Launch of the project "Further support to penitentiary reform in Ukraine"
A new project financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, which aims to move the Ukrainian penitentiary system from a punitive to a rehabilitative approach, is being launched in Kyiv on 3 July at the Radisson Hotel in Yaroslaviv Val. The three-year project has a budget of 1 million euros and will set up pilot programmes in 6 selected prisons. This project is part of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework between the European Union and Council of Europe.
(Link to project)
Assessment visit to four prison establishments in Bulgaria
Four prison establishments were visited on 17 and 18 June by two Council of Europe independent experts and assessed for their compatibility with European standards and in particular, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) standards, European Prison Rules and, the European Convention on Human Rights, the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and (Read more)
Training of trainers on Human Rights of the Persons with Mental Disorders and Medical Ethics
On 10-13 June 2015, the Council of Europe conducted a training for selected trainers on Human Rights of persons with mental disorders and on medical ethics. The training was organised in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia”. International trainers introduced main ethical standards and human rights approaches to mental health issues.
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Study visit to Hungary
Study visit to Hungary for six high level representatives from the Directorate for Execution of Criminal Sanctions in "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" was organized from 11 until 13 May 2015. The study visit was organized in close cooperation with the Hungarian Prison Service, and it took place in several locations in the country including Haves, County Remand Prison in Eger, Allampuszta National Prison, and the Headquarters of the Hungarian Prison Service in Budapest.
Introduction training for Pilot Probation Officers
The Council of Europe is conducting induction training on probation on 13-17 April 2015 for the staff of Division for Implementation of Alternative Sanctions of the Penitentiary Department of Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, under the auspices of the project: “Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia”. (Read more)
FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES
The Action against Crime Department of the Council of Europe is publishing a tender notice for the provision of services of consultancy on penitentiary reform in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in the framework of the European Union / Council of Europe Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation.
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Launch of cascade trainings for police officers
The launching of the cascade human rights training for police officers took place on 7 April in Prilep, in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. One of the main achievements of the project was the setting up of a human rights trainers’ network and development of training modules and tools for different categories of police officers.
Training for high level police officers on relations with media
Training for higher level police officers on the relations between the police and media was organized on 26 and 27 March 2015 in Skopje. The training involved 18 participants the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who are in charge for public relations and contacts with the media and its main aim was to ensure democratic principles are applied in practice in their everyday work and the public trust is ensured thought greater transparency of the police work.
Opening of a long term training for Georgian prison regime staff
On 17 March 2015, 6-month basic training course for 25 newly recruited prison regime staff started in Georgia, in the framework of a joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. The Deputy Minister of Corrections of Georgia, Mr Kakha Kakhishvili, Ms Eva Pastrana from the EU Delegation to Georgia and Mr Givi Mikanadze from the Council of Europe Office in Georgia welcomed the participants and opened the course at the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC).
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Support to the Ministry of Corrections in defining Standards medical services for Prisoners
On 19-20 March 2015, representatives of the Medical Department of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia and all chief doctors of prisons and liberty restriction institutions will participate in a workshop to discuss the standard medical packages to be provided to prisoners. The European Union / Council of Europe joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” has assisted the Ministry of Corrections in developping a document which should define the basic volume of healthcare services to prisoners and to ensure that there are no overlaps between the national health services and penitentiary healthcare programmes.
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Establishing Probation Service pilots in Armenia
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.
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)
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
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)
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.
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.
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).
Training of Trainers on application of the General Criminogenic Treatment Programme and Short Screening Tool
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.
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.
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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)
Presentation of the Training manual for Probation officers
The training manual for probation officers was presented and discussed among practitioners at a Round Table held in Yerevan on 06 July 2015. The training modules have been developed by a team of international and local consultants who participated at the round table.
Assessment mission on prison health-care situation in Armenian prisons
A 5-day assessment mission was conducted within the framework of PCF project “Strengthening Health Care and Human Rights Protection in Prisons in Armenia”. The mission was lead by two Council of Europe international experts and three local experts and took place in Yerevan and other locations in Armenia in the period 29 June until 3 July 2015.
Public consultations on a study on the Bulgarian legislation on use of force
A public event with relevant stakeholders and civil society on consultations on the study on the Bulgarian legislation on legitimate use of force, auxiliary means and firearms by the police officers was organized on 30 June 2015 in Sofia at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria.
Study visit in the U.K. on internal inspection of prisons
From 22 to 26 June, the Council of Europe office in Tbilisi has organised a study visit in the United Kingdom on internal inspection of prisons for representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Corrections. This study visit was organised in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” which is actively working to strengthen monitoring and investigative functions of different state bodies.
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Council of Europe launched project on strengthening healthcare and Human Rights protection in prisons in Armenia
YEREVAN, 2 June 2015 – The project “Strengthening Health Care and Human Rights Protection in Prisons in Armenia” was officially launched in partnership with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. The project is implemented within the scope of 2015-2017 EU-CoE Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (http://eap-pcf-eu.coe.int). The duration of the project is 24 months and it will be completed by 28 February 2017.
The project aims at strengthening human rights in prisons in Armenia through better provision of healthcare for prisoners. The project’s objectives include improvement of the legal and institutional framework of healthcare in prisons, capacity building of the staff and improvement of the material conditions of prisons’ healthcare units, with a special focus on prisons that were considered as problematic in the latest
reports by the Council of Europe’s Committee to Prevent Torture.
Key speakers included Mr Hovhannes Manukyan, Minister of Justice of Republic of Armenia, Ms Natalia Voutova, Head of Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and Mr Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of Delegation of European Union to Armenia.
Multilateral meeting on combating ill-treatment in prison
A multilateral meeting on combating ill-treatment in prison took place in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on 23-24 April 2015. The aim of the meeting was to bring together participants from all Council of Europe member States to share their experiences and good practices regarding policies for combating ill-treatment in prison and to identify ways of introducing new approaches in their systems. Special references was made to the standards of the relevant Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in particular Rec. R (2006)2 on the European Prison Rules and to CPT standards. For more information about the meeting, please refer to the
Concept Paper and the
Launch of cascade training for prison staff
4 two-day cascade training sessions of psycho-social staff on the General Criminogenic Treatment Programme for Offenders and 16 one-day cascade training sessions on sentence planning and conflict resolution will be delivered by a group of 20 national prison trainers. The launching of the cascade trainings for prison staff took place on 2nd April 2015 in Shtip.
Standards and Ethics in Electronic Monitoring
The report on “Standards and Ethics in Electronic Monitoring” prepared on the basis of the discussion at the multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring, held in Strasbourg on 27-28 November 2014 is now available online in
The Report was done with particular reference 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 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.
“Standards and Ethics in Electronic Monitoring”
Commentary to the Recommendation (2014)4
Study visit to Poland
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.
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.
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Prison managers training in Skopje
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.
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.
Training of Trainers
session on sentence planning and conflict management
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").
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)
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.
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