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Closing conference - enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Kosovo*

Pristina 17 July 2018
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Closing conference - enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Kosovo*

The results of the action “Enhancing the protection of human rights of prisoners in Kosovo*” were presented in a closing conference that took place in Pristina on 11 July 2018. The Council of Europe programme manager of the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit (CLCU) opened the conference, followed by welcome addresses by the Head of Cooperation Section of the European Union Office in Kosovo, the Minister of Health and the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Justice.

The CLCU project team presented the achieved results/outputs and the means to ensure sustainability of the outputs beyond the project. The conference highlighted the actions’ contribution to strengthen the safeguards securing better protection of the rights of prisoners.

This action contributed to the development of the dynamic security concept, rehabilitation programmes for inmates and the working methodology of the prison inspectorate. In addition, it provided significant assistance to the improvement of the provision of health care, including mental health care and the application of medical ethics in prison, as well as support to a number of other fields such as capacity building, legal drafting etc.

The results and the feedback of the project were also presented by beneficiaries, namely the Director General of Kosovo* Correctional Services, the Head of the Prison Health Department, the Chief Prison Inspector, as well as other partner organisations such as the National Prevention Mechanism and the Kosovo* Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims.

Over 50 participants from local institutions, including prison correctional and healthcare officials, prison inspectors, as well as international organisations and media took part in the conference.

The action was co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, as part of the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.