Case managers and investigators in Georgia enhanced their knowledge on psychological aspects of sexual violence

11 January 2022 Georgia

In November and December 2021, 56 case managers and investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) participated in three 2-day training sessions on psychological aspects of communication with perpetrators of sexual violence. The aim of this capacity activity was to support the MIA’ staff...

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Continuous multidisciplinary work - best way forward to support the reintegration of released violent extremist prisoners in the Western Balkans region

22 December 2021 North Macedonia

The third regional meeting in the Western Balkans dedicated to the topic of preparation for release and post-penal support to radicalised inmates and violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) took place on 21-22 December 2021 in Skopje, North Macedonia. The participants were welcomed by Mr Zlatko...

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Project on prison health care in Greece finalized

20 December 2021 Greece

On 15 December, a final hybrid event marked the closing of the 31-month Council of Europe project „Strengthening prison health care in Greece“. The meeting brought together representatives of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and of the Ministry of Justice, Council of Europe consultants who...

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Ukrainian prison staff’s capacity to apply Risk and Needs Assessment tool strengthened

17 December 2021 Ukraine

A total of 336 staff from 38 Ukrainian penitentiary institutions underwent an online training “Application of the Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) tool and individual sentence planning” from May to November 2021. Based on the evaluation of the training results, the prison staff has significantly...

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Council of Europe working with the Court Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17 December 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following a request from the Court Police of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Council of Europe, in springtime 2021, to assist and support the increase of security level for the judicial function holders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a pilot project was initiated and launched in...

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Development of Standard Operating Procedures on provision of healthcare in prisons in North Macedonia

16 December 2021 North Macedonia

With aim to improve health services in prisons and address the shortcomings identified by the Committee for Prevention of Torture (CPT), the authorities in North Macedonia, supported by a CoE consultant, discussed the first draft of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the provision of...

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The capacities of Armenian probation officers were enhanced through the improved training curricula

15 December 2021 Armenia

A group of 30 probation officers enhanced their knowledge and skills on a wide range of topics that are of relevance for their everyday practice. The training will ensure that the probation staff provides supervision of offenders, development of advisory reports, as well as the assessment of...

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Cooperation of all actors in society indispensable for successful reintegration of radicalised inmates and violent extremism prisoners (VEPs)

14 December 2021

Over the last 6 months a total of 19 local inter-agency coordination forums on improving VEP’s management and supporting their reintegration back into the society took place in the Western Balkans region. They brought together some 480 representatives coming from different governmental levels,...

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State Inspector’s Service staff trained on effective communication

14 December 2021 Georgia

In November and December 2021, 55 members of staff of the State Inspector’s Service (SIS), namely managerial staff and investigators, participated in three 3-day training sessions on effective communication. The aim of this capacity raising action was to support the SIS staff in adopting...

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Albanian authorities confirm the partnership with the Council of Europe on advancing the penitentiary reforms in the country

13 December 2021 Albania

Representatives from the Prison Administration, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, National Preventive Mechanism, State Advocate Office and non-governmental organisations discussed the progress of the joint EU and Council of Europe Action “Enhancing the protection of human rights of...

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