The main goal of the event is to evaluate the current situation in the penitentiary system, discuss the reform of the criminal and correctional laws including development of the punishment system, introduction of alternatives to imprisonment, prevention of religious extremism among prisoners, as well as further development of the civil control system.
The conference will bring together heads of government authorities, non-governmental organisations, representatives of international organisations, in particular of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, independent experts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, CIS countries and beyond.
In the opinion of the conference participants, Kazakhstan will have to take a conceptual decision on how the penitentiary system will develop in the future in order to prevent the growth of the number of prisoners, reinforcement of the prison subculture, the practice of torture and cruel treatment in prisons, and facilitate achievement of other objectives of the penal enforcement system such as correction of convicts and providing assistance in social adaptation.
According to the information of the Office of Penal Reform International in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is currently at the 22nd place with the rate of 321 convicts per 100.000 population.
As of 1 January 2011, 57.038 people were incarcerated in places of detention. Imprisonment accounts for 72% in the structure of criminal punishments. Over 10 months of 2011, community services have been imposed on 1.628 convicts that is 4.2% of the total number of persons convicted without imprisonment.
Experts deem it necessary that new criminal and correctional laws provide for punishment mechanisms that are alternative to imprisonment, and convicts condemned to imprisonment should be legally allowed to move from high to low security if they are corrected.
This event is hosted jointly by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, OSCE Centre in Astana, Office of Penal Reform International in Central Asia, Legal Policy Research Centre, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Soros Foundation Kazakhstan.
Conference venue and time: Astana, 23 November 2011, Duman Hotel, Aigerim Conference Hall. The registration starts at 9.00 a.m., the conference will be opened at 9.30 a.m.
For additional information and to confirm your participation, please contact Z. Malayeva, Project Coordinator, Office of Penal Reform International in Central Asia, at: telephone: +7 (7172)787-674, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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