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COPE presents at final conference of MA#ME project, Croatia

COPE played a crucial role in Croatia this week, at a conference marking the close of the two-year EU-funded MA#ME project, piloted and implemented by the NGO RODA for imprisoned mothers separated from their children at Pozega Prison. One of the findings of the project was that 50 to 60 % of children in Croatia do not…

COPE meets with Julie Ward MEP at European Parliament

On the 12th January, COPE visited the European Parliament to meet with MEP Julie Ward to discuss the issues facing children of prisoners and to present her with Pledge Cards written by children from across Europe. The Pledge Cards, written by children of prisoners who are in contact with our network members, express, in their…

4 Feb 2016: QUNO Briefing on UN Nelson Mandela Rules

The Quaker United Nations Office Geneva (QUNO) will co-host a briefing on the new revised UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules”), the key set of international standards on detention conditions and the treatment of prisoners. For information about the Nelson Mandela Rules, COPE recommends this short explainer video…

Save the date: COPE annual conference 20 May 2016

COPE is co-organising its annual conference with the Croatian Children’s Ombudsman. The conference, entitled, “Children with a parent in conflict with the law: What are their best interests? How can they be met?” will take place at the Old City Hall in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday 20 May 2016. More information concerning registration, times and…

Final Conference of the MA#ME Project, Zagreb, Croatia, 2 February

The MA#ME project will host its final conference at the Palace Hotel, Zagreb, on Tuesday 2 February, from 11.00-16.00. The conference will be attended by panelists from Croatia and elsewhere in Europe, and Croatian-English and English-Croatian translations will be provided throughout the event. Speakers will include the Director of COPE, Liz Ayre, COPE board member…


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