The Council of Europe’s approach to the protection of human rights in penitentiary facilities is threefold. It is based on the dynamic triangle of "setting international standards ⇒ monitoring them ⇒ ensuring relevant co-operation activities to address shortcomings".

This way, this triangle links together:

  • the standards developed by the CoE since 1949 for human rights, rule of law and democracy (recommendations and resolutions);
  • the conclusions and recommendations of the CoE's monitoring mechanisms, which single out the areas where improvements are needed, particularly under various international conventions;
  • the technical co-operation programmes established largely on the basis of the monitoring conclusions and recommendations in order to assist the beneficiaries in their efforts to apply the standards.


Key documentation

 European Prison Rules

 Legal instruments

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