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.
Skopje: Launching of the Horizontal Facility Project “Enhancing human rights policing”
The Project "Enhancing human rights policing" co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe as part of the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey” and implemented by the Council of Europe, was launched on 21 September 2016 in Skopje. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the protection of human rights in the country in line with the Council of Europe and international standards. (Read more)
World Suicide Prevention Day in Georgia – opportunity for joint actions conjointes
The Council of Europe marked the World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2016) with a high-level meeting where the representatives of the different state institutions and independent experts debated the current situation in suicide prevention in Georgia and suggested possible future steps. (Read more)
Training of trainers in Armenia
On 5-9 and 11-15 July 2016, the Council of Europe organised two five-day training of trainers sessions (ToTs) on prison healthcare in Arthur’s Aghveran Resort, Armenia. Thirty three participants representing penitentiary institutions, the Ministry of Justice, the Yerevan State Medical University, the Ombudsman’s Office, NGOs, the Law Institute of MoJ, and the National Institute of Health were trained on two modules developed by CoE experts, namely Health prevention and promotion activities in prisons and Medical ethics and human rights for prison medical and non-medical staff. (Read more)
Review of the prisoners' complaint mechanism in Ukraine
Kyiv, 7 July 2016 - The Council of Europe experts provided a review of the existing prisoners’ complaint mechanism in Ukraine and presented their findings and recommendations to the key actors concerned with implementation of criminal sanctions. The expert discussion attracted representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, National Preventive Mechanism, General Prosecutor’s Office and human rights defence organisations. (Read more)
Highlights 2015 are now available online
Assessment of the prison healthcare reform in Georgia
Launching conference in Skopje – HF Project “Strengthening the protection of the rights of sentenced persons”
Helping prisoners in Ukraine understand their rights
A practical Question and Answer handbook on prisoners’ rights in Ukraine has been developed jointly by the Council of Europe experts, prisoners’ advocates, human rights defenders, representatives of the Ombudsman Office and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. This self-help handbook is to be disseminated among prisoners aiming to raise their awareness on rights in confinement. It is also designed to be used by all actors involved in execution of criminal sanctions including policy-makers, prisoners’ advocates, prison personnel and non-governmental organizations.
Launching of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programme “Atlantis”
Launching of the Project on Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and other Closed Institutions
The second phase of the successful Council of Europe/European Union Project on “Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia II” has started. It will be dedicated to continuing to strengthen human rights of people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improving access to healthcare including mental health for persons deprived of their liberty.
Multilateral Meeting on Mental Health Care in Prison
Strasbourg, 27-28 April 2016
Round Table on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Armenia
Public Hearing on Probation legislation in Armenia
Seminar on Police Interaction with Citizens in Armenia
Improving rehabilitative approaches in Prison regimes in Ukraine
Outcomes and overview of the European Union and Council of Europe joint Project on Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia
Police Code of Ethics in Georgia
The Council of Europe is assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in re-visiting the current Police Code of Ethics and its teaching strategies. For that purpose, two Council of Europe international experts carried out bilateral meetings with various stakeholders in Tbilisi as well as facilitated a workshop at the Police Academy on 20-21 September. (Read more)
Training of Georgian prison staff in modern First Aid standards
On 20 September, the Council of Europe launched a series of training sessions on modern first aid standards with the aim to assist the Ministry of Corrections in preparing the non-medical staff of prisons to provide first aid for prisoners. The sessions cover the training of future trainers selected from the medical staff of the penitentiary service as well as training of the non-medical staff. (Read more)
Council of Europe continues to support the suicide prevention programme in Georgian prisons
On 23-24 July 2016, the Council of Europe (CoE) has organised a working group meeting for the newly appointed coordinators and members of the Suicide Prevention Council. This was the first working meeting of the Council after the Suicide Preverogramme was antion Pdopted by Order of the Minister for Corrections and Probation. At the meeting, the new members of the Council and suicide programme coordinators took stock of the current situation in prisons, identified the future steps needed to reinforce suicide prevention activities, and analysed the best ways of implementing the new regulation. (Read more)
Round table in Armenia to present two training-courses developed by the CoE
A Round Table to present the modules of two training courses on health promotion and prevention and medical ethics for penitentiary medical and non-medical staff, to beneficiaries and national stakeholders took place on 4 July 2016, in Erebuni Plaza Business Centre in Yerevan.
The Round Table brought together thirty representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Department, Ministry of Health, Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice, Yerevan State Medical University, Ombudsman Office, as well as members of Public Monitoring Group, civil society and international organizations acting in Armenia.
Regional Workshop on Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding
A Regional Workshop “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Eastern Partnership Countries” took place on 22-23 June 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Outcomes of two projects on Prison Reform carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Study Visit to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service
A study visit to Sweden for six high-level representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia was organised from 13 to 17 June 2016.
Final Conference in Sarajevo "Prison Reform: the key element in the criminal justice system"
Sarajevo, June 3, 2016 – The final event of two complementary projects on the prison reform was held in Sarajevo last Friday. The Council of Europe implemented both projects in parallel over the past four years: the Joint EU/CoE Programme “Harmonisation of BiH sanctions policies and practices with European standards” and the Voluntary Contribution from the US authorities “Support to prison staff training in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
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
Round table on identification of the most appropriate model for an External Oversight Mechanism over police work
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)
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.