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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

Training of trainers on suicide prevention activities in prisons

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   On 12-14 December 2014, the Council of Europe (CoE) conducted a training of trainers on suicide prevention activities in prisons for selected social workers, regime officers, psychologists and psychiatrists. The training is part of the suicide prevention work organised in the framework of the European Union/CoE Joint Programme “Human Rights and health care in prisons and Other Closed institutions”. (Link to project)

Workshop on effective investigation of ill-treatment cases

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   On 28-29 November 2014, the Council of Europe (CoE) organised a workshop on effective investigation of ill-treatment cases, in Tbilisi (Georgia). International and Georgian legislation prohibit ill-treatment towards persons deprived of their liberty. Investigation of such cases and punishment of offenders are both state responsibilities and integral parts of its fight against ill-treatment. This workshop aims to promote the discussion about these issues and contribute to a more effective implementation by Georgia of its obligations.(Link to project)

Council of Europe launching a Professional Development programme for Prison Doctors in Georgia

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   From 29 November 2014, 70 prison doctors will participate in a professional development programme organised in the framework of the European Union/ Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights and health care in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. The programme aims at enhancing doctors’ professional knowledge in health management or diagnostics thus improving the quality of care provided to prisoners and supporting the creation of a healthier environment in prisons and prevention of diseases. (Link to project)

Training on Human Rights for psychiatric institutions directors

   On 14-15 November 2014, the Council of Europe has organised a training on “Human Rights of people with mental disorders and medical ethics” addressed to directors and deputy directors of psychiatric institutions of Georgia. (Link to project)

Two other train-the-trainers activities for police officers in Romania

   Between 27 – 29 October and 3 – 5 November 2014 two training sessions (train the trainers) for police officers were organized in Brasov, Romania, 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...)

Seminar on police short term detention centers legislation in Latvia

   Between 28 -29 October 2014 a seminar on short term police detention centres legislation was organized in Riga under the 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 and Norway Grants Mechanism and implemented by the Latvian State Police, in partnership with the Council of Europe. (Read more...)

Training for prison regime staff continues with the third phase

   The third phase of the Council of Europe’s long term training programme for prison regime staff started on 20 October at the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC), with the presence of Mr Kakha Kakhishvili, First Deputy Minister of Corrections. (Link to project)

Working Group meeting on community sanctions in Sarajevo

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   The sixth Working Group session on improving implementation of community sanctions was held on 16-17 October 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Read more...)

Two "train-the-trainers" activities in Romania

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   Between 22 – 24 September and 6 – 8 October 2014 two trainings (train the trainers) for 20 police officers were organized in Brasov, Romania 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...)

Meeting on health care and medical ethics in prison

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   A meeting on health care and medical ethics in prison took place in Sliven, Bulgaria, on 1-2 October 2014. The meeting was attended by 42 participants among health care staff from prisons and prison hospitals in Bulgaria, such as: general practitioners, psychiatrists, surgeons, pharmacists and nurses and by medical and non-medical staff from the women prison in Sliven. The meeting discussed the application in practice of the standards of the Council of Europe and of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) related to mental health, psychiatric care and treatment, suicide prevention, psychoactive drugs and addiction and prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B/C, TB and HIV/AIDS dual epidemic – relevance to health care in prison. A visit to the newly renovated medical unit and mother-child nursery of the women’s prison in Sliven, took place after the meeting.

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...)

Training-of-Trainers for police officers on Human Rights, Police Ethics and training methodology

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   Train of Trainers (ToT) session on Human Rights, Police Ethics and Training Methodology was held in Skopje, from 15 to 18 December 2014. The training intended for future in-service instructors consisted of three modules, namely: “Ethics and Human Rights in Police Proceedings”, “Apprehension and Use of Police Force”, and “Detention and Prevention of Ill-treatment”. The training also focused on topics such as international standards related to the police ethics and human rights in the police work, police procedures with juveniles, apprehension and use of police force, safeguards against ill-treatment and standards related to treatment of persons in police custody. (Read more...)

Multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring

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   A multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring was held in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on 27-28 November 2014. The meeting brought together high-ranking policy makers and professionals involved in the implementation or introduction of electronic monitoring from most of the Council of Europe member States. The meeting conveyed the message that when rehabilitation of offenders is aimed at, electronic monitoring should be combined with other measures which address offenders’ problems and criminogenic needs.
The discussion and presentations made by participants revealed that the situation regarding the use or introduction of electronic monitoring is very different from one country to another but a common development in almost all of them is that wide discussion is taking place on how to introduce electronic monitoring or further extend, adjust and improve its use. Such diversity of the situation made the professional exchange at the meeting very useful for all the participants who also shared good practices and policy developments.
Particular reference was made to the basic principles related to ethical and professional standards regulating the use of electronic monitoring in the criminal justice process, as defined in the newly adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4 on electronic monitoring. The meeting was an important opportunity for the participants to have a better understanding of such principles and to integrate them in their systems. For more information about the meeting, please refer to the link: Concept Paper

Training of trainers on the right to life and prohibition of torture

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   Between 17-19 November 2014, selected trainers from the Ministry of Corrections and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia were provided with an overview on specific rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights such as the right to life, and learned more about the obligations of the states to protect persons deprived of their liberty and to prevent and effectively investigate cases of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment. (Link to project)

Third training on advanced competences for prison staff

   Core prison staff trainers delivered the three-day training according to the training programme developed on the basis of the Training Manual on advanced competences for prison staff, in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 5 to 7 November 2014. (Read more...)

Training Prison Directors on Health Prevention and Promotion Activities

   On 24-31 October 2014, Council of Europe has conducted a training on “Health Promotion and Prevention Activities in prisons – a common responsibility” for directors, deputy directors and chief doctors from all penitentiary establishments in Georgia. (Link to project)

Council of Europe’s Assistance in Drafting Regulatory Instruments

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   The Council of Europe is assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia in improving the management of hunger strikes at Temporary Detention Isolators and exchanging medical files of convicts with prisons. (Link to project)

Round tables on the rights of persons in police custody

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   Three round tables on “The rights of persons in police custody - international guarantees and CPT standards” organised in the frame of the EU /CoE Joint Programme on “Capacity Building of the Law Enforcement Agencies for Appropriate Treatment of Detained and Sentenced Persons” in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Sector for Internal Control and Professional Standards) and the Academy for Judges and Prosecutors “Pavel Satev” (Skopje, Bitola and Stip) (Read more...)

Round table on the introduction of probation service(s) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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   A Round table on the introduction of probation service(s) in Bosnia and Herzegovina was held on 15 October 2014 in Sarajevo. All three Assistant Ministers of Justice tasked with execution of criminal sanctions participated in the event. (Read more...)

4th Working meeting for the National Strategy on the Development of the penitentiary system in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

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   The final drafting session on the draft National Strategy on the Development of the penitentiary system was held in Strasbourg on 1-2 October 2014. (Read more...)

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