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“European Union and Council of Europe working together to support the Prison Reform in Ukraine” (SPERU Project) is one of the three components of the Joint Project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “European Union and Council of Europe working together to strengthening human rights in Ukraine”.


  1. Measurable improvements in the government capacity to reduce the number of applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and to execute the court judgments concerned with the penitentiary service;
  2. Improvements in application of modern prison management methods and instruments for more rehabilitative regimes to reduce reoffending;
  3. Better alignment of prison healthcare provisions with European standards with a particular focus on incarcerated persons with mental disorders, HIV/AIDS and transmissible diseases.

Duration of the Project24 months (9 July 2019 till 9 July 2021)

Project Budget – EUR 1 173 200


  • The Prison Reform Strategy and the Government Action Plan further elaborated, implemented, monitored and revised in line with the CoE standards, rules, procedures and best practices
  • Prison management of Ukrainian prisons improved through introduction of contemporary approaches in line with European practices
  • Prison medical and non-medical staff develop multi-disciplinary skills and competences to address health-related problems of prisoners and detainees in an ethical manner, including mental health problems, HIV/AIDs and transmissible diseases


Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Administration of the State Criminal-Executive Service and subordinated public institutions of prison healthcare and probation, associated law-enforcement agencies, the Parliament of Ukraine, Office of General Prosecutor, National Prevetion Mechanism, and Secretariat of the Supreme Court, human rights defenders and civil society organizations.

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Ukraine: Committee of Ministers strongly urges authorities to resolve the recurrent problem of overcrowding and inhuman conditions of detention, absence of effective remedies

03.12.2021 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 03.12.2021 – The Committee of Ministers of the 47-member Council of Europe has strongly urged the authorities of Ukraine, at the highest political level, to overcome the current inertia and to hold to their commitment to resolve the recurrent structural problem of overcrowding, poor...

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Project Coordinator in Strasbourg:
Oscar Alarcón-Jiménez

Project Manager
Olga Derkach

Project Assistant
Galyna Sidelkivska