Grant to RCT partner in Kosovo
The Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims will use the grant for a two-year project focusing on preventing torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment (CIDTP) in prisons and pre-trial detention facilities.
RCT has recently been partner in the award of its first-ever
grant from the Open Society Institute, a major donor to human
rights and democratization projects world-wide, with a particular
focus on Eastern Europe. The grant is intended to finance a
two-year project which will take place in Kosovo, under the aegis
of RCT's local partner organization: the Kosovo Rehabilitation
Center for Torture Victims.
The project, starting in early 2011, focuses on preventing torture
and CIDTP in Kosovo's prisons and pre-trial detention facilities.
KRCT has been monitoring Kosovo's penitentiary system since 2007
and is widely viewed as the leading non-governmental actor in this
area in Kosovo. The project has several mutually reinforcing
components: monitoring prisons and pre-trial detention facilities,
improving co-ordination and best-practice dissemination among
monitoring actors in Kosovo, increasing the capacity of medical
personnel in the penitentiary system to effectively document signs
of abuse, and improving complaints mechanisms within the
RCT's input into the project consists of technical assistance on
all of the above issues, with particular emphasis on complaints
mechanisms, the role of medical personnel and best monitoring
practice. All of this, taken together, is expected to contribute to
reducing torture and CIDTP in Kosovo's pentitentiary system as well
as paving the way for eventual ratification of OPCAT and/or
institution of an "NPM-like" mechanism in the interim.
Written by Programme Manager Robin Clapp