The Head of EULEX, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, recently handed over a donation of 50 desktop computers, five laptops and 50 mobile phones to the Kosovo Correctional Service to help increase phone and virtual access for inmates and to facilitate virtual meetings of the correctional service staff.
“In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, EULEX was able to meet an urgent need of the Kosovo Correctional Service for computers, laptops and mobile phones. As restrictions were imposed on visits to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in correctional facilities, this donation will help the Correctional Service facilitate the communication of inmates with their family members through phone or video calls, ensuring inmates rights are respected,” Wigemark said.
The donation of IT equipment to the Kosovo Correctional Service will furthermore help its staff working at different facilities hold virtual meetings and will also facilitate the communication between EULEX and the Kosovo Correctional Service.
The Deputy Director General of the Kosovo Correctional Service, Rasim Selmani, thanked the Head of EULEX Mission for the continuous support and contribution given to the capacity building of the security bodies within the Kosovo Correctional Service institutions.
The Head of EULEX also welcomed the production of surgical face masks by inmates, in line with the
Kosovo Correctional Service’s “Coronavirus” Operational Plan. “At the same time, I would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Kosovo Correctional Service staff members who tested positive for COVID-19,” Wigemark said.
The donation of IT equipment is part of the Mission’s long-term support to the Kosovo Correctional Service since 2008. EULEX experts are currently embedded in the Kosovo Correctional Service and support its efforts to develop a professional senior management team.
EULEX also supports the Kosovo Correctional Service in strengthening its capacity to counter undue interference and preferential treatment of inmates, in developing a sustainable system of rehabilitation of inmates and in guaranteeing equal access for all inmates to benefits and medical treatment.