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.

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Online Conference of high-ranking representatives of the police services and other law-enforcement authorities

The MEDICRIME Convention: an international instrument to fight counterfeiting pharmaceutical crime in times of COVID-19 pandemic

4 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe is organising a Conference of High ranking representatives of national police services and other law enforcement authorities to discuss the role of the MEDICRIME Convention in the investigation of offences and how it fills the gaps in the criminal law with the aim of...

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Conference on the role of the police in a democratic society

23 October 2020 Strasbourg, France

At a conference on the role of the police in a democratic society attended by high-level representatives of European Ministers of the Interior on 20 and 21 October, the Council of Europe proposed to set up its own permanent high-level network of the police forces of the 47 member states. Some 90...

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Conference on the role of the Police in a democratic society: Code of police ethics, nearly 20 years

20-21 October 2020 Online

The Council of Europe is organising a Conference of high-level representatives of the Ministers of the Interior to discuss the role of the police and its development in a democratic society. For more information: Webpage - Agenda (ENG / FR)

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Workshop on ‘’Interviewing of victim, witness and suspect Professional standards and ethical norms’’

20-21 November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

29 police officers from different units for Criminal investigations (Domestic violence, Drugs, Property crime, Juvenile Delinquency) from Skopje, Tetovo, Veles and Kumanovo increased their knowledge on investigative interviewing and ethical norms. Participants benefited from the workshop as it...

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Workshop on ‘’Interviewing of victim, witness and suspect - Professional standards and ethical norms’’

15-16 October 2019 Lisbon

30 police officers from the Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) investigation services of different Portuguese regions increased their knowledge on investigative interviewing. Participants benefited from the workshop as it addressed gaps in their professional training as well as revisited some...

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THE SOCIAL REINTEGRATION OF PRISONERS TO REDUCE RE-OFFENDING AFTER RELEASE – CO-OPERATION WITH PROBATION AND OTHER SUPPORT AGENCIES

17-18 October 2019 Strasbourg

Senior officials and professionals from Council of Europe member states shared their different experiences and good practices regarding policies and working methods for enhancing the social reintegration of prisoners and discussed ways of introducing new approaches in their systems in line with...

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The police, a key player in the fight against domestic violence

Conference of high-ranking representatives of Ministers of Internal Affairs on dealing with Domestic violence

24-25 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising a Conference of high-level representatives of Ministers of the Interior to discuss issues related to the role of police services in the fight against domestic violence. The police forces play a most important role – and have the great responsibility that comes...

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Workshop on “Improving modern interviewing techniques in full compliance with European Human rights standard’’

headline 19-21 March 2019 Tbilisi, Georgia

The training seminar for 30 detective investigators of the main cities of Georgia was an excellent forum to present and analyse all stages of investigation interviewing which is based the highest professional standards of policing. Such interviewing requires a total commitment in protecting and...

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Workshop on the Compliance of Investigative Interviewing Techniques with International Human Rights Standards and Best Practice

11-12 June 2019 Krakow, Poland

25 police officers from different investigation services of Malopolska region increased their knowledge on investigative interviewing techniques in what they assess as an important and interesting professional training. The officers embraced the presented concepts and practices in a very positive...

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Meeting on the role of probation agencies in the effective implementation of community sanctions and measures

6-7 June 2019 Athens, Greece

A meeting on the role of probation agency in the effective implementation of community sanctions and measures was held in Athens, on 6 -7 June 2019. The Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of Greece attended the meeting alongside with policy makers, representatives of the...

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Multilateral meeting on Management of Prisoners' Regime

14-15 May 2019 Strasbourg

Senior officials and professionals from Council of Europe member States shared their different experiences and good practices regarding management of prisoners’ regime and discussed ways of introducing new approaches in their systems in line with the Council of Europe and in particular the CPT...

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Highlights 2018

April 2019

In 2018, through 18 projects and Council of Europe budgetary programmes, 33 member states benefited from the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit’s assistance. As part of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI), the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit (CLCU) provides advice and...

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Publication of the Council of Europe report on Prisons in Europe from 2005 to 2015

4 December 2018

The Council of Europe today published two reports reflecting, firstly, the trends in European prisons from 2005 to 2015 and, secondly, the evolution of foreign offenders in prison and under probation from 2009 to 2015. The report “Prisons in Europe 2005-2015” shows that from 2005 to 2015 the...

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Multilateral meeting on Implementation of Community sanctions and measures

15-16 November 2018 Strasbourg

The multilateral meeting brought together senior officials and professionals from Council of Europe member states to exchange and promote good practices regarding implementation of community sanctions and measures and to identify ways of introducing new approaches in their systems in line with...

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A new publication "A brief introduction to investigative interviewing - A practitioner’s guide" is made available to Law enforcement officers

October Strasbourg

This Brief Introductory Guide on investigative interviewing aims to give police officers an effective tool and the knowledge and skills needed to apply that tool in the course of their investigations. It is informed by modern scientific research as to what works and by the real-life experiences...

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Training of police officers in Tirana (Albania) on “Police Interaction with Citizens in daily police work and Community Engagement, and on Delivering Professional Standards”

19-20 September Tirana

The training seminar for 26 high ranking police officers (commissioners and sub-commissioners) has succeeded in developing and improving further relations, engagement and awareness on police in dealing with citizens and communities in their daily work. The two Council of Europe experts shared...

