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Forensic facility staff and police officers improve their human rights-complaint performance

Trebinje and Doboj 9 November 2018
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Forensic facility staff and police officers improve their human rights-complaint performance

The staff of the Forensic Facility Sokolac and police officers dealing with offenders on daily basis improved their human rights-compliant performance in a series of training sessions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Both groups of professionals attended complementary training programmes tailored to their specific professional needs on 8-9 November 2018. The sessions were separate but ran in parallel on two different locations: 25 staff members of various profiles of the Forensic Facility Sokolac were attending the training session in Trebinje, while 26 police officers were attending the training session in Doboj.

The core prison staff trainers moderated these sessions by sharing their substantial knowledge and experiences with protection of human rights of persons deprived of liberty in closed environment.

The trainees were particularly glad that "Bosnia and Herzegovina has finally developed its own human rights based training with support of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Now we have not only a first class forensic facility for patients, but also a training programme to equip us with necessary skills."

The training material used as basis for these sessions was produced earlier within the Action "Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons", part of the Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.