International Roma Day: a pledge of commitment in protecting and promoting the rights of the Roma community

8 April 2024 Pristina

  On 8th of April, Council of Europe and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg hosted the celebration of International Roma Day. The event gathered national and international institutions and members of the Roma civil society representing different municipalities. Mr. Eric Dietz, Chargé...

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International Roma Day: adoption of a new Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation to member States on equality for Roma and Traveller* women and girls

Committee of Ministers 5 April 2024 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Roma Day, the Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to the 46 Council of Europe member states to ensure equality for Roma and Traveller women and girls and address the specific vulnerabilities they face. International Roma Day is a moment for us to celebrate...

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Call for Tenders: Local consultancy services on Human Rights and the Environment in South-East Europe

2 April 2024

The Council of Europe is currently implementing a Project on “Human Rights and Sustainable Environment in South-East Europe” which aims to set up the ground for better protection of the environment and human rights in South-East Europe, namely in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*,...

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Fifty practitioners to enhance skills in provision of occupational therapy

26 March 2024 Istog/ Istok

Following the adoption of the Guidelines for Occupational Therapy (OT), as well as the Training of Trainers (ToT) on OT that took place in January 2024, three 2-day cascade training sessions were organised in the course of February and March 2024. Fifty professionals, mainly from the Prison...

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Building a Safer Environment for Media Professionals

21 March 2024

Keeping journalists safe is key to a free press! Therefore, a group of thirty journalists from various media outlets gathered in Pristina for a specialised training focused on their safety. Thanks to expert insights, including those from the European Court of Human Rights, these media...

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Call for tenders: provision a of a video animation on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

18 March 2024 Pristina

Within the framework of the European Union and the Council of Europe joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye”, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the action “Protecting Freedom of Expression and of the Media (PROFREX)”. In this context, the action is...

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Constitutional Courts of Kosovo* and Albania discuss guarantees of a fair trial, in line with case-law of the European Court of Human Rights

26-27 February 2024 Tirana

A large share of individual applications lodged before the Constitutional Court of Kosovo* (approximately 60%) pertain to alleged violations of the right to a fair trial. Within this broad field, 23 legal professionals of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo* and the Constitutional Court of Albania...

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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of International Women’s Day.

Artificial Intelligence - Bridging the Equality Gap

Council of Europe 7 march 2024 Strasbourg

“More and more, AI is giving shape to the world we live in - our job prospects, our health-care outcomes, our access to benefits and services. The list of areas affected by AI is long and is growing. Unless we learn how to harness the potential of AI to bridge inequalities - including gender...

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State of the Press Freedom in Europe: Annual Report of the Safety of Journalists Platform

6 March 2024

“… the alerts published on the Safety of Journalists Platform show a growing diversity of threats, pressures and constraints under which journalists must carry out their mission.” 1 On 5 March 2024, the Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists launched its report...

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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) handed over to the Special Institution for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Persons with Mental and Physical Disabilities and to the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry

23 February 2024 Pristina

The Council of Europe continues to play a proactive role in promoting the Council of Europe values and standards and ensuring adherence to, and protection of, human rights of prisoners and persons in other closed institutions at the highest level. Today, the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe...

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Addressing hate speech in the public space and public discourse, through the eyes of the equality body: Round-table discussion on findings of ex-officio report about the Language in Public Discourse

6 February 2024 Pristina

On the 6th of February 2024, the Ombudsperson Institution organized a roundtable in Pristina, to discuss the findings of the ex-officio report “Language in public discourse”, aiming at addressing hate speech in the public space and public discourse, through the eyes of the equality body. In his...

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Call for tenders: “Support to the Constitutional Court in Applying and Disseminating European Human Rights Standards – Phase II”

13 February 2024 Pristina

Call for tenders for Pool of International Consultants Council of Europe’s project “Support to the Constitutional Court in Applying and Disseminating European Human Rights Standards – Phase II” invites qualified candidates to apply for the Pool of International Consultants for the provision of...

