As part of our 2020-2023 strategy we are working towards ensuring better protection for persons belonging to ethnic and religious minority communities that come into conflict with the law.
In a project beginning in November 2020, we will undertake a study of European countries’ application of alternatives to imprisonment including how they affect vulnerable and minority groups. This will inform capacity-building of probation officers in Hungary and Portugal alongside a review of sentencing practices in each country and design and trial pilot projects on alternatives which better meet the needs and circumstances of ethnic and religious minorities.
We raise awareness on the discrimination and human rights issues faced by ethnic and religious minority groups within our work at the international, regional and national levels. This includes bringing attention to systemic racism and addressing the disproportionate rates of violence they experience.
In our Global Prison Trends series we document developments and trends pertaining to ethnic and religious minorities in criminal justice systems on an annual basis.