First Working Group session on rehabilitation tools for violent extremist offenders (VEO)

16 April 2020

The first session of the working group (WG) on the development of rehabilitation tools for violent extremist offenders (VEO) in Kosovo* provided the CoE international consultant with the necessary local input needed for the development of the VEO specific identification and rehabilitation tools and programmes.

The participants also exchanged views on the scope of the structure and application of the initial screening process for violent extremism and racialisation in the prisons in Kosovo. As a result, the consultant has started developing the first two outputs: the signs for radicalization form and the basic screening tool for identification of violent extremist behaviour and radicalisation in prisons, with accompanying instruction on its use.

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, and its work is supported by one CoE international consultant. The WG session took place in a written form through e-mail exchanges and skype communication.

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.