Boosting probation staff performance: innovating evaluation and monitoring discussed at working group meeting

16 February 2024 Yerevan, Armenia

The 2nd working group meeting on 16 February 2024 in Yerevan, Armenia of representatives from the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Justice, and the Probation Service in Armenia, discussed the ways of enhancing probation staff evaluation methods. Highlighting a shared commitment to aligning...

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North Macedonia’s External Oversight Mechanism stakeholders trained on effective investigations and reviewed their performance, five years after establishment

15-16 February 2024 Skopje, North Macedonia

A total of 22 participants from the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Organized Crime and Corruption, the Unit for Internal Control, Criminalistic Investigations and Professional Standards of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ombudsman’s Office, and three civil society...

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Call for candidates for a secondment in the field of Police

21 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Co-operation in Police and Deprivation of Liberty Division is looking for a candidate elligible for a secondment to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France). Job: Programme Manager in the field of Police Deadline for applying; 15 March 2024 For more information and for sending your...

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2024/AO/08 - Local Consultancy Services in the Areas of Police and Law Enforcement in Georgia

19 February 2024 Georgia

Within the framework of the Project “Enhancing Human Rights Compliant Approach in Law Enforcement Institutions in Georgia” the Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of local consultancy services on policing democratic freedoms, police monitoring and oversight, torture and...

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2024/AO/09 - Local Consultancy Services in the Area of Penitentiary System in Georgia

19 February 2024 Georgia

Within the framework of the Project “Support to Penitentiary System Reforms in Georgia” the Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of local consultancy services in the area of healthcare and rehabilitation in the penitentiary and probation system, with special focus on prison...

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Quality preparation for release of VEPs is of key importance for security and safety in society

25-26 January 2024 Podgorica, Montenegro

Preparation for release of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs), marginalised and vulnerable prisoners is of key importance for their resocialisation and the prevention of recidivism once released. This was unanimously acknowledged by the Montenegrin prison practitioners who took part in the 1st...

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Skill-based trainings on suicide prevention guidelines for Armenian prison leadership

01.02.2024 Armenia

In an effort to enhance suicide prevention capabilities within Armenian penitentiary institutions, the Council of Europe (CoE) conducted comprehensive training sessions on the guidelines for suicide intervention plans on 30 and 31 January 2024 in Yerevan. The initiative aimed to equip Heads,...

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Albania’s high-level officials discussed the necessary interventions following the latest report of the Council of Europe Committee against Torture

30 January 2024 TIRANA, ALBANIA

Deputy Ministers of Justice and Health and Social Protection, high level prison management and representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ombudsman, alongside with representatives of the civil society, the Council of Europe Co-operation in police and deprivation of liberty Division (CPDL),...

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Healthcare and correctional staff trained on application of occupational therapy in prisons and other closed institutions

22-24 January 2024 Kosovo*

A 3-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on the application of Occupational Therapy (OT) in prisons and other closed institutions took place from 22 to 24 January in Istog/Istok, in the vicinity of the largest newly developed modern healthcare institution of Dubrava prison in Kosovo.* The ToT followed...

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Ceramic workshop donations enhance rehabilitation in Georgia's penitentiary system

21 December 2023 Georgia

In a significant step towards supporting rehabilitation of prisoners, three penitentiary institutions in Georgia have decided to open ceramic workshops. The Council of Europe supported this initiative by providing the necessary equipment. The juvenile inmates in Penitentiary Institution #8, as...

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Meeting in Ankara to finalise legal amendments on disciplinary sanctions and reward practices for prisoners

18-19 January 2024 Türkiye

As the final of several working group meetings on drafting amendments to legislation regulating disciplinary sanctions and reward practices for prisoners in Türkiye, a round table meeting was held in Ankara on 18 and 19 January 2024. The aim of the event was to present the amendments and receive...

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Development of a Policy paper on Discipline and Rewards mechanism in Türkiye

15-16 January 2024 Antalya, Türkiye

The second two-day working group meeting on the development of a policy paper concerning a Discipline and Rewards mechanism was held in Antalya from 15 to 16 January 2024. The focus of the meeting was the development of a comprehensive document aimed at effectively implementing discipline and...

