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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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Launch of EU-funded project on torture prevention in Kyrgyzstan

A three-year project that aims to strengthen the efforts of the government and civil society organisations (CSOs) in Kyrgyzstan to prevent torture was launched last week at a press conference in Bishek. The project, which is funded by the European Union, is being implemented by PRI in partnership with the Human Rights Ombudsman of Kyrgyzstan; the National Center […]

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OSCE/ODIHR meeting explores importance of independent detention monitoring to protect human rights while preventing violent extremism and radicalisation

The importance of independent detention monitoring bodies in assessing whether state measures to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism (VERLT) in prisons are human-rights compliant was the focus of a workshop organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in partnership with Penal Reform International (PRI), […]

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PRI to participate in OSCE’s 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Penal Reform International (PRI) will be participating in the OSCE’s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) which will convene in Warsaw between 11 to 22 September 2017. At this year’s HDIM, PRI will be co-hosting three side-events, with a focus on the Mandela Rules, torture prevention and addressing violent extremism in prison. Details on side-events: The protection of […]

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Summer School on the UN Nelson Mandela Rules welcomed prison monitors from 20 countries

From 14–17 August 2017, PRI welcomed 21 detention monitors from 20 countries – the majority members and staff of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) – for a Summer School on detention monitoring applying the UN Nelson Mandela Rules in Bristol, UK. The Summer School was the second training event organised by PRI and the Human Rights Implementation Centre, University of […]

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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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Invite to Summer School 2017: Detention monitoring applying the UN Nelson Mandela Rules

Update 17 May: please note the application period has now closed. Applications are now open for members and staff of National Preventive Mechanisms to a Summer School in August 2017 on ‘Detention monitoring applying the UN Nelson Mandela Rules’ in Bristol, UK. The Nelson Mandela Rules In December 2015, after a four-year review process, the UN […]

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Press conference held in Kazakhstan on prison reform: expectations and reality

On 23 February 2017, Penal Reform International Central Asia, convened a press conference on ‘Prison reform in Kazakhstan: expectations and reality’. It coincided with the 10th anniversary of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture, the UN detention monitoring body. PRI presented some trends in prison reform globally, and developments in Kazakhstan over the […]

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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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Mandela Day highlighted by leading international human rights experts

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, the first since the UN unanimously agreed a revised set of Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and decided the standards would be known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to honour the legacy of the late South African President, a prisoner himself for 27 years and a committed advocate for […]