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Policing of Children and Young People: A Case for “Child-Friendly Police”

Children and young people come into contact with the police for a variety of reasons such as when they commit offences, witness crimes or as victims of crimes. Children’s developing emotional and psychological maturity puts them at increased risk of exploitation during police contact and within the justice system. This paper considers the relationship between […]

Languages: English

Report

Baseline study on the penitentiary system of the Republic of Uzbekistan

This report ‘Strengthening the penitentiary system of the Republic of Uzbekistan: Legislation and practice’ presents the findings of baseline research examining the context of closed institutions in Uzbekistan, including governance structures, ongoing reform initiatives and trends in the rate of imprisonment. It includes a review of all relevant national policies and legislation on torture prevention […]

Languages: English, Russian, Tajik

Multimedia

Event: Digital technologies and human rights in the administration of justice

The use of digital technologies in the administration of justice has significantly increased over the recent years, a trend that has been further accelerated by COVID-19. Virtual courts, the use of algorithms and smart prisons have the potential to enhance efficiency and accessibility but may also carry adverse human rights impacts. On 30 September 2021, […]

Languages: English

Guidelines

Short guide to the European Prison Rules

The European Prison Rules, developed by the Council of Europe, set out standards on the management of prisons and the treatment of people in prison. They apply in all 47 Council of Europe countries and provide critical guidance to prison staff on how to protect and safeguard the human rights of people in prison – […]

Languages: English

Report

The penitentiary system in the new reality: Report of online forum proceedings in Kazakhstan

On 8 July 2021, an International Online Forum “The Penitentiary System in the New Reality” was hosted in Kazakhstan, chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Lieutenant General of the Police, Mr Yerlan Turgumbayev. About 150 participants, including representatives of state bodies, lawyers and national experts in the field of human rights, and heads of […]

Languages: English, Russian

Model for Reform

10-point plan: Gender-sensitive drug policies for women

The number of women and girls in prison, estimated to be more than 740,000, is increasing: between 2010 and 2020 there was a 17 per cent increase globally. Punitive drug policies are known to be a key driver of rising prison populations and to have a particular and disproportionate impact on women. Drawing on the […]

Languages: English

Guidelines

Protecting Human Rights in Prisons while Preventing Radicalization Leading to Terrorism or Violence: A Guide for Detention Monitors

With an increasing focus at the international, regional and national levels on preventing and countering radicalization leading to terrorism or violence (VERLT), particularly in the prison context, states often adopt measures that can have profound impacts on an individual’s human rights. Scrutiny by independent monitors is, therefore, pivotal in ensuring that all such measures are […]

Languages: English

Multimedia

Event: The role of independent detention monitoring in protecting human rights in prisons while preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization to terrorism

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and PRI invite you to a webinar launch of our new publication ‘Protecting Human Rights in Prisons while Preventing Radicalization Leading to Terrorism or Violence: A Guide for Detention Monitors’. The guide underlines the importance of independent detention monitoring and looks in detail at a […]

Languages: English