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Call for proposals on award of a grant to implement a series of activities on establishing inter-agency coordination platforms

10 January 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Europe is launching a call for proposals on award of a grant to implement a series of activities on establishing inter-agency coordination platforms within the framework of the Project “Ensuring Sustainable Penitentiary Actions in managing rehabilitation of violent extremist...

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Suicide prevention among different populations: improving inter-agency cooperation in Georgia

20 December 2023 Georgia

An Inter-Agency Roundtable on Suicide Prevention among high-risk population groups took place in Tbilisi on 20 December 2023. Over 40 representatives from various national agencies, including the Ministry of Justice (Special Penitentiary Service, National Probation Agency, Juvenile Referral...

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Council of Europe hands over IT equipment to State Department for Execution of Criminal Sanctions of Ukraine

12 December 2023 Ukraine

On 12 December 2023, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine Maciej Janczak met Serhiy Hrechaniuk, Head of the State Department for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions of Ukraine, to hand over computer equipment. The purchase of 40 sets of IT equipment (including personal computers,...

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Trainers trained on implementation of the Rehabilitation programme for prisoners with substance abuse in Ukraine

7-13 December 2023 Ukraine

On December 13, 2023, a three-day training for trainers on implementing a rehabilitation programme for prisoners who use psychoactive substances ended in Lviv, Ukraine. The goal of the rehabilitation programme is to support prisoners in developing skills that will allow them to overcome a desire...

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Senior management of Ukraine’s penitentiary system visits Council of Europe headquarters

11-12 December 2023 Strasbourg

On 11-12 December 2023, a delegation of officials in charge of Ukraine’s penitentiary system, led by Deputy Minister of Justice Olena Vysotska, participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe. The programme of the two-day visit included closing the joint EU and Council of Europe Project...

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Children’s corner and bakery oven inaugurated in Kumanovo Prison with EU and Council of Europe support

13 December 2023 KUMANOVO

The 220 inmates of the Kumanovo Prison will benefit from the new bakery oven, and some 90 children will be able to use the children’s corner when visiting their parents and family members. The bakery equipment and the children’s corner, with a total value of more than €17,000 were provided under...

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First group of prison staff successfully completed specialised training on violent extremism and radicalisation

23-24 November and 7-8 December 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sixteen prison staff from Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming from multidisciplinary teams working directly with violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) or inmates at risk of becoming radicalised, have completed all six modules of the new specialised in-house training programme for prison staff,...

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Purchase of consultancy services in the area of prison heath care including the mental health care in Romania

13 December 2023 Romania

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of local consultancy services in the area health care and mental health care in prisons within the framework of the Project “Further Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons and other closed...

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Council of Europe assists Kosovo Correctional Services (KCS) in developing tools to identify suicide risks among prisoners

4-6 December 2023 Kosovo*

On 4-6 December 2023, in collaboration with the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), a 3-day event on early detection of self-harm and identification of suicide risks in a prison setting was conducted in Istog/Istok, Kosovo.* The main audience of the event comprised 50 KCS uniformed staff,...

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Execution of criminal sanctions: refocus from punitive to rehabilitative approach

28-29 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

On 28 and 29 November, the Cooperation in Police and Deprivation of Liberty Division held a multilateral meeting for prison and probation practitioners from the Council of Europe member states, that - traditionally - provided a forum for discussion and exchange of experience on a topic of broad...

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Second joint Steering Committee Meeting of Armenian projects

07.12.2023 Armenia

Building on the Council of Europe's commitment to protecting human rights in Armenia, the projects "Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Persons in Detention" and "Strengthening the Probation Service in Armenia" set the agenda for first half of 2024. At their joint Steering Committee...

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Round-table discussion: collaborative solutions for effective offender rehabilitation

06.12.2023 Armenia

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Service, Ombudsperson, and civil society gathered in Yerevan on the 5 December 2023, for a round-table discussion on resocialisation needs of persons deprived of liberty. The event aimed to address the crucial issue of helping offenders to...

