We advocate for the UN Bangkok Rules through various initiatives, events and statements at the international level.
We are active participants at: UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Crime Commission), UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly.
We promote the Rules with: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Working Group on discrimination against women, the Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Women, the Special Rapporteurs on violence against women and on torture and ill-treatment, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Recently, we have been working with the torture prevention bodies at the UN level to promote a gender-sensitive approach to their work. We have undertaken training for UN peacekeepers who will be deployed in correctional settings on the UN Bangkok Rules. At the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) in 2016, we raised awareness about the disproportionate impact of the ‘war on drugs’ on women. Our many submissions and statements to various bodies highlight the many issues facing women in criminal justice systems, including gender-specific/status offences, disadvantages during penal procedures, non-custodial measures, vulnerability to sexual abuse, imprisonment and detention, girls in prison and rehabilitation.
We also specifically promote the provisions in the UN Bangkok Rules which provide the only international safeguards for children of imprisoned parents, an often invisible and highly vulnerable group.