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Law enforcement officers train to improve human rights record

Teslic 11 July 2018
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Law enforcement officers train to improve human rights record

Procedures for deprivation of liberty and treatment of apprehended and detained persons in the custodial environment are discussed in light of the Council of Europe conventions and recommendations in the ongoing training session for law enforcement officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The backdrop for this activity, are the Guidelines for dealing with persons deprived of liberty in closed environments.

The session took place on 9-10 July 2018 in Teslic. It was intended for law enforcement officers of various police agencies, authorised to deprive suspect offenders of their liberty and hold them in custody. The emphasis is placed on the three rights most prone to infringements, according to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) reports to the authorities: access to medical doctors, access to lawyers and the right to inform a close relative or a third person of choice about the deprivation of liberty.

This 10-month training cycle will improve the implementation of human rights protection mechanisms among experienced police and prison professionals within the process of aligning custodial practices with the best European practices and CPT standards. The activities are organised within the framework "Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey" with joint European Union and Council of Europe funds under the project "Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced prisons in Bosnia and Herzegovina", implemented by the Council of Europe.