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01 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17056)  

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Title Study visit to Estonia 
Description 4 days, 10 participants from the Western Balkans region 
Status Completed 
Date 03/03/2008 - 06/03/2008 
Location Several locations, Estonia
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

Visits - Study Visit 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
Last Modified 12/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17056) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) A group of future trainers to become acquainted with best practices in the field in another European country, which was recommended by the CPT. During the visits to prisons, they will meet with as many units and staff as possible; the directors will present the structure of the prisons, there will be meetings with the educators, the staff dealing with the inspections and monitoring, the staff dealing with the complaints, as well as with the staff dealing especially with juvenile, women and other vulnerable groups. 
Output/Results The results of the study visit to be discussed at an in-depth training seminar in Zagreb on 17-18 March 2008. 
Conclusions/Follow Up An Estonian expert from the Prison Administration within the Ministry of Justice will be invited to participate in the in-depth training seminar as part of the follow up to the visit 
Participants 14 trainers on human rights from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo that have been trained under the EC/CoE programme ''Development of a reliable and functioning prison system respecting fundamental rights and standards and enhancing of regional co-operation in the Western Balkans'' since 2006.


Ms Xhizela Haxhiu, Social Worker

Mr Besim Peposhi, Specialist of Education

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr Ahmo Elezovic, Inspector, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr Zelimir Bosnjak, Commanding officer of the court police of the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina


Ms. Snjezana Maloic, Treatment department

Ms. Zlata Kocis, Treatment department

Kosovo - UNMIK

Ms Tefta Bytyqi, Deputy Director for Programmes and Regimes in the prison Service Headquarters

Ms Igballe Imerraj, Senior Superviser for Administration in Pristina D.C.

''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''

Mr Simon Josifoski, Advisor Inspector in the Directorate of Prison Administration

Mr Bozin Atanasov, Head of security in Stip Prison with an open section in Strumica


Ms Anka Cerovic, Head of the Prison Administration

Ms Marija Jovovic, Adviser to the Director of the Prison Administration


Ms Natasa Stevanovic - Paramentic, pedagogue, Valjevo penitentiary

Ms Dragana Gajic, pedagogue, Krusevac penitentiary

Consultants/Experts - Margot Olesk
- Miiko Vainer
- Laura Kikas 
CoE Secretariat - David Cupina 
Total No. Participants 15 
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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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