As part of the second phase of the European Union and Council of Europe programmatic framework “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey” (Horizontal Facility II), the Council of Europe implements the Action “Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. The Action is implemented in close partnership with the three Ministries of Justice, entity Ministries of Interior, as well as with the Ministry of Health of Republika Srpska (RS) and law enforcement agencies at different levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH): State (State Investigation and Protection Agency, Service for Foreigner Affairs, Border Police, Court Police), entity (Court Police) and Brcko District of BiH (Police, Court Police).

The objectives of the Action consist of enhancing the human rights compliance of law enforcement agencies through application of the gained knowledge and skills in the everyday work of the law enforcement staff, as well as strengthening treatment of prisoners and of forensic patients/offenders through the application of specialised treatment programmes and case management system. The Action will also support the introduction of an Information Technologies System in pilot prisons with the aim of enhancing prisoner data exchange in electronic form.

This Action will assist the authorities in their efforts to comply with standards set in the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and to implement recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture – CPT.

The Action started on 24 May 2019 and will be completed on 23 May 2022 with an overall budget of 1000 050 €.
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The Council of Europe assessed Bosnia and Herzegovina’s prison staff training needs on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism

18 November 2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The presentation of the results from the training needs assessment visit under the project "Ensuring Sustainable Penitentiary Actions in managing rehabilitation of violent extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ESPA-VEP)" was held on 18 November, 2022 in Sarajevo. It featured the main...

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CANTONAL MINISTRIES OF INTERIOR IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO PREVENT ILL-TREATMENT IN CUSTODY

4 November 2022 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 November 2022, Mostar - Senior managing police officers from the Federal Police Administration and all 10 Cantonal Ministries of Interior met in Mostar to discuss the efforts to prevent ill-treatment in custody. Police commissioners and Heads of Sectors for Uniform Police agreed on the...

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Steering Committe compliments prison and police professionals on the successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility action in Bosnia and Herzegovina

13 October 2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Successful implementation of the Action „Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina” was acknowledged at the final meeting of the Steering Committee held on 12 October 2022 in Banja Luka. This Action is a part...

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Prison staff invite to multidisciplinary approach to treatment of detainees in Bosnia and Herzegovina

23-24 March 2022 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Four treatment and security officers from various prisons in Bosnia and Herzegovina completed the training programme on protocols for multidisciplinary cooperation of agencies in custodial environment on 23-24 March 2022 in Sarajevo. This capacity building activity was delivered against the...

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6th Steering Committee Meeting of the Action „Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

23 March 2022 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Sixth Steering Committee Meeting of the Action „Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina ", took place in Sarajevo on 23 March 2022. Representatives of all partner institutions participated in the...

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Detainees' humane treatment increases professionalism of Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15-16 March Mostar

Seventeen police officers from various agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina joined peer training on human rights modules on 15-16 March 2022 in Mostar. This capacity building activity was delivered against the background of the resource manual Human rights of persons deprived of liberty in police...

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POLICE AND PRISON PROFESSIONALS TRAIN PEERS IN HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS IN A LOCALLY SUSTAINED SCHEME

16 February 2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eighteen police and prison professionals in various establishments in Bosnia and Herzegovina have received their human rights trainer accreditations this week. This accreditation recognises the local professionals skills in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating human rights training...

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Council of Europe working with the Court Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17 December 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following a request from the Court Police of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Council of Europe, in springtime 2021, to assist and support the increase of security level for the judicial function holders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a pilot project was initiated and launched in...

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Advanced training on application of the rehabilitation tools and programmes for violent extremist prisoners in BiH prisons

18 June 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Europe continues to support the penitentiary institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) by improving prison staff capacities related to management of violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs). Namely, a 3-day advanced training session for the multidisciplinary teams from the newly...

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First local coordination forum on reintegration of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

15 June 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first local coordination forum on prevention of radicalisation in prisons, rehabilitation of VEPs and their reintegration back into the BiH society upon the release, took place in Doboj on 10 June 2021. The forum provided for wider discussion between all relevant stakeholders on their...

