Assessment tool for Violent extremist Prisoners (VEPs) in Kosovo* developed

8 July 2020

Location : Online

The working group (WG) on the development of rehabilitation tools and programme for violent extremist prisoners (VEPs) in Kosovo continued its work towards the finalisation of the VEP-specific risk and needs assessment (RNA) tool and its user’s guide. The session took place on 08 July 2020 as online meeting, facilitated by one CoE international consultant.

The participants discussed the draft tool, provided their feedback and further exchanged views on the scope of application with regards to specific categories of prisoners and the verification of the RNA tool for violent extremism and racialisation in the prisons in Kosovo. As a result, the consultant will finalise the RNA tool, which will be then piloted in up to two prison establishments later this year.

The WG is composed of representatives of the Kosovo Corrections Service with different backgrounds and coming from various prisons and staff from the Kosovo Probation Service.

This activity was organized within the scope of the Regional Action “Enhancing penitentiary capacities in addressing radicalisation in prisons in the Western Balkans” that is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe within the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and implemented by the Council of Europe.

 

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*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.