Parliamentarians are key stakeholders in penal reform. It is parliaments who adopt criminal law and criminal procedural legislation and set the framework of criminal justice. They also have a key role in the implementation of international standards, and in monitoring their government’s compliance with norms of human rights and criminal justice.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the international organisation of the parliaments of sovereign states, founded in 1889. PRI has observer status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union and first attended an Assembly in March 2012 in Kampala, raising awareness about what parliamentarians can do to work on penal reform and building its network with interested parliamentarians. Read our briefing for the IPU on what parliamentarians can do on penal reform.
In 2011, the Inter-Parliamentary Union published its Strategy 2012–2017 and set – alongside protecting and promoting human rights in general – increasing respect for women’s rights as one of its strategic objectives. Read our briefing for the IPU on discrimination against women in criminal justice systems.
At the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Quito, Ecuador from 21 to 27 March 2013, PRI also participated in a panel discussion on ‘The Legalisation of Drugs: Can it help curb organised crime’, submitted a briefing on the unintended negative consequences of the ‘war on drugs’ and delivered a statement.
Statements to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assemblies
PRI Statement to the IPU Assembly in Kampala, March 2012
PRI Statement at IPU Assembly in Quebec City, October 2012
PRI Statement to the IPU Assembly in Quito, March 2013