Enhancing the capacities of the penitentiary system and the External Oversight Mechanism in North Macedonia
14 Oct 2021 10:36:00North Macedonia 8 October 2021
Fifteen doctors and medical staff from nine penitentiary institutions in North Macedonia were...
13 Jul 2021 10:31:00
North Macedonia’s senior prison management discusses the necessary interventions following the latest report of the Council of Europe Committee against torture (CPT)Skopje 12 July 2021
Prison governors and the management of the Directorate for the Execution of Sanctions (DES) of...
01 Jul 2021 11:58:00
The preparation for release of radicalised inmates and cooperation during the post-penal assistance period strengthenedSkopje 29 - 30 June 2021
The Council of Europe and the European Union continue to support the institutions in North...
23 Jun 2021 14:24:00
Healthcare and prison staff trained on applying the first Suicide Prevention Strategy in North MacedoniaSkopje 22 - 23 June 2021
Seventeen doctors and nurses, alongside with twelve prison officers, all working in the...
30 Apr 2021 21:40:00Skopje 28 April 2021
Established in 2018 with the support of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union, the...
05 Mar 2021 13:46:00Skopje 3 March 2021
The police stations and penitentiary institutions in North Macedonia are supporting the awareness...
09 Feb 2021 09:48:00Skopje 5 February 2021
Key actors and stakeholders in the field of penitentiary in North Macedonia gathered in Skopje to...
15 Dec 2020 13:17:00
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits North Macedonia and hold talks with the Prime Minister on the need to improve the treatment of persons held in prisonsSkopje 11 December 2020
The talks held with both Prime Minister Zaev and Minister of Justice Bojan Maricic highlighted...
14 Dec 2020 13:26:00Skopje 11 December 2020
Twenty doctors and nurses working across the penitentiary system in North Macedonia advanced...
05 Nov 2020 11:40:00
Prison governors in North Macedonia attend advanced training on addressing violent extremism and radicalisationSkopje 2 - 3 November 2020
Twelve prison governors and other senior representatives of the Directorate for the Execution of...
The Action Enhancing the capacities of the penitentiary system and the External Oversight Mechanism in North Macedonia will assist the authorities in North Macedonia in overcoming identified shortcomings related to the protection of human rights, by strengthening the capacities of the penitentiary system and the External Oversight Mechanism (EOM) over the work of the officers with police authority.
The Action will be implemented in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice (Directorate for Execution of Sanctions), the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Ombudsman’s Office, and the Ministry of Health. It will also involve key partners and stakeholders, including civil society organizations.
The citizens in North Macedonia will be impacted from the Action, which contributes in building a more secure and humane society that respects and protects the rights of detained and sentenced persons in line with the Council of Europe standards.
This Action is part of the Council of Europe/European Union "Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey II"
Aiming to better protect the rights of sentenced persons, the Action directly supports the implementation of the recommendations from the latest European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) report, the National Strategy for Development of the Penitentiary System and the National Strategy for Prevention of Violent Extremism by using a tailor-made approach and peer exchanges.
The Action will contribute to a safer and more humane society by:
increasing the capacities of prison managers and staff on radicalisation in prisons
improving the treatment and rehabilitation of inmates
strengthening the provision of health care in prisons
increasing the EOM staff capacities on conducting investigations into cases of police ill- treatment
Duration: 36 months (May 2019 – May 2022)
Beneficiaries/Partners: North Macedonia
Funding: The European Union and the Council of Europe
Budget: 1,050,000 EUR
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.