Enhancing human rights protection of detained and sentenced persons in Serbia – phase II


What is the goal?

► To strengthen human rights of detained and sentenced persons in Serbia, in line with the recommendations highlighted in the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) reports and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments.

Who benefits from the Action?

► Detained persons, prisoners, psychiatric and forensic patients and their families
► Prison staff, police, staff of psychiatric and social care institutions
► Decision makers and national authorities and civil society organizations
► Citizens of Serbia.

How will the Action work?

► By building on the results of co-operation achieved under the HF Phase I (2016-2019).
► Through expert advice/opinions, round tables, working groups, training, piloting of programs, peer-to-peer networking and publications
► Interventions based on clear and specific recommendations and inter-sectoral coordination/cooperation (holistic approach), ensuring strategic, legislative and operational changes based on real needs and set European standards and national priorities.

What do we expect to achieve?

► To strengthen the safeguards against ill-treatment of persons arrested and detained by police through better compliance with the Council of Europe standards
► To enhance the human rights protection of prisoners through improved policy and reintegration measures
► To strengthen human rights protection of persons with mental disabilities detained in psychiatric (general and forensic) or social care institutions
► To ensure networking of this Action and pertinent regional initiatives regarding CPT standards and recommendations enhancing synergies and impact.


How much will it cost?

► The Action has overall budget of 900.000 EUR.
► The budget allocated to the overall Horizontal Facility programme amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the European Union, 15% by the Council of Europe).

How do we get more information?

► Criminal Law Cooperation Unit (CLCU), Action against Crime Department, Directorate General I Human Rights and Rule of Law: website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/criminal-law-coop
► Horizontal Facility website: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/horizontal-facility/home
► Marija Simić, Horizontal Facility Communication Officer, [email protected], +381 63 601 337
Besnik Baka, Horizontal Facility Communication Officer, [email protected], +355 69 217 8430