislation in Armenia

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Following the submission of the legislative package on Probation to the National Assembly on 7 April 2016, a public hearing was organized on 15 April 2016 by the CoE Office in Yerevan in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia.
The CoE has previously contributed to the preparation of the new legislation by supporting the drafting of the Concept Paper on the “Introduction of Probation Service in the Republic of Armenia” and by submitting a Legal Opinion on the draft Probation Law to the Ministry of Justice. (Read more)

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


In the framework of bilateral activities in the field of police, the Council of Europe, together with the Police of the Republic of Armenia, organised a seminar for police officers on "Police interactions with citizens in crime investigation and community engagement - Delivering Professional Standards", which took place 30 and 31 March 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia.
Seminar programme. Video in Armenian (from 1:14 to 3:00 min)

Improving rehabilitative approaches in Prison regimes in Ukraine

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On 10-11 March 2016 the prison governors and prison staff responsible for regime and rehabilitation of prisoners attended a seminar held at the Personnel Training College of the State Pentitentiary Service in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. The aim of the seminar was to deepen the insights of the project partners into the topics of their mini-projects, such as pro-social modelling, safety of more vulnerable prisoners, prevention of suicide and self-harm and how these initiatives could eventually contribute to a framework of higher objectives. (Read more)

Working group meeting on “Necessary legislative reforms in the sphere of healthcare in prisons in the Republic of Armenia”

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A one-day working group meeting was held on 1 March 2016 in Yerevan with the aim to finalize the draft Concept Paper on the necessary legislative changes in the field of health care in prisons in Armenia, as well as to coordinate it with the amendments proposed under the legislative component of the project. The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Justice, two international and three local CoE consultants, members of the working group on the legislative component of the project, and representatives of civil society. (Read more)

Regional Conference “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries”

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A Regional Conference “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries” took place on 18 February 2016, in Tbilisi (Georgia).
The conference brought together representatives of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia and Ministries of Justice of Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine and their respective penitentiary and probation services, consultants and representatives of the Council of Europe, as well as civil society and internationals organizations with an aim of presenting and discussing results of the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in the four countries of Eastern Partnership. (Read more)

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
The last outputs developed in a form of publications and produced under the auspices of the completed Joint Programme “Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons”, are now available at the website of the Criminal Law Co-operation Unit, Action against Crime Department, DG Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe.
These publications are used by the national beneficiaries, namely the police and penitentiary system, for trainings and other capacity-building measures of their staff, including inter-agency coordination and fund-raising activities, thus ensuring sustainability of the results achieved under the Joint Programme.
The following publications are made available in English language:
1. Training Manual – In-service police training on human rights and police proceedings, Module 1: Ethical Conduct and Respect of Human Rights in Police Proceedings
2. Training Manual – In-service police training on human rights and police proceedings, Module 2: Apprehension and Use of Police Force
3. Training Manual – In-service police training on human rights and police proceedings, Module 3: Detention and Prevention of Ill-Treatment
4. National Strategy on the Development of the Penitentiary system (2015–2019)
5. Trainers' Manual on Prevention and Conflict Management
6. Trainers' Manual on Sentence Planning

Training for Trainers on “Combating Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries”

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On 4 and 5 February Training for Trainers on “Combating Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries” has been conducted in Kiev (Ukraine). The training has gathered 14 trainers charged with training of prison and probation staff from four countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
The structure of curriculum and relevant methodology has been discussed during the 2-day training in relation with the prevention and combating prison overcrowding. The Training was based on the CoE standards which are covering the issues on combating prison overcrowding. (Read more)

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)

Second round of training of trainers on probation in Aghveran, Armenia


The Council of Europe office in Yerevan conducted the second round of training of trainers on probation on 25-29 January 2016 in Aghveran, Armenia. The training built upon the feedback received by the trainees during the first round of training conducted on 14-18 December 2015 and was based on the training manual that was revised accordingly. The aim of the training was to improve participants’ trainer skills with focus on the presentation and communication skills and the use and design of training tools. (Read more)

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)

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.
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)

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

Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in the Republic of Moldova

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 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).
The country-specific problems defined by the study were highlighted, followed by very topical and open discussions. (Read more)

Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Ukraine

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 A Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Ukraine” took place on 21 April 2016, at the Radisson Blu Kiev Hotel in Kiev (Ukraine) further to the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in Ukraine. (Read more)

Cascade training sessions on probation in Armenia

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 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.
The sessions were delivered by three local experts who earlier in the year attended a series of Training of Trainers sessions based on the manual developed within the project "Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia” supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway”. (Read more)

Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Armenia


 A Round Table on “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Armenia” took place on 19 April 2016, in Yerevan.
The Round Table brought together representatives of the Ministry of Justice, penitentiary service, members of the Parliament, judges, prosecutors, staff of the Ombudsman and other officials, as well as civil society and international organisations, with an aim of presenting and discussing results of the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in Armenia and other countries of Eastern Partnership. (Read more)

Study visit to Slovenia regarding the establishment of an External Oversight Mechanism over police work

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 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

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 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


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Development of the brochure on prisoners' rights in Ukraine

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 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.
The round tables, led by the Council of Europe national experts in February and March 2016, were organised to identify the scope of information to be included in the brochure, a user-friendly formant and to discuss the content of the publication. (Read more)

3rd high level expert meeting on the draft Training strategy for prison staff in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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 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. (Read more)

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)

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.
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)

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