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Multilateral conference on importance of training of prison staff to fight against radicalisation and violent extremism in prison

16-17 October Toulouse

multilateral conference gathered representatives of prison authorities and prison practitioners as well as trainers of prison staff from some 20 Council of Europe Member States, who agreed on the need to further develop training for prison staff on radicalisation, specifically on identification...

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REGIONAL CONFERENCE on sharing experiences on deradicalisation, management and rehabilitation of prisoners in Western Balkans

03 - 04 October 2018 Skopje

The Regional Conference gathered prison authorities and prison practitioners from the Western Balkans, who agreed on the need to further enhance collaboration among the prison systems in the region. The conference initiated an exchange of good practices on addressing the issue of radicalisation...

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Dealing with radicalisation and terrorists acting alone

12-13 June Strasbourg

On 12 and 13 June, the high ranking representatives of 33 CoE Member States, and some Observer States and a number of eminent experts discussed how to improve cooperation and exchange of information, how consolidate the legal arsenal, prevent, detect and fight against radicalisation, including on...

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Multilateral meeting on management of prisonners’ risks and needs to avoid re-offending

24-25 May 2018 Strasbourg

The multilateral meeting brought together senior officials and professionals from all Council of Europe member states to exchange and promote good practices regarding management of prisoners’ risk and needs and to identify ways of introducing new approaches in their systems in line with the...

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Training on “Respecting fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of strengthening the fight against terrorism”

21-22 March Yerevan

A group of 26 officers (Lieutenant to Colonel) from the Police Headquarters, the General department on combating organized crime, Educational Complex of Police, Line division of “Zvartnots” airport and Department of Criminal Forensics of police of the Republic of Armenia, increased their...

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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...

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Seminar on the policing of public assemblies – Yerevan (Armenia) 4 - 5 October

4-5 October Yerevan

A group of 25 officers from the Educational Complex of Police, Department of Public Order Protection and provincial units of Police of the Republic of Armenia increased their knowledge on the democratic approaches to the overall management of public demonstrations with particular reference to...

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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...

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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...

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Training on Police ethics and human rights – Delivering professional standards and effective policing

17-18 May Tsaghkadzor

A two-day workshop on “Police ethics and human rights, Society and police’’: ensuring standards of professional behaviour and highlight the role of the leaders for empowering and strengthening policing standards in the context of human rights was held in Tsaghkadzor (Armenia). Within the...

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Multilateral meeting on foreign prisoners

20-21 April Strasbourg

The multilateral meeting brought together representatives of prison administrations from all Council of Europe member states to exchange and promote good practices in dealing with foreign prisoners and to introduce new approaches in their systems in line with the Council of Europe...

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Seminar on ‘’The role of the police in identifying and fight against hate speech

30-31 March Krakow

A two-day seminar on ‘’The role of the police in identifying and fight against hate speech and hate crime’’ organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Police Headquarters took place in Krakow , March 30-31, 2017. This was the second joint undertaking of the Police of the...

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Workshop on domestic violence

18-19/10/2016 Chisinau

A workshop on ‘’Domestic violence’’ for 29 police officers and staff members of the Moldovan Ministry of Interior was organised by the Council of Europe in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova on 18 and 19 October 2016. Three Council of Europe experts provided training according to the Council of Europe...

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Effective implementation of community sanctions and measures to reduce reoffending and prison overcrowding

17-18/10/2016 Strasbourg

The meeting brought together senior officials and practitioners in the probation field from a number of Council of Europe member states to share experiences and good practices regarding the implementation of community sanctions and measures and probation and to identify ways of introducing new...

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Multilateral meeting on mental health care in prison

27-28/04/2016 Strasbourg

The meeting brought together representatives of prison administrations responsible for prison mental health care and prison psychiatrists and psychologists from Council of Europe member states to share policies and good practices for improving the care for prisoners affected by mental health...

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Multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring

27-28/11/2014 Strasbourg

A multilateral meeting on electronic monitoring was held in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on 27-28 November 2014. The meeting brought together high-ranking policy makers and professionals involved in the implementation or introduction of electronic monitoring from most of the Council of...

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Worshop on domestic violence

28/06/2016 Tirana

The workshop took place in Tirana (Albania) from 28 to 29 of June 2016. It focused on the issues related to domestic violence, in particular on how to improve the understanding of the complexity of the process and to adapt the way victims are taken into account and monitored. Agenda: ALB - FRA

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Workshop on "CPT standards and the rights of persons in police custody"

10/05/2016 Krakow

The objective of the workshop was to identify and implement the "best practices" relating to the treatment of detainees in police stations by integrating the European norms in respect to freedoms and fundamental rights of the individual (CPT standards, European Code of Police Ethics). Agenda

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Seminar "Police interactions with citizens in crime investigation and community engagement - Delivering Professional Standards"

30/03/2016 Yerevan

The main objective of the seminar was to develop and improve relations, engagement and awareness of the Police in dealing with vulnerable citizens and communities in the prevention and investigation of crime. Agenda

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Seminar on the policing of public assemblies and confronting disorder

22/07/2015 Ankara

The workshop aimed at discussing democratic approaches to the overall management of public demonstrations with particular reference to conducting policing operations within the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights. It considered the effectiveness and efficiency of public order...

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