The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, together with three European project partners, the Associazione Antigone, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, have addressed how NPMs can effectively improve detention conditions across the EU in the framework of the EU-funded Project ‘Improving judicial cooperation across the EU through harmonised detention standards – The role of National Preventive Mechanisms’(2019–2021).
Based on extensive consultations with EU NPMs and other stakeholders, the two-year Project resulted in the publication of a series of handbooks for National Preventive Mechanisms covering four thematic issues:
- "Monitoring prison violence" by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (Philipp Hamedl, Giuliana Monina)
- "Monitoring solitary confinement in prison" by the Associazione Antigone (Federica Brioschi, Claudio Paterniti)
- "Prisoners in a situation of vulnerability" by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (Krassimir Kanev)
- "Complaint procedures and the right to information in prisons" by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Eszter Kirs)
- "Dossier on systemic thinking in preventive human rights monitoring" by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (Walter Suntinger, Moritz Birk)