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First Steering Committee meeting in Pristina approved a plan for the Freedom of Expression action

7 February 2024 Pristina

Free, independent, plural and diverse media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society. Key local institutions and stakeholders gathered in Pristina at the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU and Council of Europe joint action on “Protecting freedom of expression...

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Young European Ambassadors sending a loud and clear message from Budapest: Say NO to hatred!

17-19 January 2024 Budapest, Hungary

More than 50 Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) got introduced to methods on how to effectively address hate speech and discrimination. This will enable the YEAs to make a difference in their communities through the promotion of equality and diversity, ultimately contributing to combating hate...

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Municipal civil servants increased their capacities on data collection and reporting on discrimination cases

10 January 2024 Pristina

On 13-14 and 16-17 November 2023, in cooperation with the Office for Good Governance – Minister’s Office, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina continued with its capacity building training programme for civil servants at municipal level. The two day’s workshops took place in Pristina to...

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The Istanbul Convention standards and their reference in European Court of Human Rights judgments

18-19 December 2023 Pristina

Two days intensive training organised with the Constitutional Court on “The Istanbul Convention standards and their reference in European Court of Human Rights judgments”. Fifteen members of the Constitutional Court Legal Unit benefited from the tailor-made and advanced workshop focusing...

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CEPEJ workshop on the role of lawyers in managing judicial time

25 November 2023 PRISTINA

On 25 November 2023, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) organised a workshop in Pristina for 25 lawyers to discuss their possible contribution to improving the management of judicial time. The workshop was an opportunity to identify with Slovenian and French experts...

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Council of Europe assists Kosovo Correctional Service (KCS) in developing tools to identify suicide risks among prisoners

8 December 2023 Istog/ISTOK

On 4-6 December 2023, in collaboration with the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), a 3-day event on early detection of self-harm and identification of suicide risks in a prison setting was conducted in Istog/Istok. The main audience of the event comprised 50 KCS uniformed staff, who are...

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Sustaining progress: European Union and Council of Europe extend their commitment in Pristina to strengthen justice, fight discrimination and improve freedom of expression

30 November 2023 Pristina

he European Union and the Council of Europe have been providing tailor-made support to Kosovo* towards the advancement of strategic reforms in the areas of human rights and the rule of law and further alignment with relevant European standards. Thanks to the co-operation under the joint programme...

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Launch of the ground-breaking database for victims of trafficking

29 November 2023 Pristina

This database, supported by Council of Europe “Enhancing anti-trafficking actions” Project and established pursuant GRETA’s 2nd Report Recommendations, marks a significant step forward in our collective efforts to prevent and fight human trafficking. An intensive process for the development of...

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Fifty practitioners to enhance skills in provision of occupational therapy

Following the adoption of the Guidelines for Occupational Therapy (OT), as well as the Training of Trainers (ToT) on OT that took place in January 2024, three 2-day cascade training sessions were organised in the course of February and March 2024.  Fifty professionals, mainly from the Prison Health Department, along with representatives from the Correctional Services, Institute for Forensic Psychiatry, and the Special Institute for Persons with Mental and Physical Disabilities, were trained on this important form of therapy.

To complement the theoretical aspects and provide the trainees with practical knowledge, some of the sessions were conducted in the Dubrava Prison, in a section which houses prisoners with both mental and somatic problems. This on-site training allowed the participants to observe and understand the application of OT principles in a real-life setting, thus enhancing their learning experience by connecting theory and practice.

These cascade training sessions allowed the participants to further improve their skills in applying the OT Guidelines and tools in prisons and other closed institutions, a concept which was thus far not utilised in a structured manner. Furthermore, training healthcare and correctional professionals together helps them further strengthen the inter-institutional cooperation in the treatment and rehabilitation of some of the most vulnerable members of the society.

Each of these sessions were facilitated by two trainers who had participated in the ToT in January and were supervised and mentored by a Council of Europe consultant who has been involved in the process since the very beginning, thus further strengthening institutional capacity to provide training.

The activity was conducted under the auspices of the Council of Europe project “Improvement of the treatment of persons deprived of liberty”.



*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions, or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United National Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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