Ten representatives of the Kosovo* Police, representatives of the National Preventive Mechanism and local NGOs participated in a two-day workshop in Pristina to revise and improve the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) for treatment of apprehended persons and persons in police custody.
This action will greatly contribute to the general objective on revising the existing internal regulatory framework of the police regarding prevention of ill-treatment.
Two prominent Council of Europe experts were appointed to lead this workshop and engage the working groups. Ralph Roche (United Kingdom) led discussions on “Prohibition of torture, and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, presentation of relevant case law”; and Francesc Guillén Lassiera (Spain) talked about the “Deprivation of liberty by the Police, Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights”. Furthermore, both experts shared the good practices on prevention of torture and ill-treatment from their respective countries.
The activity is implemented in the context of ‘Enhancing Human Rights Policing’ project that is implemented in the framework of the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey Programme.
* 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.