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Officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia explore Portuguese best practices on police training

21-23 November 2023 Portugal

On 21-23 November 2023, officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its Academy visited the facilities of Portugal's police training department. The National Direction of Police in Lisbon and Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (ISCPSI) superior school,...

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Good coordination is essential for success of joint efforts to prevent and address radicalisation and violent extremism

17 October 2023 Skopje, North Macedonia

Beneficiaries in the Western Balkans (WB) coming from the ministries of justice, prison and probation system and prevention and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) coordinators reiterated their commitment to strengthen safety and security in the WB region, looked back at the accomplishments of...

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Synergies and complementarity are vital for efficient prevention and countering radicalisation and violent extremism in Western Balkans

29 November 2023 Lisbon, Portugal

The importance of cohesive and collaborative approach of the different donor initiatives in the Western Balkans (WB) region in the field of prevention and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE) has been just one among many conclusions of the closing conference of Holistic Radicalisation...

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Application of new remedy for conditions of detention examined in Greece

04.12.2023 Greece

Following the amendment of the Penitentiary Code of Greece in 2022, prisoners now have the right to complain before courts about the conditions of their detention in prison and to request improvement of the material conditions as well as compensation. A meeting held on 27 November in Athens,...

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New programme for reducing violent behaviour of probationers in the Republic of Moldova

04.12.2023 Moldova

14 representatives from the National Probation Inspectorate (NPI) and 10 territorial Probation Offices of the Republic of Moldova participated in the final Working Group meeting in Chisinau on 27-28 November 2023, to agree on the final structure and content of a new probation programme focused on...

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Successful cooperation with Romanian authorities to be continued

01.12.2023 Romania

On 28 November 2023 in Bucharest, Romanian partners together with the Council of Europe marked the successful completion of the Project “Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons in Romania” and announced its continuation. The Project was launched in January...

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ESPA-VEP Project continues to support the set-up of prison intelligence mechanism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 December 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The second working group (WG) session on prison intelligence mechanism (PIU) manual and training programme, gathering representatives of entity Ministries of Justice, Bijeljina, Mostar, Tuzla, Banja Luka and Zenica prisons, as well as the State prison, took place on 27-28 November in Brcko. The...

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General Directorates of Prison and Probation Administration initiated work on programmes of preparation for release for violent extremist prisoners in Albania

20-21 November 2023 Tirana, Albania

A Working Group (WG) composed of representatives of the Albanian General Directorates of Prison and Probation Administration, prison professionals from three prison establishments (Burrel, Peqin and Fier), and representatives of the Albanian Coordination Centre for Countering Violent Extremism...

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Albanian prison staff improve their knowledge on professional conduct with mentally vulnerable prisoners

28 November 2023 Albania

The Council of Europe is helping to improve treatment of prisoners with mental health disorders and forensic patients by increasing prison staff’s professional knowledge of management of this vulnerable category of inmates. A two-day training was held in Lezha on 22-23 November 2023, bringing...

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Penitentiary institutions of Armenia prepared for piloting resocialisation risk and needs assessment tool: training sessions for staff

27.11.2023 Armenia

From 22 to 25 November 2023, 36 prison personnel of Armenian Penitentiary institutions gathered in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia for intensive training sessions on the new resocialisation Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) tool for convicts that they will later pilot. The training aimed to equip the staff...

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Study visit of Moldovan delegation to Prison Service and Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic

27.11.2023 Moldova

  16 representatives of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP) and the National Probation Inspectorate (NPI) of the Republic of Moldova learned best practices from their peers from the Czech Prison and Probation and Mediation Services during a study...

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Montenegrin national institutions send a strong message of zero tolerance of all forms of ill-treatment and impunity

24.11.2023 Budva, Montenegro

A roundtable convened in Budva on 22-23 November gathered key investigating bodies in Montenegro to identify systemic shortcomings and jointly explore optimal solutions for the prevention of ill-treatment and combating impunity. The event was inaugurated by the heads of the State Prosecutor's...

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A study visit for Armenian delegation: exploring telemedicine innovations in French prisons

A delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Justice and comprising officials from Armenia's Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health and the Prison Medicine Centre sought to gain insights into the well-established telemedicine infrastructure and a comprehensive legal framework governing the prison...

