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Second Technical Assistance Program for the Bahrain Justice and Law Enforcement Sectors

Between September 2013 and June 2014, the 2nd Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Justice and Law Enforcement Sectors on the International Protection of Human Rights and the Enhancement of Investigatory and Prosecutorial Capabilities of the Office of the Attorney General organized three training sessions, involving cumulatively 58 participants. Likewise, the 2nd Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Ministry of Interior for Law Enforcement and Police Officers organized 3 training sessions for a total of 60 participants.

As a result of the success of the programs conducted in 2012 for the training of Bahraini judges, prosecutors and investigators, as well as Law Enforcement and Police Officers, the Siracusa Institute extended its previous agreement with the Government of Bahrain in order to increase the number of Bahraini justice operators who have benefited from the lessons learned and the practical experiences acquired during the program.

The 1st Training Session of the “2013 Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Justice Sector on the International Protection of Human Rights and the Enhancement of Investigatory and Prosecutorial Capabilities of the Office of the Attorney General” took place between September 22 and October 10, 2013, training 19 Bahraini judges and public prosecutors. After visiting the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Constitutional Court and the Regional Court in Berlin, the delegation attended 14 working sessions in Siracusa, on topics such as: Evolution of International Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law; Comparative Study of Individual Rights in the Administration of Criminal Justice: Arab Constitutions and Procedural Laws; Protection of Human Rights in the Bahrain Constitution and Code of Criminal Procedure.

The 1st Training Session of the “2013 Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Ministry of Interior for Law Enforcement and Police Officers” took place between September 24 and October 13, 2013, training 22 Law Enforcement and Police Officers from the Ministry of Interior of Bahrain. Also in this case, the first phase consisted in a study tour including visits to the relevant judicial institutions in Rome (Anti Riot School and Anti Riot Department), and Berlin (German Institute for Human Rights and Anti Riot Police). The study tour was followed by 10 days of workshops and trainings in Siracusa on topics as Convention Against Torture and the Istanbul Protocol and UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and Prison Administration, including a visit to the prison in Brucoli (Siracusa).

The 2nd Training Session was held between January 28th and February 15th, 2014, and involved one delegation of 19 judges and prosecutors and one delegation of 19 police officers from Bahrain, in addition to 12 and 13 trainers respectively. The first phase of the project took place in Siracusa and consisted of 2 weeks of theoretical lessons and practical workshops, while the second phase consisted of a series of meetings and study visits. The judges travelled to Strasbourg to visit the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, then to Berlin to visit the Regional Court, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the German Bar Association. The Police Officers visited the headquarters of the Police Unit for the Protection of Public Order and the Police Anti-Riot School in Rome, followed by the General Directorate of the Spanish Police, the headquarters of the Anti-Riot Police and of the Guardia Civil in Madrid, among others.

The 3rd Training Session was held between April 28th and May 18th, 2014, and involved one delegation of 20 judges and prosecutors and another delegation of 19 police officers, in addition to 9 and 13 trainers respectively. The first phase of the project took place in Siracusa, while the second, more practical, phase, consisted in a study tour to the relevant European judicial institutions. In particular, the judges travelled to Strasbourg to visit the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Appeal in Colmar and the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), then to Madrid to visit, among others, the Ministry of Justice, the High Judicial Council and the Supreme Court. The Police Officers visited the headquarters of the Police Unit for the Protection of Public Order, the Scientific Police and the Postal Police Departments in Rome, followed by the headquarters of the Anti-Riot Police and of the Guardia Civil in Madrid.

While maintaining a substantial continuity with the 2012 program as far as methodology and organization are concerned, the 2nd Technical Assistance Program has developed a renewed approach to the topics addressed during the lectures, privileging a more international and comparative perspective.

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