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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17054)  

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Title In-depth regional training session for trainers on European human rights standards related to vulnerable groups of prisoners and of high risk prisoners 
Description 2 Council of Europe experts, 18 participants from the Western Balkans region 
Status Completed 
Date 17/03/2008 - 18/03/2008 
Location Zagreb, Croatia
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 6 - 2007/DGHL/JP/1722   SEE-PrisonRef - Improve the conditions of imprisonment of vulnerable groups
Expected Result 6.1 - The specific situation of the mentally ill and victims of chemical addictions is taken into consideration in their treatment by the prison administration and staff. Good practices are developed towards vulnerable groups and high risk prisoners, including war criminals.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.3 – Strengthening the security of European citizens
Programme ☆ II.3.2  European standards for crime control
Project 2008/DGHL/1418 Targeted support for national prison systems
Expected Result 2 Management and operational staff in prisons are able to use European standards in their daily work, in particular the ECHR, EPR and the findings of the CPT.

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
Partners Croatian MoJ - National Institution
other Field Offices of beneficiary countries - Secretariat Field Presence
Last Modified 03/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17054) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The objective was to improve the conditions of detention of vulnerable prisoners and special high risk prisoners. In particular, this was to be achieved by the presentation of the handbook on the treatment of vulnerable prisoners, prepared within the same project, and by an exchange of views as regards the participants’ previous study visit to Estonia to become acquainted with the country’s practice in the field of vulnerable prisoners 
Output/Results The CoE expert's presentation provided on the first day of the activity the basis for the following interventions on the national legislation and standards in view of vulnerable groups of prisoners, prepared by participants from all of the participating countries in this project. On the second day, links to the issues raised were then made by the presentation of the Estonian prison system by the second CoE expert. Her presentation followed an exchange of views as regards particularities noticed by the participants during their study visit to Estonia
Conclusions/Follow Up The presentation of the interventions prepared allowed for a thorough discussion on the subject matter. With the help of the CoE expert, similarities and achievements could be recognised. Critical issues in the respective countries were raised and discussed as well.
Moreover the discussion of the Estonian example and the participants' impressions gained during the study visit to Estonia provided for more basis for discussion on the subject matter. 
Participants Professionals from Prison Administration and Ministries of Justice in the respective countries 
Consultants/Experts Mrs Audrey Park
Mrs Laura Kikas 
CoE Secretariat David Cupina, Programme Adviser
Ellen Asche, Programme Adviser 
Total No. Participants 22 
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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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