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Rehabilitation of violent extremist prisoners: practitioners from Western Balkans learn from experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 November 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 14 and 15 November 2023, representatives of the ministries of justice and prison administrations of Albania, Kosovo,* Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia visited the High Security State Prison and the Municipality Jajce Centre for Social Welfare in Bosnia and Herzegovina to exchange good...

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Legislative amendment proposal on disciplinary and reward measures for prisoners in Türkiye is reaching final stage

15 November 2023 Ankara, Türkiye

The third working group (WG) meeting, aimed at reviewing and drafting amendments to the legislation on disciplinary sanctions and reward procedures for prisoners in Türkiye was held in Ankara on 15 November 2023. Opening the meeting Mr Fatih Güngör, Deputy Director General of the Prisons and...

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Training curriculum for personnel in discipline and reward system in Türkiye is being developed

13-14 November 2023 Ankara, Türkiye

Following a preparatory meeting held in Ankara on 7-8 September 2023 to discuss and address the training needs of the personnel working in the country's penal institutions, the first working group meeting to develop training curricula was held in Ankara on 13-14 November 2023. The members of the...

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Topical issues of interagency cooperation discussed by stakeholders

10 November 2023 Yerevan, Armenia

A wide group of relevant state agencies and organisations engaged in a workshop dedicated to interagency and interdisciplinary cooperation of Armenia's Probation Service with other stakeholders aimed at boosting collaboration and knowledge exchange. The event, held on 10 November 2023 in Yerevan,...

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Penitentiary and probation staff gain knowledge on revised Risk and Needs Assessment Tool before piloting

8 to 10 November 2023 Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

In a notable step forward within the "Strengthening the Probation Service in Armenia" project, probation and penitentiary officers participated in a joint, intensive skill-based training on the revised Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) tool from 8 to 10 November 2023 in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. The...

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High-level expert roundtable on involvement of convicts in labour

15 November 2023 Ukraine

On 9 November 2023, a high-level expert roundtable was held in Lviv to discuss the issues of involvement of convicts in labour, as well as to present a draft Law of Ukraine “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine (regarding the peculiarities of involving convicts in labour, and economic...

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Kosovo* Correctional Services finalize Strategic Development Plan 2023-2027

15 November 2023 Kosovo*

After a period of intensive and dedicated work of all relevant stakeholders, the Kosovo* Correctional Services (KCS) finalized the Strategic Development Plan 2023-2027. The Council of Europe contributed to the process by conducting an in-depth expert analysis of the initial draft of the Plan,...

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Charting a path to human-centred and technology-driven prison healthcare system in Armenia: workshop on telemedicine and electronic medical files

13 November 2023 Armenia

On 10 November 2023 a workshop on the use of telemedicine and electronic medical files in the prison healthcare system in Yerevan brought together representatives of the Ministry of Health, Prison Medicine Centre, Human Rights Defender’s Office, Office of the Representative on international legal...

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Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine in light of the Council of Europe standards – expert meeting

9 November 2023 Ukraine

On 31 October 2023, a high-level expert meeting was held in Kyiv to discuss the state of implementation of the Penitentiary Reform Strategy until 2026 in light of the Council of Europe standards, as well as execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights related to the prison...

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Republic of Moldova: New Individual Sentence Planning tools for the prison system

09.11.2023 Republic of Moldova

32 representatives from 7 prisons and the National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP) of the Republic of Moldova participated in the Evaluation Workshop and a consolidation session that took place in Chisinau on 30-31 October 2023, to assess the results of piloting Individual Sentence...

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Working group meeting on piloting new risk and needs assessment tool: Enhancing rehabilitation for convicts

7 November 2023 Armenia

The Council of Europe, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Penitentiary Service of Armenia, has introduced a new risk and needs assessment (RNA) tool for convicts during a working group meeting on 6 November 2023 in Yerevan. The RNA tool is designed to identify the unique...

