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28 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17029)  

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Title High-level seminar on human rights in prisons in Bosnia and Herzegovina  
Description 8 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 2 days 
Status Completed 
Date 12/04/2007 
Location Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Others: Kosovo*
Groups: Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-PrisonRef
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-PrisonRef - CARDS - Development of a reliable and functioning Prison system respecting fundamental rights and standards and enhancing of regional co-operation in the Western Balkans    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 3 - 2007/DGHL/JP/1719   SEE-PrisonRef - Develop training programmes
Expected Result 3.1 - Prison management and operational staff’s professionalism is strengthened by improving their knowledge on European human rights standards, in particular the ECtHR and its case law and the standards of the CPT, as well as their skills in using these in their daily work.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.3 – Human Rights in public policy
Programme ☆ I.3.2  Human Rights awareness and training
Project 2004/DGHL/67 Human rights training for professional groups
Expected Result 1 Judges, prosecutors, lawyers + law enforcement officials in the capitals and regions of the beneficiary states are able to use European human rights standards, in particular the ECHR, in their daily work

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact TERMACIC, Tatiana   email
Last Modified 11/04/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17029) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To introduce the Project to the high level officials of BiH and to underline a need for creation of a coherent prison system: training of staff, and inspection and monitoring mechanisms 
Output/Results Participnts agreed that
- highly professional and well trained staff is one of the prerequisites for guaranteeing human rights in prison;
- An efficient inspection mechanism to identify shortcomings in the functioning of prisons is another precondition to make sure that human rights are guaranteed in prison;
- sufficient resources should be allocated in this regard;
- there is a need to have a coherent prison system throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to make sure that European human rights standards are applied in the same way.
Conclusions/Follow Up - all prison staff, whether serving or newly recruited, should benefit from training on European human rights standards;
- training sessions on human rights standards should be compulsory for all prison staff, including the management;
- to facilitate the organisation of such a programme, a training institution/structure should be created for the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- such a training institution would include as trainers the existing prison staff who took part in “training-of-trainers” programmes previously organised by the Council of Europe for the topics they were trained on;
- the respective Ministries of Justice should authorise these trainers to train their peers within their working time;
- the Council of Europe will assist this training institution in further training of trainers, as well as staff.
Participants Representatives of the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of Republika Srpska, including their assistant ministers, prison directors and prison inspectors 
Consultants/Experts Ms Audrey Park
Mr Jim McManus
Mr Eric Svanidze 
CoE Secretariat Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek,
Ms Tatiana Termacic
Total No. Participants 12 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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