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.
Presentation of the National Strategy for the Penitentiary System development
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.
Training of trainers on suicide prevention activities in prisons
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”.
Workshop on effective investigation of ill-treatment cases
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
Council of Europe launching a Professional Development programme for Prison Doctors in Georgia
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.
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.
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.
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
The sixth Working Group session on improving implementation of community sanctions was held on 16-17 October 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Two "train-the-trainers" activities in Romania
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.
Meeting on health care and medical ethics in prison
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"
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.
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.
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
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.
Multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring
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:
Training of trainers on the right to life and prohibition of torture
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.
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
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
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)
Round table on the introduction of probation service(s) in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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.
4th Working meeting for the National Strategy on the Development of the penitentiary system in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
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.
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