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Joint Effort to Improve Penitentiary Mental Healthcare in Georgia

3 November 2023 Georgia

A roundtable meeting on mental healthcare and its monitoring in Georgia's penitentiary system was held on 31 October 2023, with the support and facilitation from the Council of Europe. The event brought together high-profile participants, including members of the Public Defender’s Office, the...

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Work on programmes for rehabilitation, reintegration and preparation of violent extremist prisoners for release started in Kosovo*

3 November 2023 Kosovo*

What are the current disengagement and deradicalization programmes for convicted terrorists in the EU, what methodologies and models of change? What are the relevant Council of Europe standards and recommendations on working with violent extremist offenders (VEOs) vis-à-vis the protection of...

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02 November 2023 Kosovo*

The first of the two identical 3-day Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions for the Prison Healthcare Department (PHD) of the Ministry of Health on the updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for provision of healthcare in prisons took place from 30 October – 1 November in Istog/Istok, Kosovo.*...

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Brainstorming on improving performance evaluation of probation staff in Armenia

2 November 2023 Armenia

A Working Group meeting to discuss a transformation of the evaluation system for probation staff was held online on 26 October 2023. This event was attended by 10 individuals, including Armenia's Probation Service senior officials and local and international consultants, and was designed as a...

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Council of Europe supports authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing information-sharing protocols on radicalisation

30 October 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first working group (WG) session, gathering the representatives of entity Ministries of Justice, Federal Police Administration and Police of Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Centre of Social Welfare from Jajce, Bijeljina and Zenica prisons, and the State prison, took place on 25-27...

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Multidisciplinary work to improve treatment of prisoners with mental health problems in Romania

25.10.2023 Romania

16 representatives from four prisons of Romania representing medical and non-medical personnel successfully completed a training of trainers on managing prisoners with mental health on 17-19 October 2023 in Bucharest, Romania. The aim of the training was to equip multidisciplinary teams with the...

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Successful cooperation with Slovenian Prison Administration to conclude in December 2023

24 October 2023 Slovenia

On 17 October a final major conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, anticipated the completion of the joint Council of Europe/European Union project which supports the Slovenian Prison Administration in improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary...

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Healthcare in prisons discussed at high-level meeting with North Macedonia’s Ministers of Health and Justice

19 October 2023 Skopje, North Macedonia

The provision of healthcare in North-Macedonian prisons was discussed at a high-level meeting in Skopje, attended by the Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Justice, Director of the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions, two prison governors (Idrizovo and Skopje), senior representatives...

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Strengthening Georgian Expertise: Ministry of Justice General Inspection Staff Trained on Effective Investigation of Torture

14-15 October 2023 Kakheti, Georgia

The General Inspection staff of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia successfully completed a two-day training session on effective investigation of torture held on 14-15 October in Kakheti region, Georgia. The primary objective of the training was to increase the participants’ capability to...

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Human rights training for trainers and newly recruited prison staff in Slovenia

13 October 2023 Slovenia

The Council of Europe works closely with the Slovenian Prison Administration to establish a new Training Academy and Research Institute in order to increase the professionalism of prison staff and thus improve the treatment of prisoners. The delivery of training in the future Training Academy...

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Mental health is a universal human right: Armenian penitentiary system commemorates World Mental Health Day

9 October 2023 Yerevan, Armenia

On 9 October 2023, the Abovyan penitentiary institution in Armenia hosted an awareness-raising session to mark World Mental Health Day, drawing attention to the significance of mental well-being within the prison system. This event marked a step towards acknowledging challenges to and supporting...

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Healthcare professionals from Kosovo* explore Finnish best practices on occupational therapy for prisoners with mental disorders

09 October 2023 Kosovo*

On 3-5 October, a six-member delegation from Prison Healthcare Department (PHD), Kosovo's Ministry of Health visited the Finnish Prison System. Over the 3-day visit, PHD healthcare professionals delved into Finland's prison healthcare system renowned for rehabilitation of offenders, gaining...

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Georgia’s penitentiary professionals improve skills in managing personality disorders.