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HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINERS CERTIFIED IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

25 March 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The team of national law enforcement trainers accredited to deliver human rights modules within the European Union/Council of Europe projects received their certificates in March 2021. This concludes a five-month long train the trainers programme and a follow up period in which the national...

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Finalisation of a law enforcement manual complaint with human rights standards in Bosnia and Herzegvina

9 October 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Working Group formed of law enforcement professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina met on 6-7 October 2020 in Mostar to finalise operational procedures to be applicable across the local law enforcement agencies. An international consultant assisted the group online. The operational procedures are...

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Information technology being introduced in prisons in Bosnia and Herzegovina

21 July 2020 Sarajevo, BiH

Prison authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have commissioned the introduction of information technologies in prisons, in light of previous Council of Europe recommendations. The Working group, comprising prison professionals and local consultants, had an online coordination meeting with the...

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Multi-professional group drafts forensic manual in Bosnia and Herzegovina

29 June 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The training teams formed of law enforcement and prison professionals held an online coordination meeting with the project team on 25 June 2020 to design manual for interagency cooperation in the treatment and resocialisation of forensic patients in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of this...

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Prison professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina coordinate drafting work online

7 May 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The training teams formed of law enforcement and prison professionals held two online coordination meetings with the project team on 21 April and 24 April 2020 to continue drafting manuals for law enforcement agencies and interagency cooperation in the treatment of persons deprived of liberty in...

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Law enforcement trainers working as a team despite social distancing

20 April 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The training team formed of law enforcement and prison professionals had an online coordination meeting with the project team on 15 April 2020 to continue drafting manual for interagency cooperation in the treatment of persons deprived of liberty in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The draft currently...

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Protecting life and health - Priorities of the law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina

16 April 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Court Police of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as one of the most active partners in the implementation of the European Union/Council of Europe joint project ''Strengthening human rights treatment of detainees based on European standards and best practices'' invests additional...

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Multi-professional group drafts case management and probation manual in Bosnia and Herzegovina

3 April 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Working group formed of law enforcement and prison professionals had an online meeting on 3 April 2020 to design protocols for interagency cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of these protocols is to complement existing good practice and institutional training programs with the...

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Drafting of the Law enforcement manual compliant with Human Rights standards

11-12 March 2020 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Working group formed of law enforcement professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina met on 11-12 March 2020 in Banja Luka to design operational procedures that would be aplicable across the local law enforcement agencies. The law enforcement manual ensuring upholding of human rights will be...

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Call for tenders

17 March 2020

Call for Provision of IT equipment and software licences for the integrated prison management information system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Deadline: 12 April 2020 For more information, please follow this link

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Second Steering Committee Meeting of the Action „Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina "

20 February 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Second Steering Committee Meeting of the Action „Strengthening human rights treatment of detained persons based on European standards and best practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina ", took place in Sarajevo on 20 February 2020. Representatives of all partner institutions participated in the...

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Law enforcement, forensic and prison staff accredited for human rights training in Bosnia and Herzegovina

29-30 January 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A 17-member group of law enforcement officers, forensic and prison staff was certified to deliver human rights based training in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 29-30 January 2020, in Sarajevo, This activity is as part of an internal accreditation scheme developed in close co-operation with Ministries...

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Police and forensic staff improve human rights training capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

13-14 November 2019 Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following the previous Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey phase I Action a series of training of trainers sessions for law enforcement and forensic staff in Bosnia and Herzegovina are organised in order to improve local capacities to deliver human rights based training. The second...

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Senior prison managers set guidelines for case management of detainees in Bosnia and Herzegovina

30-31 October 2019 Sarajevo

Case management of persons deprived of liberty within the criminal justice agencies is among the key topics of the discussions taking place between the senior security and treatment prison managers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. They met at a coordination meeting on 30-31 October 2019 in Sarajevo...

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Horizontal Facility Action on prisons and police in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1st Steering Committee meeting

10 July 2019 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aimed at presenting and agreeing on the Work Plan and the working methods, the 1st Steering Committee meeting of the Horizontal Facility Action on prisons and police was held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 10 July 2019. Senior policy makers from the justice and law enforcement sectors...

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