The relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the findings of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) highlight areas for improvement where member States need to act in order to conform to the Council of Europe’s standards in the field of prisons and as regards the actions of law enforcement officials. Based on the European Prison Rules, the Council of Europe Probation Rules and the European Rules on juvenile offenders, the programme carries out assistance activities. Emphasis is placed on human rights and management issues in prisons, and on combating ill-treatment and impunity as regards law enforcement structures. The Council of Europe is the pan-European platform for discussion of new challenges facing law enforcement and correctional services, which inform standard setting and exchange of good practices.


Multilateral meeting on organisation and management of prison health care

12-13 October 2017 Strasbourg

The multilateral meeting brought together representatives of prison administrations and other institutions in charge of prison health care from all Council of Europe member states to exchange experience and good practices and to identify best ways of ensuring equivalence of health care in prison...

Read More

14 & 15 September – Conference on “Respecting fundamental rights, security forces and fight against terrorism”

14-15 September 2017 Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

How to ensure respect for fundamental rights and freedoms while strengthening the fight against terrorism was the focus of the third conference of the Independent Police Complaints Authorities’ Network (IPCAN) hold by the French Defender of Rights and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 14 and...

Read More

Workshop on ’’Migratory flows, human rights and the fight against terrorism’’

27-28 June Tirana

28 police officers of the Albanian state police attended a workshop in Tirana, 27 & 28 June 2017. The objectives of this training was to identify and apply "best practices" in the management of migratory flows, the conditions of detention of migrants (asylum seekers and other migrants) by...

Read More