As part of the European Union and Council of Europe programmatic framework “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey” (Horizontal Facility), the Council of Europe implemented the Action “Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Albania”, in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Directorate General of the Prison Administration and with other relevant institutions and stakeholders, including civil society organisations active in the penitentiary field.

Being party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as well as the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (ECPT) Albania is obliged to eradicate torture and other forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The case law 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) during country visits have revealed the necessity that the Prison Administration and other relevant institutions in Albania increase their efforts to improve the protection of prisoners’ human rights and support the rehabilitation of prisoners (to reintegrate them into society after their release in order to reduce reoffending).

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Suicide prevention session for 70 multidisciplinary staff in Albania

16-19 July 2018 Lezhe and Korce

With the aim to improve prison staff’s knowledge and practices on mental health care, a four-day training session on suicide prevention took place on 16-19 July in Lezhë and Korçë, Albania. The training was based on Council of Europe (CoE) and European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and...

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Albanian prison staff visited the Irish Prison Service

23-27 April Dublin

A group of seven staff from different sectors of the General Directorate of the Prison Administration of Albania benefited from a study visit to the Irish Prison Service and meetings with senior officials, including the General Director and the Director of the Irish Training College. The group...

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Development of training curricula and a Manual on individual sentence planning

10-11 April Tirana

Multidisciplinary teams in prison will develop individual sentence planning based on the assessment of prisoners’ risk and needs. The training curricula and a Manual on individual sentence planning were drafted in line with Council of Europe standards and good European practices by a working...

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