As a part of the co-operation framework co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, known as the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility), the Council of Europe will implement, as one of the Actions in Serbia, the Action Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons - Phase II, in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, NPM/Ombudsperson Office, Office for Human and Minority Rights and Serbian European Integration Office. The Action will also include a wide spectrum of other national stakeholders, as well as civil society organizations active in the field of protection and promotion of human rights.

The Action will focus on the safeguards against ill-treatment of arrested and detained persons, the human rights protection of prisoners through improved policy and reintegration measures, as well as human rights protection of persons with mental disabilities detained in psychiatric or social care institutions.

The key Conventions for this Action are the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), as well as the recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). These commitments are part of the Serbia's EU accession negotiations and accomplishment of goals defined in strategic documents and in particular Chapters 23 and 24.

The Action, which started on 24 May 2019 and will be completed by 31 December 2022, has an overall budget of 900,000 euros.

Enhancing the knowledge of Prison Administration officials on forensic mental health

On 20-21 October representatives of the Serbian Prison Administration participated in a study visit Ireland designed to provide more detailed insight into Irish system of forensic mental health. The Serbian delegation was led by Mr Dejan Carevic, Director of Prison Administration and composed of...

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Cooperation between the Serbian Ministry of Interior and Civil Society Organisations

2 September 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

The first cooperation meeting between Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), was held on 2 September 2022, in Belgrade. During the meeting, opportunities for cooperation were identified and participants engaged in dialogue on current issues of protection of human...

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Selected prison staff in Kosovo* and Serbia trained to make structured professional judgement when assessing violent extremist prisoners

22 June 2022 Kosovo and Serbia

What behavioural indicators could indicate presence of radicalisation? What factors are relevant and carry weight of assessment of a risk level a prisoner may pose? How to translate knowledge and information gathered and determine priority individual rehabilitation and treatment needs of a...

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Enhancing the knowledge of psychiatric and social care staff on Council of Europe standards on prevention of ill-treatment

30 May 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

Council of Europe and National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) Serbia launched a series of workshops for staff of psychiatric and social care institutions on the protection of human rights of persons. The first workshop for employees of the psychiatric clinic “Dr Laza Lazarevic” was held in Belgrade...

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Training for prison managers in Serbia on radicalisation, violent extremism and challenges of its prevention in prisons

25 March 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

Twenty representatives of the Serbian penitentiary system took part in a 1-day intensive training on radicalisation and violent extremism, right-wing extremism and specific tools and programme for violent extremist prisoners (VEPs), which took place on 25 March 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. The...

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Revised methodology of NPM Serbia enables better monitoring of human rights’ protection at places of detention

23 November 2021 Serbia

After eight months (March-November 2021) of diligent work on updating and improving operational procedures and working methodology of Serbian National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), Council of Europe and NPM team jointly completed the revision of Serbian NPM methodology in November 2021. During the...

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Improving the Capacity of Prison Treatment Staff in Serbia

4 June 2021 Serbia

The 1st Peer-to-Peer training for prison treatment staff on using new Offender Behaviour Programs is organized in Vrdnik in period 31 May to 04 June 2021. Treatment officers (19) from 9 Serbian prisons enhanced their knowledge and skills on conducting and facilitating workshops for prisoners,...

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Designing a strategic approach towards enforcement of criminal sanctions and protection of persons deprived of liberty in Serbia

30 November 2020 Serbia

On 27 November 2020, with the support of Council of Europe a Working Group of the Ministry of Justice and Prison Administration begun its work on the development of the new Strategy for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions. During the meeting, members of the Working Group discussed inter alia the...

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Enhancing the National Protection Mechanism in Serbia

22 October 2020 Republic of Serbia

More than 20 representatives of NGOs and Serbian Ombudsperson’s office benefitted from a seminar on reinforcing the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) in Serbia. The seminar, organized by the Council of Europe in Belgrade on 13-14 October 2020, focused on the role of NGOs and the NPM in...

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The Council of Europe continues supporting the Ministry of Interior in Serbia in aligning the legislation with European standards

15 September 2020 Serbia

On 10 September 2020, a Bylaw on Police Powers was discussed with representatives of various structures within the Ministry of Interior in a meeting in Belgrade and coordinated online by a Council of Europe international consultant. At the request of the Ministry of Interior, the Council of...

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