Criminal law co-operation

Projects underway

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 -

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

Establishing Probation Service pilots in Armenia

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The Council of Europe is implementing a project “Support to the establishment of Probation Service in Armenia” aimed at establishing Probation Service pilots in Armenia in line with European standards. Within the scope of the project a meeting took place between the Minister of Justice of Armenia Mr Manukyan and a delegation from Council of Europe headed by Ms Rakusic-Hadzic, the Head of the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit of Criminal Law Division in Strasbourg and Ms Avetisyan, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia. (Read more)

Consultation on Independent Investigative Mechanism

   On 23-25 February 2015, the Council of Europe expert, Professor Manfred Nowak has visited Georgia on the invitation of the European Union/CoE joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. During the visit, he has been consulted on the draft model of independent investigative mechanism with representatives of various government officials, members of parliament, civil society and the Ombudsman. (Link to project)

Prison managers training in Skopje

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   A training course for prison management staff is taking place in Hotel Arka, in Skopje, from 18 to 20 February, 2015.
This activity follows a series of meetings of the Working Group composed of representatives of the Department for Execution of Criminal Sanctions which together with the two international experts produced a Training Manual and Curriculum for the training of management staff in the penitentiary institutions. These training materials inter alia cover issues such as leadership, performance management, security and communication, and cooperation in prisons. (Read more)

News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Association of Intellectuals “Circle 99”, regular weekly forum on various topics of leading intellectuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the world, recently held its session on “Legal security in BiH and the execution of criminal sanctions”.
Mr Mustafa Bisić, Assistant Minister of Justice, tasked with execution of criminal sanctions and prison system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, opened the session and emphasized that the 2013 amendments to the Law on execution of criminal sanctions have brought this piece of legislation further in compliance with the European Prison Rules and Council of Europe recommendations.
As Mr Bisić stated: “BiH is currently the first country in Europe that integrated all Council of Europe recommendations in its legislative framework. The Law comprises more than 120 legal norms that regulate human rights of detainees and prisoners and, thus, we can say that we have humane prison system.

Training programme on advanced competencies of prison staff

   A training programme developed on the basis of the Training manual on advanced competencies of prison staff was delivered to a group of mid-level prison managers on 11-13 February in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). (Read more...)

Training on psycho-social rehabilitation programme in Georgia

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   On 9 February 2015, the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre of tbilisi (Georgia), launches training on the psycho-social rehabilitation programme “Atlantis” (12 steps) with the aim to develop the skills of the staff involved in implementation. The participants in the training are social workers and psychologists from penitentiary institutions, probation service and the civil organisation “Tanadgoma”. (Link to the project)

Treatment programme for persons imposed with mandatory security measure

   A working group session to finalise treatment programme for persons imposed with mandatory security measure was held on 5-6 February in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The Council of Europe short term consultant, Dr Clive Meux, provided comments on the draft text prior to this meeting, aiming to consider it in terms of his own extensive experience of this subject as well as in the context of CPT guidelines, European Prison Rules and other international approaches. (Read more...)

Training of trainers on advanced competencies

   Training of trainers engaged in delivery of programme based on the Training manual for prison staff on advanced competencies with operational procedures was held on 20-22 January in Sarajevo. The team of 14 staff trainers from prisons in Zenica, Istocno Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Foca, Mostar and Tuzla had their training and presentation skills refreshed by an international short term CoE consultant. (Read more...)

Treatment programme for vulnerable categories of prisoners

   Training programme developed on the basis of the Treatment programme for vulnerable categories of prisoners (imprisoned juveniles, elderly prisoners and prisoners with physical impairments) was delivered to a group of treatment officers on 15-16 January in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). (Read more...)

Training of Trainers on application of the General Criminogenic Treatment Programme and Short Screening Tool

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   This training delivered by international and national experts took place in Ohrid from 13 to 15 January 2015. 13 participants from the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions and the penitentiary institutions were involved and will act as future educators. The participants were introduced with the Treatment Manual and the Operations Manual for the Pilot Cognitive Behavioral Programme for Sentenced Offenders as well as with the risk assessment and short screening tools. (Read more)

Presentation of the National Strategy for the Penitentiary System development

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   A Round Table was organized on 22 December 2014 in Skopje by the Council of Europe and the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DECS), at which the draft National Strategy for the Development of the Penitentiary System in the country and the accompanying Action Plan were presented to the professional public. (Read more)

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)

Study visit to Poland

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   A study visit to Poland has been organised for six representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" from 24 to 26 February 2015, within 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. (Read more...)

Preventing torture and inhuman treatment of detainees in temporary detention isolators - training of 230 staff members

   On 21 February 2015, Council of Europe started the training 230 staff members of Temporary Detention Isolators on international standards on prevention of torture and ill-treatment against detainees. (Link to project)

Piloting the general criminogenic treatment programme in Bitola prison

   The General Criminogenic Treatment Programme for sentenced persons is being launched on 17 February 2015 in Bitola Prison, in "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" as a pilot activity. (Read more...)

Training of Trainers session on sentence planning and conflict management

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   A Training of Trainers (ToT) session on Sentence Planning and Conflict Management is held from 9 to 14 February 2015 in Skopje ("The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"). (Read more...)

Stocktaking and evaluation of the first long-term training course for prison regime staff

   On 5-6 February 2015, the Council of Europe (CoE) project team and local trainers have met in Kvareli (Georgia) to evaluate the results of the 6-month training programme for prison regime staff and to discuss next steps and possible further ways of improvement. (Link to the project)

Pilot project for improving implementation of community sanctions and/or establishment of probation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

   A Working Group session to finalise a pilot project aiming to improve implementation of community sanctions and/or establishment of probation in BiH was held on 26-27 January in Zenica. (Read more...)

Improving inspection and monitoring practices in the Ministry of Corrections

   On 15-16 January 2015, a senior inspector from the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland will work together with the Council of Europe (CoE) in assessing current inspection and monitoring practices of the Ministry of Corrections (MoC) and advising the Ministry on reform planned in this field. (Link to project)

Police and penitentiary trainers to deepen their knowledge in human rights and in prevention of torture and ill-treatment of detained persons

   On 12-13 January 2015, the Council of Europe (CoE) trained selected staff members -future trainers- of the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Corrections of Georgia in the principles and international standards on prevention of torture and ill-treatment in prisons and temporary detention isolators. (Link to project)

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...)

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