5 October 2023 Georgia

In a significant step toward improving mental healthcare within Georgia's penitentiary system, a two-day training programme on "Identification and Primary Management of Personality Disorders in Penitentiary System" was conducted on 2-5 October 2023 in Telavi, Georgia. The training programme,...

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North Macedonia’s penitentiary staff drafted a Training Strategy and Programme, group of domestic trainers trained on presentation skills

28-29 September 2023 Skopje, North Macedonia

The final draft of Prison Staff Training Strategy and a relevant Programme were designed by a group of experienced staff from the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DES), probation offices, and various prisons of North Macedonia. Meeting on 27 September 2023, they focused on reviewing...

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Steering Committee meeting confirms need for legislative changes on disciplinary and reward procedures in prisons in Türkiye

20 September 2023 Ankara, Türkiye

The 2nd Steering Committee for the project "Enhancing the Disciplinary and Reward Procedures for Prisoners in Türkiye” convened on 20 September 2023 in Ankara with high-level participants from the stakeholders, including the Director General of Prisons and Detention Houses. Representatives of the...

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Albania: Medical and psycho-social prison staff learn to develop multi-disciplinary treatment plans for prisoners with mental health disorders

19-20 September 2023 Durres, Albania

The Council of Europe continues to assist the Albanian Prison Service in enhancing the skills of prison staff for developing Individual Treatment Plans (ITP) and consolidate the practice of initial screening and in-depth assessment of prisoners with mental health disorders. On 19-20 September...

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Georgia: Special Investigation Service discusses strategy and action plan with civil society and Public Defender’s Office

19 September 2023 Tbilisi, Georgia

The Special Investigation Service of Georgia (SIS) increased the transparency of its work and public accountability by engaging in dialogue with the civil society and involving it in the decision-making. On 18 September 2023, the SIS presented its draft Strategy and the Action Plan to...

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Inter-Institutional coordination meeting with law enforcement agencies

13 September 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina

A coordination meeting between the state and entity Ministries of Justice, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Ministry of Internal Affairs of Brcko District, State Investigation and Protection Agency, the Intelligence-Security Agency of BiH and prisons in Bijeljina, Mostar,...

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Joint trainings for psychologists and psychiatrists of Armenian penitentiary institutions

4 September 2023 Armenia

In an effort to support Armenia in strengthening mental health care in penitentiary institutions, a series of specialised training sessions were organised on 25-26 and 29-30 August 2023. Over 20 psychologists and psychiatrists representing the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health...

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Council of Europe supports the Ministry of Justice of Kosovo with the development of the Correctional Strategy 2023-2027

4 August 2023 Kosovo*

On 3-4 August, a 2-day Workshop was held in Pristina, Kosovo*, under the auspices of the Council of Europe project "Improvement of the Treatment of Persons Deprived of Liberty." The workshop's primary focus was on the development of the Kosovo Correctional Service (KCS) Strategy for the period...

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Special Investigation Service of Georgia meets the local population in the regions

2 August 2023 Georgia

With the support of the Council of Europe, the Special Investigation Service (SIS) conducted eight informative meetings with the local population and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in four regions of Georgia. These meetings were organized on 13th and 14th July, and between 27th July and 1st...

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Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia: Trainers enhance skills to deliver training on interviewing juveniles

26 July 2023 Georgia

On 17-21 July, twenty investigators and psychologists of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) completed the first round of training of trainers (ToT) on interviewing juvenile victims and offenders. As a result, the participants have improved their capacity to train their peers in interviewing...

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Council of Europe assists the local authorities with the development of occupational therapy for prisoners with mental health issues

13 July 2023 Kosovo*

On 11-13 July 2023, a working group (WG) meeting on the development of a specific set of occupational therapy guidelines for the Prison Health Department (PHD) of the Ministry of Health of Kosovo, in line with Council of Europe and CPT requirements, was organized in Istog/Istok, Kosovo*. The WG...

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Georgia meets Denmark to improve monitoring of places of detention

12 July 2023 Georgia

On 26-29 June 2023, 10 representatives of the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia (PDO), including the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), and of the Georgian Ministry of Justice (in particular the General Inspection Division and Monitoring Department of the Special Penitentiary Service) carried...

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