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PRI launches Global Prison Trends 2018

Today, PRI launches its annual flagship publication, Global Prison Trends 2018, at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends 2018 is the fourth edition in PRI’s annual flagship Global Prison Trends series, and is published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice. It identifies topical developments and challenges in criminal justice and prison policy and practice over the past […]

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PRI organises Kazakhstan study visit to Georgia on child-friendly justice systems

Earlier this month, PRI’s South Caucasus and Central Asia offices organised for a delegation from Kazakhstan to visit Georgia to learn about the country’s good practice examples in the fields of child protection, welfare and justice. The delegation visited children’s rehabilitation facilities, low-risk facilities, foster homes, and family homes for homeless children and children with […]

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PRI participates in US Congress hearing on international prison reform

On Wednesday 17 January, PRI’s Central Asia Regional Director Azamat Shambilov took part in a US Congress hearing, organised by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, on ‘Advancing Human Rights through International Prison Reform’. The hearing, which was hosted by Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, explored the problems facing prisons around the world and examined the […]

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PRI to co-organise World Congress on Justice for Children

In May 2018, PRI will co-organise the 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children, which will take place at the UNESCO House in Paris. The Congress, on 28-30 May 2018, will address three major issues, which are: the global trend towards children’s involvement in violent extremism and possible responses; the need for more effective ways […]

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First group to monitor closed institutions for children launched in Kazakhstan

For the first time in Kazakhstan, a monitoring group has been established to carry out permanent and independent public monitoring of penitentiary institutions for children. The group, which sits under the Commissioner for the Rights of the Child in the Republic of Kazakhstan, was created with the support of PRI and UNICEF. The monitoring group was […]

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PRI hosts roundtable on access to justice for vulnerable groups in Kazakhstan

On May 23 2017, PRI’s Central Asia office (PRI CA), along with the European Union and several national and international organisations, co-hosted a national roundtable, Access to justice for vulnerable groups in places of deprivation and limitation of liberty: special focus on women and children’s rights, in Astana, Kazakhstan. The roundtable, which was dedicated to […]

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PRI launches new report: Global Prison Trends 2017

Today, PRI launches its annual flagship publication, Global Prison Trends 2017, at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends 2017 identifies the topical developments and challenges in criminal justice and prison policy and practice over the past 12 months, and highlights some significant reports and jurisprudence. It is the third edition […]

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Government, civil society and international experts gather in Kazakhstan, to discuss treatment of children in institutions

Between 13 and 15 September, PRI’s Central Asia office hosted an International Symposium on the prevention of violence against children in closed institutions in Central Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan. Around two hundred delegates attended from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – penitentiary staff, judicial personnel, police, representatives from various child rights organisations (state and NGOs), as […]

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PRI opens new regional office in Kampala, Uganda

PRI is delighted to announce the opening of its new PRI Africa Office in January 2016. Based in Kampala, Uganda, the office will develop PRI’s expanding work in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. PRI has worked in partnership with criminal justice agencies and civil society in the sub-Saharan Africa region since the 1990s. Our work in […]