Event: World Drug Day 2022

On World Drug Day 2022, several UN human rights experts will release a new joint statement calling on the international community to acknowledge the devastating consequences of punitive approaches to drug control, and to shift the emphasis of global responses towards supporting people involved with drugs. This joint statement adds to the growing calls for […]

Event: Decisive action to reform laws that criminalise poverty and status

Side event to the 31st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Co-organised by Ghana, Mexico, South Africa, the United States, Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status, International Drug Policy Consortium, International Legal Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Penal Reform International, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum, Community Advice Offices South Africa, Office […]

Event: Prisons in crisis – Conflict, climate change and COVID-19

Side event to the 31st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Co-organised by Penal Reform International; Government of Liechtenstein; Correctional Service Canada; Justice and Corrections Service, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, UN Department of Peace Operations; American Civil Liberties Union; Prison Insider; and International Penal and Penitentiary […]

Event: Global Prison Trends 2022

Global Prison Trends is Penal Reform International’s annual flagship report, published with the Thailand Institute of Justice, identifying the key trends and challenges in prison systems worldwide. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, despite repeated calls to reduce prison populations since the onset of the crisis, the global prison population has reached an all-time high. Global […]

Event: Practical measures for the prohibition of arbitrary detention in drug control

Side event at the 65th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of Canada, Ghana, Switzerland, United Kingdom, European Union, National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria, Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines, Global Commission on Drug Policy, Harm Reduction International, […]

Event: Challenging the criminalization of poverty and marginalization in Africa – and beyond

Side event at the 65th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, organised by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Ghana to the UN (Vienna), Penal Reform International, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum, and the Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status.  The criminalization of people who use drugs […]

Event: Crisis-ready non-custodial sanctions and measures

Probation agencies and others supporting the use and implementation of non-custodial sanctions and measures have been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and measures adopted by criminal justice systems and governments in combatting the spread of the virus in prisons and communities at large. While the focus has often been on mitigating the extreme […]

Event: COVID-19 vaccinations for prison populations and staff: Launch of global scan

Despite calls for governments to prioritise people detained and working in prisons as at-risk groups in national vaccination plans, their inclusion has often been contentious and little information is available on vaccine roll-out in prisons. To fill this gap, Penal Reform International and Harm Reduction International conducted the first ever in-depth review of policies and practices […]

Event: Gender, Drugs, and Criminal Justice: navigating human rights challenges

Side event at the margins of the 30th CCPCJ intersessional meeting, organised by: International Drug Policy Consortium, Penal Reform International, Washington Office on Latin America.  Download the flyer.  The Kyoto Declaration, adopted at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in March 2021, places a strong emphasis on protecting the rights […]