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, in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Ombudsman 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 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 1 January 2017 and will be completed by the end of May 2019, has an overall budget of 780,000 euros.

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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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I'm changing my way of thinking because I want to change myself

2018 Serbia

"The most important thing is not to get out of here with the same way of thinking and not to repeat a mistake and then have to come back here. I feel like I am maturing, even now I'm thinking and reacting differently," says Dragana Bogdanovic from the Women's prison Pozarevac. She is one of the...

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National Mental Health Policy dialogue

8-9 June Belgrade

A two-day intense dialogue “Towards a New Mental Health Policy and Human Rights based treatment” took place in Belgrade, on 08-09 June 2018. More than fifty psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, patients and their family members, gathered to discuss intricacies of mental health...

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